VET SC 7212RW - Ruminant Practice A

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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 7 hours per week plus 1 full day clinic rotation during the semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7002RW, VET SC 7009RW & VET SC 7010RW
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • 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

    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

    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
    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
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week
    One 3-4 hour practical per week
    3 hours clinic rotation at the Bevan Park Farm facilities

    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

    To pass this course, students must attend all practicals. Students may apply for an approved absence for up to three practical sessions with appropriate supporting documentation. Students that are absent for any practical class without an approved absence will automatically fail the course and will not be able to sit the final exam.

  • 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 assessedApproximate Timing od Assessment
    MCQ Mid semester test Formative/Summative 20% No 1,2,3,4 Week 6
    Clinical Assignment Formative/Summative 30% Yes 1,2,3,4,5 Week 8
    MCQ tests (second half of semester) Formative/Summative 10% No 1,2,3,4,5 Weeks 9 & 11
    Student submitted MCQ Formative/Summative 10% No 1,2,3,4,5 Week 12
    Final Exam Summative 30% Yes 1,2,3,4,5 Exam Week

    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
    Clinical Assignment Minimum 50 % Yes Additional assignment.

    Final exam Minimum 50 % Yes Additional exam.

    Assessment Detail

    MCQ 6 weeks (20% of total mark):
    A MCQ test will be based on material presented in lectures, clinical rotations 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 one hour MCQ will occur prior to mid semester to allow for feedback to students so they can gauge their progress through the course.

    Clinical Assignment (30% of total mark):
    Each individual student will submit a maximum of 600 word essay (15% of the total mark) describing a component of the clinical investigation on a topic/s presented as a clinical scenario related to the diagnosis, management, monitoring and prevention of cattle diseases given to a group of students. Students will present their findings to the rest of the group as an oral presentation of 20 minutes in length (10% of total mark allocated by the instructor) and 5% by peer-assessment for the group work and presentation.

    MCQ second half of semester (10% 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.

    Student submitted MCQs (10% of total mark):
    Additional 10% of the total course grade will be based on student submission of MCQ-format questions and feedback on the questions will be discussed with students.

    Final Exam (30% of total mark):
    A final examination 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 questions will include MCQ, short answers and/or short essays.

    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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