This unit of study will provide students with an understanding of the major factors driving the profitability and sustainability of poultry, pig and aquaculture industries. An emphasis on epidemiology and preventive medicine will equip students to practice across a range of intensive animal industries. Important aspects of farm management and practical skills for the relevant species learnt previously will be developed into a sound approach to clinical practice. This includes clinical examination of populations, evaluation of the environment and sampling strategies suitable for pathology and diagnostic testing. Factors that impact the diagnosis and prevention of key endemic and exotic diseases that may be encountered in each production system will be considered. Together, these skills will enable appropriate measures of health, welfare and production to be quantified within Australian production systems and relevant comparative examples. A problem-solving approach to identify and address health problems and improve suboptimal production and welfare will be developed. The interactions between practitioners, specialist veterinarians and diagnosticians required for this process will be illustrated. Additionally, the role of government animal health professionals in disease regulation and issues relevant to human health and trade will be considered. This unit contains lectures for each topic area: aquaculture, pigs, and poultry. During practical classes and tutorials students will develop diagnostic skills specific to each industry based on relevant intensive animal practice scenarios.
lectures, practical classes and tutorials
intrasemester assessments (45%) (15% for each topic area: aquaculture, pigs, and poultry), individual practical assessments (pass/fail), final theory exam (55%)
VETS6101 and VETS6102 and VETS6103 and VETS6104 and VETS6105 and VETS6106 and VETS6107 and VETS6108 and VETS6201 and VETS6202 and VETS6203 and VETS6204 and VETS6205 and VETS6206 and VETS6207 and VETS6208