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AVBS3005: Animal Health and Disease

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.

Code AVBS3005
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
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)]
Assumed knowledge:
The completion of 12 credit points of first year Biology (BIOL1006 and BIOL1007), and microbiology (MICR2031) or immunology (IMMU2011) would be beneficial

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

  • LO1. apply epidemiological principles to the investigation and control of disease in an animal population
  • LO2. identify variations from normal physiology that are indicative of a pathogen incursion or metabolic imbalance including emergency disease in animals including sheep, cattle, poultry and wildlife
  • LO3. justify animal management strategies employed to optimise animal health and reduce the incidence of disease based on a broad understanding of the physiological response of animals to infectious and non-infectious agents
  • LO4. investigate diseases of consequence to the production of wool, meat, milk, eggs and fish and, be able to explain and justify based on host, pathogen and environmental interactions, intervention strategies utilised to alleviate or prevent disease and to facilitate improved animal welfare.
  • LO5. critically evaluate and contribute to the formulation of plans for management of diseases of wildlife populations, with consideration of social, economic, ecological, livestock and human health issues
  • LO6. develop communication skills that are articulate, evidence based and appropriate for the audience, facilitating effective communication with all animal health stakeholders

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.