VET SC 7213RW - Wildlife and Conservation Practice

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

The course will provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of evaluating case history, clinical presentations, diagnosis and treatment or management of medical and surgical conditions in wildlife practice, zoo animal practice, avian practice, aquarium fish practice and exotic pet practice. In addition it will provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of wildlife disease ecology, conservation medicine and ecohealth and conservation practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7213RW
    Course Wildlife and Conservation Practice
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week plus 1 field trip
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites VET SC 7002RW, VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7009RW, VET SC 7010RW, & VET SC 7001RW
    Restrictions Available to DVM students only
    Course Description The course will provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of evaluating case history, clinical presentations, diagnosis and treatment or management of medical and surgical conditions in wildlife practice, zoo animal practice, avian practice, aquarium fish practice and exotic pet practice. In addition it will provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of wildlife disease ecology, conservation medicine and ecohealth and conservation practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Wayne Boardman

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Explain how to diagnose and manage the common clinical conditions associated with native mammals, birds and herpetofauna
    2 Discuss the fundamentals of zoo practice including preventative medicine programs, husbandry, welfare, biosecurity, breeding management and medical management of common clinical conditions
    3 Describe the nutritional and environmental management of aquarium fish, exotic pets and laboratory animals and how to diagnose and manage common clinical conditions
    4 Recognise wildlife disease is a threat to conservation and how climate change and other factors may affect the emergence of disease and describe the significant emerging infectious diseases of wildlife
    5 Describe the principles of conservation medicine/ecohealth and conservation biology and
    ecology as it applies to wildlife health and the describe relevant field procedures and the principles of vertebrate pest management
    6 Explain the basic principles of disease ecology and modelling
    7 Critically review a topic relevant to conservation practice
    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
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Roseworthy Library Resources
    Online resources
    Access to various animal holding facilities, including the Companion Animal Health Centre at Roseworthy, Adelaide & Monarto Zoos
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures, tutorials, practicals, case studies, field trip

    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
    The course is divided into three modules:
    1.    Wildlife, Avian and Zoo Practice
    2.    Aquarium Fish and Exotic Pet 
    3.    Conservation Practice
    Dependent on the availability of specimens and material, the topics below will be covered in a combination of lectures, practicals and tutorials. The Wildlife, Avian & Zoo Practice and Aquarium fish & exotic pet practice modules will be more practical-based, whereas the Conservation practice module will be more lecture & tutorial-based.  The field trip will concentrate on aspects of the Zoo & Sanctuary component.
    Topics covered will include the radiology, anaesthesia, common diagnostic and medical procedures management, nutrition and common health problems of native wildlife.
    Topics covered will include the role of the veterinarian in zoos and conservation programs,  preventative medicine programs, anaesthetic principles, the principles of zoo animal management as it pertains to the veterinarian and common health problems of selected taxa
    Topics covered will include the management, husbandry, anaesthesia, common diagnostic and medical procedures and common health problems in rabbits, small rodents, and aquarium fish.
    Topics covered will include the principles of conservation Medicine/ecohealth and One Health and the principles of conservation biology and disease ecology as they pertain to veterinarians researching and managing wildlife health and disease problems and the effects of anthropogenic changes including climate change on the emergence and re emergence of infectious wildlife disease.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Field Trip provides training in anaesthetic procedures of zoo and wildlife and provides understanding of endangered species conservation programs, zoo management and preventative health management in zoos at Monarto Zoo.
  • 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
    Pathology Assignments x 1 Summative Week 6 5% No 2,4
    Conservation Medicine Presentation Summative Week 11-12 25% No 6,7
    Tutorial Quizzes Formative & Summative Weeks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8, 10 20% Yes 1,6
    Final Exam Formative & Summative Exam week 50% 1,6
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment Item Requirement for hurdle Is additional assessment available if studentdoes not meet hurdle requirement? Details of additional assessment, if known
    Tutorial Quizzes and Final Exam Attain a cumulative minimum score of 50% for the Tutorial Exam and Final examination
    (i.e., 35 of the 70% allocated).
    Yes Students that do not attain this minimum requirement must attain a cumulative minimum of 45% to be eligible for an additional assessment, which will take the form of an
    oral examination.

    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial Quizzes (20% of final grade)
    Students will undertake 8 mini examinations during each set of lectures. These will test the students understanding and knowledge of topics covered during the previous week. These exams will assist with formative learning.

    Final Examination (50% of final grade)
    Students will undertake a 3hour theory examination that will consist of a variety of question types including MCQ’s, and short answers.

    Conservation Medicine Presentation (25% of final grade)
    Students in small groups will critically review a topic relevant to a conservation practice/medicine topic and present as a power point presentation to lectures and fellow students. Students will receive a group mark.

    Pathology Assignments (5% of final grade)
    Students will complete one pathology assignments within 2 weeks of the practical.


    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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