Large Animal Health and Production 1 (VETS4135)

UNIT OF STUDY

Large Animal Health and Production 1 is a large unit that combines the teaching of equine, bovine and ovine medicine and surgery in a practical setting where student's progress from the fundamental clinical and surgical problems as would be encountered in a rural mixed practice. Much of the lecture course utilises problem-based learning using a case-based approach. This approach is designed to augment skills developed in other disciplines including animal husbandry, anatomy, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, veterinary medicine and veterinary surgery. The course is designed to assist the student in learning effective problem solving skills, determination of differential diagnoses and the judicious use of appropriate diagnostic aids when attempting to reach a diagnosis. Options and approaches to commonly used therapeutic measures are included. The learning is integrated across species and deals with the major body systems, such as cardiac, respiratory, neuromuscular, ocular, skin, alimentary and renal disorders, and also includes an introduction to herd and flock diseases in livestock. The practical classes are designed to augment and expand the student's experiences in large animal clinical skills.

Further unit of study information

Classes

lectures: 88 hrs; practicals: 42 hrs clinical skills practicals

Assessment

intra-semester: Examinations x 2 (20%); end of semester: Examinations x 2 (60%); other: Case studies x 2 (20%). Students must achieve a pass (50% or greater final mark) in both the ruminant and equine components of VETS4135 to satisfactorily pass the unit of study.

Textbooks

VETS4135 Large Animal Health and Production 1 Unit of Study Guide. Blackboard contains detailed information and notes.
Equine Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction, Munroe, G and Weese, S (eds), Manson, 2011

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Satisfactory completion of BVSc Years 1 to 3

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.