VET SC 7223RW - Veterinary Public Health and Biosecurity

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Veterinary Public Health has been defined by Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, World Health Organisation/ World Organisation for Animal Health 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. Veterinary Biosecurity is intrinsically linked to Veterinary Public Health and covers specific aspects on disease prevention, disease surveillance at the national, regional, state and enterprise (farm) level.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET SC 7223RW
    Course Veterinary Public Health and Biosecurity
    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 three field trips per Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completion of Year 1 DVM or equivalent
    Restrictions Available to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students only
    Assessment Case studies, field trip reports, final exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Torben Nielsen

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases of veterinary public health significance
    2 Understand and participate in contagious diseases management, including disease prevention and control programmes
    3 Define and detect suspicious signs of notifiable/emerging/re-emerging and transboundary diseases
    4 Explain conditions and measures to ensure the safety and suitability of food of animal origin including appropriate use of veterinary products to e.g. reduce antimicrobial resistence
    5 Knowledge of national/state veterinary bodies, biosecurity procedures and protocols and legislation and provide leadership on ethical considerations involved in the use and care of animals by humans
    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)
    1 - 5
    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
    1 - 5
    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
    1 - 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1 - 5
    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
    2, 4, 5
    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
    1 - 5
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The 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 Summary
    The course requires on-campus attendance
    1. Overview of Veterinary Public Health – the animal, human interface
    2. Current issues in Veterinary Public health, zoonoses, transboundary and wildlife diseases
    3. Biosecurity
    4. Disease risk analysis
    5. Structure of the veterinary public health community (local, national, regional, international)
    6. National and international trade and disease control (role of World Organisation of Animal Health, state veterinary service, impact of World Trade Organisation, traceability etc.)
    7. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points principles
    8. One health Concept
    9. Veterinary legislation
    10. Role of veterinarians in the meat industry
  • 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
    Case Studies Formative and summative Throughout semester 25% No 2, 3, 5
    Field trip reports Summative Throughout semester 25% No 1, 4, 5
    Final Exam Summative Exam week 50% Yes 1 - 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 Additional examination
    Assessment Detail
    Case studies (25%):
    (Team based learning activities followed by discussion of each group’s results) Examples of VPH scenarios will be given to students by the Course Coordinator and guest lecturers. Students will work in groups (approx. 6 students) and present their findings and solution to the scenario. Students will need to justify and argue their reasoning. Assessment will include individual and group quizzes on prereadings, peer assessment of participation in group work and the Instructors mark on the argumentation and presentation of case outcome.

    Individual quizzes worth 5% and group quizzes worth 2%, and instructor’s grade worth 18%.

    Final Examination (50%):
    Students will undertake a 3hr final examination.

    Field trip report (25%):
    Students will produce one 2000 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.
    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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