Subject VETS30020 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures and seminars: 65 hours. Practicals: 39 hours. Total 104 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Successful completion of all subjects in Year 2 of Bachelor of Veterinary Science course

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Years 1 and 2 (Semesters 1-4) of the BVSc course.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

Students should be familiar with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement



Subject Overview:

Examination, diagnosis and treatment of horses with:

  • lameness, including foals with limb abnormalities;
  • respiratory diseases
  • gastrointestinal diseases
  • injury management
  • metabolic problems
  • neurological diseases
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • urinary tract diseases
  • ocular diseases
  • dermatological disorders
  • reproductive disorders
  • generalised problems

Special considerations for foals and heavy breeds.

Exotic and recently introduced equine diseases and their associated risk factors.

Routine procedures used to optimise Thoroughbred stud reproductive performance.

Equine castration.

Learning Outcomes:

Students completing Horses should have a sound knowledge of:

  • the common equine diseases and diagnostic procedures;
  • how to conduct a thorough and logical clinical investigation, based on the presenting sign(s), interpret the findings and arrive at a reasonable diagnosis;
  • how to provide adequate treatment for all problems commonly encountered in equines;
  • how to castrate a horse competently;
  • how to implement all common disease prevention strategies;
  • exotic and recently introduced equine infectious diseases and how to deal with a suspected case of same;
  • how to complete an appropriate pre-purchase or insurance examination and certificate; and
  • how to discuss cases with colleagues using precise and concise veterinary nomenclature
  • One 2-hour written paper held at the end of semester 1 (45%)
  • Equine practical examination held during semester 2 (10%)
  • One 2-hour written paper held at the end of semester 2 (45%)

Students are required to pass the written papers on aggregate mark and must satisfactorily complete the practical examination.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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