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Structuring Emergency Disease Responses (VETS90091)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90091
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In essence, an Emergency Animal Disease response has many similarities to that of a military campaign, and formal structures have been developed to manage responses. These structures are based on the Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS) and are described in detail in the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN).

This subject will, through a series of lectures, detail the composition of the various levels of control centres and outline their structure and functions and the roles and responsibilities of those staffing the centres.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will have gained:

  • A working knowledge of AIIMS and its application to an emergency animal disease (EAD) response through AUSVETPLAN
  • An understanding of the structures and functions of control centres at various levels and their interactions
  • Some knowledge of AUSVETPLAN roles and responsibilities

Generic skills

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

  • Ability to respond to EADs in a structured manner
  • Ability to relate an EAD response to a chain of command

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students should have a background knowledge in either:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90083 Selection & Interpretation of Lab Tests
Winter Term
VETS90084 Communication in Disease Emergencies 12.5
VETS90085 Management in Disease Emergencies 12.5
VETS90086 Epidemiology of Epidemics

Or, a background knowledge in:

VETS50003 VETS50004 VETS50005 VETS50006

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



Students will be assessed for participation in weekly forum discussions, a group assignment in approximately Week 5 and final written exam in approximately Week 9 or 10. Students will be required to arrange an appropriate venue (e.g. a nearby university) to sit this assessment under supervised examination conditions.

The assessment components of this subject are:

  • Participation in online forum discussions (25%)
  • Group assignment (1000 words per student) (20%)
  • 2-hour final written exam (55%)

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Prior to 2017 this subject was VETS50011 Structure & Function of Control Centres.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    The Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN), available to be downloaded from the Animal Health Australia website

  • Subject notes

    Reliable internet access with at least a medium speed connection and a personal computer are essential for undertaking this online program. The content is accessed through your web browser. Microsoft Office™ and Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent software packages are necessary for assessment tasks, assignments and some class exercises.

Last updated: 3 April 2019