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.
lectures: 88 hrs; practicals: 42 hrs clinical skills practicals
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.
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
Satisfactory completion of BVSc Years 1 to 3