Veterinary Conservation Biology (VETS2015)


Veterinary Conservation Biology covers the identification, anatomy, and physiology of Australia's unique native birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The course also details the threatening processes that are impacting Australia's environment and ecosystems. Processes discussed include climate change, urbanization, drought, agricultural practices, bush fires, invasive animal species, and disease. The third major focus of the course covers various aspects of in situ, and ex situ conservation, ethical issues related to wildlife conservation, and working with the media.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 45 hrs; practicals: 8 hrs


intra-semester: 1 x 120 min. examination (45%); 6 x in class quizzes (5%); 1 x avian anatomy laboratory examination (5%) end of semester: 1 x 120 min examination (45%)


VETS2015 VCB Unit of Study Handbook

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Material covered in classes in year 1 and year 2 of the BVSc

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.