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Semester 1 (Early-Start)
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This subject focuses on both the general principles of veterinary production animal practice and the specific approach to diagnosis, control and prevention of disease in production animals, with a focus on public health. Content will be delivered in blocks based on clinical presentations related to dermatologic, ophthalmic, reproductive, locomotory and respiratory problems in parallel with presentations of the same systems in other species. This approach is designed to support students in the development of their diagnostic reasoning skills, and encourage a comparative view of veterinary medicine and surgery.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Collect and interpret information from clinical examination, history and epidemiological data in an individual or herds of ruminants and camelids in order to develop contextually appropriate prioritised differential diagnoses related to skin, ophthalmic, reproductive, lameness and respiratory presentations
- Analyse records of production, health and reproductive performance of ruminant and camelid herds and flocks in order to make recommendations that optimise health and productivity
- Justify and perform appropriate ancillary laboratory tests and interpret the results of the laboratory reports in order to establish a definitive diagnosis of diseases and production-limiting conditions that affect ruminants and camelids
- Formulate and recommend appropriate therapeutic and control strategies for important endemic and exotic diseases of individuals or herds of ruminants and camelids to achieve farm financial, animal health and production performance targets (taking into account the legal, ethical, prognostic, economic, welfare, public health and food safety considerations)
Students completing this subject will have developed:
- An in-depth understanding of specific veterinary clinical disciplines
- Manual dexterity and technical skills in the practical application of these disciplines
- The ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting, to trouble-shoot technical difficulties and to seek accurate solutions to complex biological problems
- The capacity to apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to problem-solving
- Advanced experience in observation, interpretation of complex data, problem-solving, time management, record-keeping and commucation in both written and verbal formats.
Last updated: 11 February 2021