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Diseases of Poultry & Aquatic Industries (VETS90090)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90090
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This subject focuses on emergency diseases of poultry and aquatic species.

The poultry and aquatic industries share several features in common with respect to emergency animal disease. These include the high stocking densities of susceptible animals and the dependence upon effective biosecurity to prevent disease outbreaks. If this biosecurity breaks down, or new diseases or strains are introduced, massive mortalities may result, the foremost recent examples being the continuing H5N1 epidemic in poultry and the recurring outbreaks of White Spot Syndrome (WSS) in shrimp.

This subject will use online lecture notes and study materials to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the major emergency diseases of poultry and aquatics. Accordingly, it will deepen the understanding gained from VETS90083 Selection and Interpretation of Lab Tests and VETS90086 Epidemiology of Epidemics, and expand on the understanding from VETS90087 Transboundary Animal Diseases, VETS90088 Vectorborne & Wildlife Reservoir Disease and VETS90089 Eradicable Diseases.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have gained:

  • A comprehensive understanding of epidemiology and diagnosis of three important poultry diseases (highly pathogenic avian influenza, Newcastle disease and Infectious bursal disease) and four important aquatic diseases (White Spot Syndrome, viral haemorrhagic septicaemia, infectious salmon anaemia and infection with koi herpesvirus)
  • An in-depth familiarity of the literature describing outbreaks of these diseases, with a focus particularly on outbreak investigations and management of H5N1 and WSS in the intensively farmed poultry and shrimp in Asia
  • A capability to make a critical evaluation of disease outbreak investigations and the implementation of management and control measures in the intensive poultry and aquaculture farms

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed their:

  • Ability to critically interpret the scientific literature describing historical animal disease eradication campaigns
  • Ability to read and write reports critically evaluating the investigation and management of emergency outbreaks diseases in intensive poultry and aquaculture farms

Last updated: 3 April 2019