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Applications in Animal Health 2 Part A (VETS90068)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeVETS90068
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to principles of animal health and production in the context of specific animal production industries.
During placement 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 every subject in their course, students evaluate issues relating to animal health, welfare and production and conduct critical analysis of data provided to them. Successful completion of this subject will be based on participation in the requisite number of approved placements and submission of written reports.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate competency in handling and appropriate restraint of common domesticated animal species
  • Describe management systems appropriate for the care and well being of animals commonly farmed in Australian animal production industries
  • Evaluate the productivity of animal production systems
  • Critically appraise welfare implications of animal management practices

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
  • Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse settings
  • 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
  • Be able to deal with integrity and honesty with colleagues, general public and clients
  • Demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people
  • Possess an understanding of both scientific and vocational aspects of veterinary science

Eligibility and requirements


  • Satisfactory completion of all subjects at DVM1 level

  • Completion of an approved five day residential course in animal handling, environmental safety and management.


All students are to enrol in all of the four corequisite subjects in Semester 1 and 2, unless directed otherwise by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
VETS90064 Veterinary Bioscience 2A
Semester 1
VETS90066 Infections Population & Pub. Health PtA
Semester 1

Non-allowed subjects


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


Additional details

This assessment combines assessment for both VETS90068 Applications in Animal Health 2 Part A and VETS90069 Applications in Animal Health 2 Part B.

  • Completion of 12 weeks of approved placement* in Category A (extensive production industries), Category B (intensive production industries) or Category C (educational farms, welfare/small animal shelters & zoos). Students must complete a brief written (one page) summary of each extramural placement they visit. Approved placements may be local, regional, interstate or international
  • One written report (maximum 3000 words) demonstrating research and review of literature regarding relevant industry and an overview of the enterprise due in approximately Week 9 of semester 1 (50%)
  • A 90 minute written examination to be held at the end of semester 2 (50%)

*Credit will be given for each week of placement to students with passes in VETS70006 Applications of Animal Health 1 or both of VETS90060 Applications of Animal Health 1 Part A and VETS90061 Applications of Animal Health 1 Part B.

Hurdle Requirements:

  • Students must successfully complete the 12 weeks of approved placements and each assessment component within this subject.
  • A minimum mark of 40% in the end-of-semester examination component of any subject (and any unit within a subject) is required for a student to be eligible to pass that subject/unit.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorStuart Barber
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours441 hours: 9 x one-hour lectures and 12 x 36 hours of extra mural placements across VETS90068 (Semester 1) and VETS90069 (Semester 2)
    Total time commitment472 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

472 hours

Additional delivery details

  • This subject continues over two consecutive study periods, with students first enrolling in VETS90068 Applications in Animal Health 2 Part A and then subsequently enrolling in VETS90069 Applications in Animal Health 2 Part B , the second part of this subject, for a total enrolment of 25 credit points.
  • Students will receive an overall result for the subject following completion of the two-subject sequence.
  • Information provided on this page applies to Part 1 and Part 2 of the subject (VETS90068 and VETS90069).

Further information

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Last updated: 20 August 2019