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Production, Herd and Public Health B (VETS90098)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90098
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject continues the exploration of principles of animal health and production in the context of animal production systems.

During placements in animal production industry, animal welfare and zoo settings, students acquire skills in animal handling and observe and participate in a range of animal management practices. Integrating knowledge and understanding derived from other subjects in their course, students evaluate issues relating to animal health, welfare and production and conduct critical analysis of data provided to them.

A thorough understanding of the diseases of domestic livestock and the multiple factors that influence their occurrence is applied in the context of public health and food safety, with a focus on the promotion and protection of human health.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the handling and restraint of common domesticated animal species
  • Describe management systems and practices appropriate for the care and welfare of animals commonly farmed in Australian animal production industries
  • Evaluate the productivity and profitability of animal production systems
  • Recognise that disease and impaired productivity in animal populations are multifactorial 
  • Develop interventions that acknowledge the latter principle when faced with disease or suboptimal productivity at the herd or flock level
  • Describe the roles of veterinarians in contributing to public health through their involvement in animal production and management, food safety management, humane slaughter of livestock for food, and disease outbreak investigations

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • Be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
  • Understand the scientific method, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
  • Be intellectually curious and able to 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
  • Demonstrate skills in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
  • Be efficient managers of information
  • Be able to apply appropriate technology to the analysis of biological problems
  • Demonstrate integrity and honesty in interactions with colleagues, the general public and clients
  • Demonstrate empathy and concern for animals, their owners and the general community
  • Possess an understanding of both the scientific and vocational aspects of veterinary science

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90097 Production, Herd and Public Health A
Semester 1


All students who have completed VETS90064 Veterinary Bioscience 2 A and VETS90099 Infections and Immunity A are to enrol in both of the following corequisite subjects, unless directed otherwise by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90100 Infections and Immunity B
Semester 2
VETS90101 Veterinary Bioscience 2B
Semester 2

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90069 Applications in Animal Health 2 Part 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



Two units will be undertaken in this subject:

Unit 1 Applied Animal Production Health B(40% of total subject assessment)

  • A 90-minute written examination held in the Semester 2 examination period (40%)

Unit 2 Veterinary Public Health (60% of total subject assessment)

  • A research report (maximum 1000 words), due in Semester 2 (14%)
  • A 2-hour written examination held in the Semester 2 examination period (46%)

Hurdle Requirements:

Students must complete 10 weeks of approved 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 VETS90098 Production, Herd and Public Health B. Approved placements may be local, regional, interstate or international.

Students must complete a brief (one page) written summary of each extramural placement they visit.

Students are required to pass the subject on aggregate mark.

The passing of each unit on aggregate mark is a hurdle requirement.

To be eligible to pass the subject and its two units, students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in the written examination in Unit 1 Applied Animal Production Health B and a minimum mark of 40% in the written examination in Unit 2 Veterinary Public Health.

Students must attend a minimum of 90% of all practical classes, workshops and case studies in this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJoanne Devlin
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours27 Hours (plus 10 weeks of extramural placements 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

    Subject Coordinator: Prof. Jo Devlin devlinj@unimelb.edu.au

    Unit 1 Applied Animal Production Health B

    Dr Stuart Barber srbarber@unimelb.edu.au

    Unit 2 Veterinary Public Health

    Prof. Jo Devlin devlinj@unimelb.edu.au

Further information

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Last updated: 22 July 2019