Veterinary Public Health (VETS4232)


This unit encompasses 3 modules: veterinary epidemiology, food and zoonoses. Knowledge of these prepares veterinarians to play a vital role in maintaining human and animal health. Veterinary epidemiology which is the study of disease patterns provides understanding of the occurrence of human and animal disease necessary for effective control. Veterinarians have an increased role in relation to food from clinical practice to food standards regulation.
The 2-day Preparation for abattoir workshop was held in July 2015 on the Camden campus to prepare students to undertake a 3-day compulsory extramural placement at an abattoir during vacation periods prior to the end of July 2016.
It is a requirement that students are vaccinated against Q Fever before attending the Preparation for abattoir workshop held on the Camden campus and the On-site abattoir placement.
Zoonoses are important for veterinary occupational health and safety and for the health of our clients and the community. Integrated case weeks address veterinary responsibility in relation to biosecurity in clinical practice and to emergency animal disease response. This course in Veterinary Public Health builds on Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology, Animal Disease and Professional Practice 3. Topics will integrate vertically with Animal Disease and Small Animal Medicine and Therapeutics and horizontally with Large Animal Health and Production and Intensive Animal Health and Production.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 44 hrs; tutorials: 8 hrs


intra-semester: 2 x Applied VPH assignment (40%); end of semester: 1 x final written examination (60%); other: Food /Abattoir assessment.


Rabinowitz PM and Conti LA (2010) Human-Animal Medicine - Clinical approaches to zoonoses, toxicants and other shared health risks. Saunders, Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Thrusfield, M. (2007). Veterinary Epidemiology. 3rd edition. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

BVSc Years 1 to 3 and semester 1, Year 4

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.