Intensive Animal Health and Production (VETS4235)


This course covers three intensive animal industries: pigs, chickens (broiler and layer operations) and aquaculture.
This unit of study will provide students with an understanding of the major factors driving the profitability and sustainability of these industries. The emphasis is on epidemiology, management and preventive medicine, with consideration given to welfare aspects of intensively housed animals. Students will be provided with the basic skills to resolve production and profit-limiting problems on farms. Diagnosis and treatment of common conditions affecting fisheries and aquaculture species will be presented. Practical classes are designed to provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in specialized husbandry and diagnostic practices undertaken on farms. They will gain experience handling representatives of the common fish species and performing common clinical procedures. Poultry pathology post mortems will be practiced.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 37 hrs; practicals: 13 hrs;
tutorials: 2 hrs (optional attendance at more)


intra-semester: Assignments (60%) = 1 assignment per species; end of semester: 1 x final examination (40%)


VETS4235 Unit of Study Handbook. Blackboard contains detailed information and notes.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


Successful completion of 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.