VET SC 7222RW - Ruminant Practice B

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The course will develop skills and knowledge in relation to the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery with sheep, goats, deer and some other farmed species. The course will cover the major diseases affecting these species and the ways to diagnose, control and, where appropriate, eliminate the disease. In relation to sheep, there will be a significant emphasis on whole-farm approaches to veterinary intervention, appreciation of the economics of disease management and interactions with nutrition, animal welfare and other husbandry factors.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7222RW
    Course Ruminant Practice B
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 8 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7000RW & VET SC 7002RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description The course will develop skills and knowledge in relation to the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery with sheep, goats, deer and some other farmed species. The course will cover the major diseases affecting these species and the ways to diagnose, control and, where appropriate, eliminate the disease. In relation to sheep, there will be a significant emphasis on whole-farm approaches to veterinary intervention, appreciation of the economics of disease management and interactions with nutrition, animal welfare and other husbandry factors.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Kym Abbott

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge of the important diseases of small ruminants and camelids
    2 The skills to investigate health or production problems affecting individual farm animals or herds and flocks
    3 The ability to design a diagnostic approach to herd / flock-level investigations, including appropriate sampling strategies
    4 The ability to describe the appropriate diagnostic procedures for such investigations
    5 The ability to recommend sound plans for treatment, control or prevention of disease which:
    a. Integrate animal welfare considerations into recommendations
    b. Integrate economic considerations into recommendations
    c. Integrate genetic and nutritional principles into recommendations, including pasture assessment
    d. Recognise the complexity associated with providing effective veterinary service and advice to farm business operators
    6 The skills to competently handle and examine small ruminants and camelids
    7 The skills to competently perform a range of common procedures with small ruminants and camelids
    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, 6, 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4, 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Personal stethoscopes, protective overalls and boots.

    Access to a variety of monographs, journals and industry publications available on-line.

    Access to animals through the Roseworthy Farm and Production Animal Health Centre Ambulatory Practice.

    Access to various production facilities as available through the Production Animal Health Centre at Roseworthy Campus, including diagnostic & surgery services.

    Visits to various farm enterprises
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week.
    1 Practical of 4 hours per week
    1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week

    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
    Lectures (Sheep - and other species where appropriate)
    The sheep industry in Australia and South Australia
    Veterinary roles in sheep production
    Meat and wool production
    Nutrition, grazing and supplementary feeding of sheep
    Reproductive management, diseases, monitoring and investigation
    Helminth diseases, control and management
    Diseases of the integument
    Managing trace element and vitamin nutrition
    Managing weaner sheep including feedlotting
    Sudden death
    Farm toxicology
    CNS disorders
    Alimentary tract disorders
    Skin and eye disorders
    Urinary system disorders
    Blood and lymphatic system disorders
    Respiratory system disorders

    Lectures (Goats)
    Goat industry, worldwide, Australia, meat, milk and fibre
    Diseases of goats
    Reproduction management of goats
    Therapeutic and prophylactic agents.
    Castration, disbudding, dehorning and other surgical procedures
    Health management in the milking herd, including biosecurity

    Lectures (Deer)
    The deer industry and veterinary roles therein
    Deer production and management
    Diseases of deer
    Herd health plans

    Lectures (Camelids)
    The camelid industry and veterinary roles therein
    Camelid production and management
    Diseases of camelid
    Herd health plans
    Practical classes
    Whole farm health and production
    Internal parasites
    External parasites
    Foot conditions
    Necropsy technique
    Johne’s disease
    Weaner management
    Farm toxicology investigations
    Whole flock investigations
    Goat herd health management
    Deer herd health management
    Camelid herd health management
    Clinical techniques and examinations
  • 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 Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
    Assignment Summative & formative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Practical reports Summative & formative 20% No 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
    End of semester Exam Summative End of Semester 60% No 1, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment: (20% of total course grade)
    An assignment (up to 2000 words) on a topic related to the management of sheep (or other relevant species) diseases which requires literature research, an across-discipline approach to a solution, and
    encourages the synthesis of knowledge. Students will receive written feedback in order to indicate the expected standard of work and original thought.

    Practical Reports: (20% of total course grade)
    Exercises completed during Practical classes will be submitted for review and assessment, and returned (with feedback) as a permanent resource for the student for future reference. There will be a total of 4 reports,. Format of reports will be variable, depending on the activity, but will include multiple choice questions and brief summaries of the main learning outcomes for that activity. Additionally, there will be formative feedback for students on aspects of animal handling capabilities and proficiency in various clinical examination techniques.

    End of Semester Exam: (60% of total course grade)
    A final closed book examination which will test the student’s knowledge, understanding and ability
    to apply knowledge to real veterinary problems.

    Late Submission

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply.  A mark 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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