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Animal Management and Veterinary Health (VETS90082)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90082
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the major animal production systems in Australia, with a particular focus on the impact of management practices on the health and welfare of animal populations. Students will develop an appreciation of the economic drivers of these industries, measures of productivity utilised within these industries, and the role of the veterinary profession in ensuring the health and well-being of animals.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject will:

  • Possess a sound understanding of animal management practices in the major animal industries in which veterinarians are employed 
  • Understand the impact of management practices on the health and well-being of animals

Generic skills

  • Have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline
  • Understand the scientific method and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
  • Be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
  • Be able to communicate ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem solving and communication

Eligibility and requirements


Admission into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Completion of an approved five-day residential course in animal handling, environmental safety and management (may be undertaken concurrently)


All students who have completed VETS90062 Principles of Veterinary Bioscience are to enrol into the following corequisite subject, unless directed by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90059 Veterinary Bioscience 1B
Semester 2

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90060 Applications in Animal Health A
Semester 1
VETS90061 Applications in Animal Health B
Semester 2

Recommended background knowledge

This subject assumes prior knowledge in one or more disciplines of science. All students will be expected to be familiar with the principles of scientific thinking, hypothesis development, experimental design and data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 3 intra-semester tests (each up to 50 minutes) due in Weeks 4, 8 and 12 of Semester 2, equally weighted (25% of total subject assessment)
  • A 2-hour written examination held in the Semester 2 examination period (60%)
  • Students must produce a 1000-word research report on one property that they visit, demonstrating their understanding and research as to how the enterprise operates, integrating concepts taught in the subject, due in Week 10 of Semester 2 (15%)
  • Students are required to pass the subject on aggregate mark.
  • Students must complete two weeks of approved industry-based placements in Category A (extensive production industries), Category B (intensive production industries) or Category C (educational farms, welfare/small animal shelters and zoos) by the end of VETS90082 Animal Management and Veterinary Health. Approved placements may be local, regional, interstate or international.
  • Students must complete a brief one-page written summary of each extramural placement they visit.
  • To be eligible to pass the subject, a student must achieve a minimum mark of 40% in the written examination scheduled in the Semester 2 examination period.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 90% of all practical classes, workshops and case studies in this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorStuart Barber
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours87 hours including a 2-day field trip to Dookie (plus 2 weeks industry-based placement during vacations).
    Total time commitment204 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

204 hours

Further information

Last updated: 17 April 2019