Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Subject VETS30025 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures: 36 hours. Workshops: 8 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

90 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: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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



Subject Overview:

This subject covers:

  • Scientific method and systems analysis.
  • Veterinary epidemiology.
  • Introduction to diagnostic methods.
  • Animal breeding and genetic improvement.
  • Principles of:
    - Surgery in diagnosis;
    - Radiography.

Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this subject should:

  • understand the scientific method;
  • be able to critically read scientific papers;
  • understand the multi-factor nature of disease;
  • understand the concepts of epidemiology;
  • be aware of factors which influence patterns of disease;
  • be familiar with the techniques of data acquisition and analysis and the uses and limitations of statistical information;
  • be able to undertake epidemiological investigations of animal disease outbreaks;
  • be able to design a simple breeding program for animals;
  • understand the principles of selection for genetic improvement in various animal production systems;
  • be able to advise on the use of reproductive technologies to improve the rate of genetic gain;
  • understand the principles and applications of surgery as a diagnostic tool, radiography and ultrasonography; and
  • consolidate their knowledge of veterinary public health, especially as it relates to food production systems and to zoonotic diseases and emerging diseases.

  • One 1-hour written paper at the end of Semester 1 (45%)
  • One 1-hour written paper after Semester 2 intra-semester break (45%)
  • Assessment of assignments/exercises during semesters (10%)

Students are required to pass the subject on aggregate marks.

Prescribed Texts: None
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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