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AVBS1002: Animal Management

This unit of study provides the foundation for a career involving animals with an emphasis on livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, fish/aquaculture and poultry), horses and wildlife. A clear understanding of animal production systems in the Australian and global environment is developed through online educational resources linked with tutorials and hands on in-field practicals.  Online lecture and tutorial topics will include indigenous animal management, animal husbandry, animal health and welfare, and genetics. Invited industry experts provide their vision and trends for industry alongside the career opportunities available for their respective livestock species.  In-field practicals will develop capability in the handling and husbandry of animals. Tutorials will be held at the Camperdown Campus in Sydney and practicals at the Camden Campus. In this unit, there is a risk of exposure to zoonotic pathogens. Vaccination against Q fever is a requirement to attend practical classes at the Camden Campus. In exceptional circumstances where this is not practical, specific Personal Protective Equipment must be utilised.

Code AVBS1002
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
AGEN1004 or BIOL1XXX or AVBS1003

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the characteristics of the management systems of the major domestic species used for production in Australia and in a world-wide context
  • LO2. demonstrate an appreciation of the dependence of living organisms upon their environment
  • LO3. describe the merits of husbandry practices and innovations that have been adopted by the production industries to retain their competitive advantage
  • LO4. use provided online learning resources (RE) or field practicals (CC) to describe and explain animal handling and husbandry procedures for major domestic production animal species
  • LO5. explain the merits and importance of high standards of animal welfare practice in the management of animals
  • LO6. identify the major breeds of agriculturally important animals
  • LO7. demonstrate skills in written communication
  • LO8. demonstrate skills in independent library research and problem solving
  • LO9. develop an understanding of the animal science employment opportunities available and the associated knowledge base required