The ability for animals to live a healthy and productive life free of disease is essential to sustain farming and natural animal populations. In animal health and disease you will apply principles of animal management to optimise animal health and minimise the incidence and severity of disease, based on host, pathogens and environmental interactions. You will analyse epidemiological approaches to investigate diseases in animal populations and management strategies that are frequently employed to sustain a healthy flock or herd. The management of current diseases relevant to production animals, wildlife and emergency diseases of relevance to Australia, will be explored. You will gain practical experience in the handling and health-based management of cattle, sheep and poultry, and will have the opportunity to visit farms, an animal health research facility or an animal disease diagnostics laboratory. By doing this unit you will be able to explain and justify practical approaches and procedures used to augment animal health and minimise the incidence and severity of disease. In this unit, there is a risk of exposure to zoonotic pathogens. Students should check the unit of study outline for vaccination requirements.
averaged as lecture 4hrs/week for 10 weeks, tutorials 1hr/week for 5 weeks, seminars 7 hrs/week for 1 week, practical 8 hrs/week for 1 week, site visit 4hrs/week for 1 week, practical 2hrs/week for 1 week
farm management report (5%), written critical comparison (20%), written briefing note (15%), group based oral presentation and supporting fact sheet (20%), final exam (40%)
The completion of 12 credit points of first year Biology (BIOL1006 and BIOL1007), and microbiology (MICR2031) or immunology (IMMU2011) would be beneficial.
12 credit points from (AVBS2001 or IMMU2X11 or MEDS2004 or MIMI2X02) or [6 credit points from (AVBS2001 or IMMU2X11 or MEDS2004 or MIMI2X02) and 6cp from (BIOL2XXX or MICR2XXX)]Prohibitions