Production Animal Health Applications

Subject VETS30028 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 01-Jan-2016
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Jan-2016
Census Date 11-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 29-Jul-2016

This subject includes a pre-teaching period from the start of January. This is to allow students flexibility in the completion of required work experience (i.e. placements) within a wide variety of different industries/enterprises.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours of workshops/seminars plus 15 days over three weeks of work experience in industry i.e. 120 hours
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Jane Owens



Subject Overview:

This is a capstone subject which allows students to integrate the knowledge gained from their previous studies in the major in Production Animal Health and apply this to real world situations. Management practices to ensure optimal health and productivity will be covered in depth. Students will learn to interpret data from production systems in order to evaluate productivity, and then develop strategies for increasing the health and productivity of production animals. Students will develop an understanding of the financial limitations on production systems, and how health and management strategies must fit within an economical framework, otherwise the business is not viable.

There will be opportunities for industry placements and to participate in syndicate case-based scenarios. Students will be expected to gather and record data, and model this information in terms of indices of productivity. They will be expected to be able to benchmark these results against national industry standards, and to propose and evaluate strategies for improving productivity.

Students will be required to complete three weeks of work placement in production animal related industries.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Collate, analyse and interpret data to determine the productivity of a production animal system
  • Understand the limitations on production animal enterprises and how health and productivity can be maximised in an economical manner
  • Evaluate strategies for increasing the health and productivity of the major production animals
  • Understand the economics of animal production
  • Analyse data from a production system and communicate the results in written and oral format
  • Effectively communicate information about production animal health and management to their peers and others

  • Two equally weighted written reports on industry placements of 1500 words each due two weeks after the completion of the student's placement and no later than Week 11 of Semester 2 worth a total of 45%
  • An individual 15 minute oral presentation on industry placements during Semester 2 worth 20%
  • Four 250 word peer reviews of oral presentations due during Semester 2 worth 5%
  • A two-hour written exam to be held during the end-of-semester exam period worth 30%

Hurdle requirements that must be completed to pass the subject:

  • A mark of 50% or greater is required in each written report
  • Peer review of oral presentations must be submitted
  • Satisfactory completion of 120 hours of production animal health related industry placement
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Critical thinking
  • Sourcing and analysing information
  • Effective communication
  • Computer (IT) skills
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Agricultural Economics
Plant and Soil Science
Production Animal Health
Production Animal Science

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