VET SC 7223RW - Veterinary Public Health
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code VET SC 7223RW Course Veterinary Public Health Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week, plus 6 field trips Prerequisites VET SC 7000RW Assumed Knowledge VET SC 7006RW, VET SC 7008RW Restrictions Available to DVM students only Course Description Veterinary Public Health has been defined by FAO/WHO/OIE as the sum of all contributions to the physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science. Veterinary Public Health thus embraces the following areas of knowledge: diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiology, control, prevention and elimination of zoonoses and of diseases that threaten food security and social cohesion; protection of food (including meat and milk) for human consumption; food and meat science; environmental protection; animal welfare standards; and the social, behavioural and mental aspects of human-animal relationships.
Course Coordinator: Professor Michael Reichel
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 A demonstrable knowledge of zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases of public health significance 2 An understanding of surveillance programmes for zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases, and laboratory techniques used for the diagnosis and surveillance of zoonotic and food-borne diseases 3 An understanding of veterinarians’ responsibilities in the production of safe meat (red meat, poultry, fish)and their responsibilities in the production of safe milk and milk products 4 A professional and caring attitude towards the welfare of food producing animals from farm to slaughter 5 An appreciation of Quality control, quality assurance and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles 6 Ability to present information related to zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases to an audience
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, 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, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 5, 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 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. 3, 4, 5
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe various themes (see below) of the Veterinary Public health course will be introduced in the lectures (often by senior practicing figures currently working in the field), further enhanced by the tutorials and student researched topics (and presentations) within that theme.
External: During the practical component of the course, students will participate in visitations to abattoirs and other food processing 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 Summary1. Overview of Veterinary Public Health – the animal, human interface
2. Current issues in Veterinary Public health, zoonoses (e.g. update on Emerging infectious (Hendra, Nipah etc.)), transboundary and wildlife diseases
3. VPH at the farm level
4. VPH in the veterinary practice
5. Structure of the veterinary public health community (local, national, regional, international)
6. International trade and disease control (role of OIE, state veterinary service, impact of WTO
7. HACCP principles and Risk analysis
8. Concept of “farm-to-fork” - “pre-harvest” quality management
9. VPH and the environment
10. Food safety versus food security
11. Role of veterinarians in the meat industry
12. Pharmaceuticals – licensing, registration, adverse event reporting
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome Feedback to students Formative Throughout semester 0% No 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Oral presentation Summative Throughout semester 30% No 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Field trip reports Summative Throughout semester 40% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Final Exam Summative Exam week 30% Yes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item with hurdle % needed or requirement to meet hurdle Is additional assessment available if student
does not meet hurdle requirement? Yes or No
Details of additional assessment, if available Final Exam 50% Yes Students that do not attain this minimum in the final exam will be allowed to sit an additional examination, provided their
cumulative overall total from the other assessment items attains 45% of the
total course assessment
Assessment DetailOral presentation (30%):
Students will choose and research a topic within the guidelines provided. The student will make a presentation of ~20 minutes, including question time. Students will demonstrate an ability to present the subject matter verbally and respond to audience enquiries. Presentation will be assessed using a standard rubric by faculty members and invited scientist guests. Presentations will occur throughout semester during the tutorial sessions.
Final Examination (30%):
Students will undertake a 2hr final examination which will be a combination of MCQs, short answer and long answer questions based on topics covered throughout the course.
Field trip report (2 x 20%):
Students will produce two 1,500 word report based on their field trip experiences throughout the semester. The report will be due within a fortnight of the respective field excursions being completed.
SubmissionIf 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.
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
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