Animal Management and Veterinary Health

Subject VETS70013 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 72
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Completion of an approved five-day residential course in animal handling, environmental safety and management (may be undertaken concurrently).

Plus both

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus one of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Subject prerequisites may not be taken concurrently.


One of the following subjects (as advised by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences):

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Year Long, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:

This subject assumes prior knowledge in one or more disciplines of science. All students will be expected to be familiar with the principles of scientific thinking, hypothesis development, experimental design and data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

Refer to the Core Participation Requirements statement within the course entry for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine:


Dr Stuart Barber



Subject Overview:

This subject examines the major animal production systems in Australia, with a particular focus on the impact of management practices on the health and welfare of animal populations. Students will develop and appreciation of the economic drivers of these industries, measures of productivity utilised within these industries, and the role of the veterinary profession in ensuring the health and wellbeing of animals.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims to equip students with a sound understanding of animal management practices in the major animal industries in which veterinarians are employed, and an understanding of the impact management practices on the health and wellbeing of animals.

  • A two-hour written examination to be held in the end-of-semester exam period worth 60%
  • Three one-hour intra-semester tests due throughout the semester each worth 8.33% total worth 25%
  • A written report for each week of industry placement that demonstrates capacity to integrate concepts introduced in different units within the course and apply an understanding of determinants of health to the context of a specific industry worth 15%


  • Satisfactory completion of two weeks of industry based placement in a rural enterprise, or two weeks of placement in an animal shelter of zoo. Approved placements may be local, regional, interstate or international.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline
  • Understand the scientific method and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
  • Be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem solving and communication
Related Course(s): Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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