Veterinary Genetics (VETS2020)


This Unit of Study presents an introduction to those aspects of genetics that are relevant to veterinarians. It covers the creation and use of genome assemblies and genetic maps; bioinformatics, single-locus traits and disorders; chromosomal abnormalities; non-Mendelian familial disorders; immunogenetics; parentage tests; conservation genetics; genetic variation in pests, parasites and pathogens; genetic and environmental control of inherited diseases; relationship and inbreeding; heritability; breed history and structure; selection and crossing; genetics of coat colours.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 26 hrs; tutorials: 12 hrs


Intra-semester: 1x practical assignment (poster) (30%) ; 1 x quiz (20%) end of semester: 1 x 1 hr examination (50%)


VETS2020 Veterinary Genetics Unit of Study Guide,
FW Nicholas Introduction to Veterinary Genetics 3rd edition

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics, VETS1018

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.