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Applications in Animal Health A provides students with an introduction to the major determinants of health in individual animals and in populations of animals and the scientific approach to investigating animal health issues. Determinants of health such as an animal’s environment, its nutrition and exposure to toxic agents are explored in depth, using authentic case studies involving a range of domestic and exotic animal species in both Australian and international contexts.
This subject also examines the major animal production systems in Australia, with a 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.
Students will also develop competency in the safe handling of horses, cattle, sheep, dogs and cats via a series of practical classes.
Intended learning outcomes
Students completing this subject will be able to:
- Describe the impact of the environment, nutrition and exposure to toxic agents on the health of individual animals and populations of animals
- Demonstrate 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
- Describe the interdependence of animal health and productivity in animal production industries
- Demonstrate the ability to evaluate animal production systems with reference to the complex interplay of multiple determinants of health
- Apply an understanding of animal behaviour and risk assessment to safely handle horses, cattle, sheep, dogs and cats
- Examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- Be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method
- Demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people
- Be aware of the global society and be equipped to contribute to it
Last updated: 22 September 2022