VET SC 7212RW - Ruminant Practice A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The aim of the course is to provide senior veterinary students with the necessary theoretical and practical framework to support their progression towards competence in cattle medicine at both individual and herd or flock level, and to ensure readiness for the final year rotation in production animal practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7212RW
    Course Ruminant Practice A
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week plus 1 full day clinic rotation during the semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7000RW & VET SC 7002RW
    Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7001RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description The aim of the course is to provide senior veterinary students with the necessary theoretical and practical framework to support their progression towards competence in cattle medicine at both individual and herd or flock level, and to ensure readiness for the final year rotation in production animal practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kiro Petrovski

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Diagnose, treat, prevent and control important cattle diseases in the individual or a population of cattle
    2 Devise appropriate herd health plans for cattle
    3 Apply the principles of population medicine
    4 Describe the common surgical procedures in cattle practice
    5 Diagnose, prevent and control important reasons for suboptimal productivity of cattle
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 4, 5,
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2, 3, 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2, 3, 5,
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 3, 4, 5,
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    1. Parkinson TJ, Vermunt JJ &Malmo J. Diseases of cattle in Australasia – a comprehensive textbook. VetLearn, New Zealand, 2010. Call number: 636.2089 P248d. Copies in Collection: 2 + 1 Reserve book

    2. Weaver AD, St Jean G, Steiner A. Bovine Surgery and Lameness. Blackwell Publishing, UK. 2005. Call number: 636.20897 W3631b. Copies in Collection: 3 + 1 electronic book http://library.adelaide.edu.au/item/1756127

    3. Blowey RW, Weaver AD. Colour atlas of diseases and disorders of cattle. Mosby Elsevier, UK. 2011. Call number: 636.20896 B657c.3. Copies in Collection: 3 + 1 electronic book http://library.adelaide.edu.au/item/1661359

    4. Scott PR, Penny CD, Macrae AI. Cattle medicine. Manson Publishing, UK. 2011. Call number: 636.20896 S4285cm. Copies in Collection: 2 + 1 Reserve book + electronic book http://site.ebrary.com.proxy.library.adelaide.edu.au/lib/adelaide//docDetail.action?docID=10490888
    Recommended Resources

    A variety of monographs, journals and industry publications available on-line.

    Personal stethoscopes, thermometers, protective overalls and boots.

    Access to various cattle and camelid production facilities as available through the Production Animal Health Centre at Roseworthy Campus and Bevan Park farm.

    Online Learning
    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    2 Lectures of 1 hour each per week.

    1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week in selected weeks

    1 Practical of 3 hours per week

    Half day clinic rotation at the Bevan Park Farm facilities
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary

    Cattle practice lecture list:

    • Lameness and foot care
    • Important infectious diseases
    • Important exotic diseases
    • Disorders of the nervous system
    • Disorders of the respiratory tract
    • Disorders of the cardiovascular and heamopoetic systems
    • Disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract
    • Health and management of the calf
    • Health and management of the heifer
    • Health and management of the transitional cow
    • Downer cow
    • Disorders of the ophthalmic system
    • Disorders of the urinary tract
    • Herd fertility and In-calf programme
    • Beef cattle fertility, production and health (including feedlot)
    • Veterinary health plan, population medicine and accreditation schemes for cattle enterprise
    • Organic cattle production
    • Skin disorders
    • Clinical dairy cow nutrition and deficiencies disorders
    • Applied therapeutics and clinical techniques
    • Antimicrobials and disinfectants
    • Cattle signs

     

    Cattle: Practicals

    • Foot care (cadaver feet and live animals)
    • Milk quality and teat disorders
    • Surgical procedures (cadaver calves)
    • Ambulatory day tutorial
    • Welfare, legislation and ethics tutorial
    • Humane euthanasia
    • Newsletters, marketing and economics tutorial
    • Manual and ultrasonic pregnancy diagnosis
    • Clinical Examination, differential diagnosis and further investigations
    • Bull soundness examination Investigating herd health problems
    • Herd Health Plans and farm audits
    • Case studies tutorials
    Specific Course Requirements

    Practical classes within laboratories require a minimum of sneakers and the wearing of a laboratory gown (that will be supplied). You will also need to display your student ID in the holder provided. Students must wear any required safety or protective clothing as directed.

    Any practicals that involve animal handling will require appropriate footwear and coveralls. It is likely that at some stage your clothes will be exposed to animal fluids and dirt.

    Ethical objection to animal dissection and experimentation will be taken seriously. Such concerns will be solicited during the first week of class. Students who do not wish to be involved in animal dissection or experimentation will not be disadvantaged or discriminated against in any way. Alternative modes of learning will be supplied to these students.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment taskType of assessmentPercentage of total assessment for grading purposesHurdle (Yes/No)Outcomes being assessed
    MCQ Mid semester Formative/Summative 20% Yes
    Combined hurdle
    1,2,3,4
    Assignment Formative/Summative 10% 1,2, 3, 4,5
    MCQs second half of semester Formative/Summative 20% No 1,2,3,4,5
    Final Exam Summative 50% Yes 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement? Details of additional assessment, if known
    MCQ mid semester, Assignment Minimum 50 % Yes Additional assignment.

    To pass the hurdle students must achieve 50% or higher of the marks allocated to the assignment.
    Final exam Minimum 50 % Yes Additional exam.

    To pass the hurdle students must achieve 50% or higher of the marks allocated to the final exam.


    Assessment Detail

    MCQ 6 weeks (20% of total mark): A MCQ test will be based on material presented in lectures and practicals in the weeks preceding the test. The feedback to the answers to the questions will be immediately provided in form of a written feedback after submitting the answers. The MCQ will occur prior to mid semester to allow for feedback to students so they can gauge their progress through the course.

     

    Assignment (10% of total mark): Students will submit a maximum of 3000 word assignment on a topic/s related to the diagnosis, management, monitoring and prevention of cattle diseases.

     

    MCQ second half of semester (20% of total mark): A MCQ test (worth 10% of the total course grade) will be based on material presented in lectures and practicals in the weeks preceding the test. The feedback to the answers to the questions will be immediately provided in form of a written feedback after submitting the answers. The MCQ will occur in weeks 9 to 11 after the mid semester to allow for feedback to students so they can gauge their progress through the course.
    Additional 10% of the total course grade will be based on student submission of 2 MCQ-format questions per activity (half teaching day) and feedback from the material presented in lectures (12 half teaching days=24 questions), practicals (12 half teaching days=24 questions) and clinical rotation day (1 teaching day=2 questions) making a total of 50 MCQ format questions in total.

     

    End of Semester Exam (50% of total mark): A final closed book examination which will test the student’s knowledge, understanding and ability to apply knowledge to real veterinary problems. Both theory and practical elements of the course will be examined. The exam will be weighted. The questions will be of MCQ, short answers and short essays types.

    Submission
    All assignments to be lodged:
    1. electronically into Turnitin and to MyUni, and
    2. hard copies of assignments must be deposited into the course collection box at the Reception Desk in the Williams Building, Roseworthy Campus, on or before the due time and date.
    Late submission of assessments If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of zero will be allocated to late submitted assessment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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