VETS20015 Foundations of Animal Health 2

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours: 2 x one-hour online lectures per week; 1 x one-hour live lecture per week; 1 x two-hour workshop or small group case study class per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Students must have previously completed:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

PLUS one of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

BCMB20002 may be taken concurrently

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof Andrew Fisher



Subject Overview:

VETS20015 Foundations of Animal Health 2 adds to the understandings developed in VETS20014 Foundations of Animal Health 1, to consider the principles of animal welfare and its management, the genetic basis of animal health and performance and the fundamental principles of infectious disease control.

A case study approach will introduce students to established health and welfare management practices of companion and production animals in Australia, and will reinforce understandings of the role of welfare, genetics, nutrition, housing and infectious disease control in the maintenance of health populations of animals.

Learning Outcomes:

Students successfully completing this course should develop a broad appreciation of the importance of sound management practices in the maintenance of healthy populations of animals, and the role of veterinary and animal scientists in ensuring the health of populations of animals.


  • A 30-minute online formative quiz in week 3 (hurdle requirement)
  • One written quiz (up to 50 minutes duration) due around week 5 (15%)
  • One written quiz (up to 50 minutes duration) due around week 11 (15%)
  • A two-hour end-of-semester exam (70%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Reading list prepared by the Subject Coordinator.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Upon completion of this subject student should:

  • Understand the scientific method, and the history and evolution of scientific concepts
  • Have a broad knowledge of science across a range of fields, with an in-depth understanding in one scientific discipline
  • Be intellectually curious and apply a rigorous, critical and logical approach to enquiry
  • Be able to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats to both specialists and non-specialists
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
Related Course(s): Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Animal Health and Disease
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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