VET TECH 2525RW - Biosecurity, Epidemiology and Food Safety for Veterinary Technologists

Roseworthy Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

Veterinary epidemiology is the scientific discipline which provides the tools to improve and maintain the health and welfare of animals by taking a 'population approach' to disease control. Investigating, understanding, measuring and reporting the way that diseases persist and spread in populations are the first steps to reducing, controlling or eliminating the risk of ill health. All of these activities constitute the strategies used by epidemiologists to protect animal and human populations from the effects of uncontrolled diseases. Consequently, epidemiologists are the leaders of scientific teams responsible for local, regional, national or global biosecurity and for managing responses to disease outbreaks. This course will provide the student of animal health management with the basic tools and skills to embark on a career dedicated to improving animal health and welfare and to the protection of the health and economies of human societies by taking a population approach to understanding the existence and persistence of disease. Veterinary Public Health embraces the 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 and include notifiable, zoonotic, emergency animal and transboundary diseases.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code VET TECH 2525RW
    Course Biosecurity, Epidemiology and Food Safety for Veterinary Technologists
    Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Roseworthy Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites VET TECH 1030RW
    Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students only
    Course Description Veterinary epidemiology is the scientific discipline which provides the tools to improve and maintain the health and welfare of animals by taking a 'population approach' to disease control. Investigating, understanding, measuring and reporting the way that diseases persist and spread in populations are the first steps to reducing, controlling or eliminating the risk of ill health. All of these activities constitute the strategies used by epidemiologists to protect animal and human populations from the effects of uncontrolled diseases. Consequently, epidemiologists are the leaders of scientific teams responsible for local, regional, national or global biosecurity and for managing responses to disease outbreaks. This course will provide the student of animal health management with the basic tools and skills to embark on a career dedicated to improving animal health and welfare and to the protection of the health and economies of human societies by taking a population approach to understanding the existence and persistence of disease.



    Veterinary Public Health embraces the 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 and include notifiable, zoonotic, emergency animal and transboundary diseases.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Samiullah Khan

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
    1 Describe the presence and progression of a disease in an animal population.
    2 Understand the principles of disease surveillance and outbreak investigations.
    3 Describe the principles of diagnosis and management of diseases in animal populations.
    4 Outline the principles of biosecurity and apply disease control measures.
    5 Explain the relationship between animal health, food hygiene and human food safety.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    4
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and Learning Modes

    One lecture of 1 hr on Wednesday every week during the semester.
    Two lectures, each of 1 hr on Thursday every week during the semester.
    One practical of 4 to 4.5 hr on Friday every week during the semester.


    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in this 3 unit course of undergraduate level should expect to spend 150 hours successfully completing the course. This time period includes both contact (e.g. attending lectures and practicals) and non-contact time (self-study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    As the name indicates, this course covers the main aspects of biosecurity, epidemiology and food safety at a medium level difficulty for Veterinary Technologists. The course covers general biosecurity principles and then focuses on more depth analysis where animal species specific differences occur. Therefore, endemic, zoonotic, emerging and notifiable diseases are covered at a level appropriate for Veterinary Technologists. The food safety aspect of the course covers pathogens that transmit to human food chain via the meat, milk and eggs.

    The lectures cover the below topics:

    • Introduction to biosecurity
    • Biosecurity organisation
    • Disease control strategies
    • Biosecurity in small animal practice
    • Introduction to veterinary epidemiology
    • Evaluation of diagnostic tests
    • Animal health and surveillance
    • Emerging and notifiable diseases (excluding small animal diseases)
    • Small animal endemic diseases
    • Small animal notifiable and endemic diseases
    • Endemic diseases other than covered in small animal endemic diseases
    • Measures of disease frequency and association
    • One Health- introduction and importance
    • One Health – zoonotic diseases
    • Importance of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Principles of biosecurity in equine disease control
    • Equine diseases of importance
    • Disinfectants, their properties and use in animal hospitals
    • Poultry diseases (bacterial, viral and parasitic) and diagnostics
    • Epidemiology, biosecurity and food security for aquaculture
    • Antimicrobial resistance – a One Health issue
    • Development of antibiotic resistance and strategies to minimise it
    • Production animal cases and role of biosecurity
    • Role of biosecurity in pig industry and how to maximise productivity
    • Milk quality and spoilage microorganisms
    • Risk analysis and its application to food safety
    • Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) of Salmonella in meat
    • Importance of food safety
    The practicals mainly cover the below aspects of the course:

    • Biosecurity in field conditions
    • Small animal workshop- a real field scenario
    • Exotic disease practical
    • PPE and biosecurity zone
    • Biosecurity workshop in equine hospital settings
    • Egg quality and food safety
    • Epidemiology workshop - real field scenario
    • Biosecurity in aquaculture
    • Ruminants workshop
    • Swine workshop
    • Mik microbiology practical
    • Group presentations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at all workshops and practical classes and completion of workshop activities is compulsory.
  • 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 Weighting Hurdle
    Yes/No
    Learning Outcome Approximate timing of assessment
    Workshop/attendance Formative, summative 0% Yes 2, 3, 4 Weeks 1 to 10
    Quiz 1 Formative, summative 10% No 1, 2 Week 3 to 4
    Quiz 2 Formative, summative 10% No 2, 3 Week 6 to 7
    Group Presentation Formative, summative 20% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Week 8 to 10
    Final exam Summative 60% Yes 3, 4, 5 End of Semester Examination Period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Task with hurdle
    % needed to meet hurdle requirement Is additional assessment available if hurdle not meet? Type of additional assessment if available
    Final exam 50% Yes Additional written examination
    Practical class/workshop attendance and participation is compulsory 90% Yes Practicals which are missed due to unavoidable circumstances, for which documented evidence is provided, may be replaced with additional activities.
    Assessment Detail
    Quiz 1 (10%)
    After first three weeks, students will be tested on their familiarity with the disease diagnosis principles and approaches described and used in the first lectures and workshops. The in-class quiz will be for 30 mins with multiple-choice and/or short answer type questions.

    Quiz 2 (10%)
    After a further three weeks, students will be tested on their ability to apply principles of biosecurity. The in-class quiz will be for 30 mins with multiple-choice and/or short answer type questions.

    Group Presentation (20%)
    Each group will be assigned with a topic to present. Each group (up to 6 students in each group) will present at the session. Each presentation will be marked by teacher/s. Each group will provide 15 min presentation followed by 5 mins of question time. 

    Theory Exam (60%)
    The final written theory exam of two hours duration will examine all components of the course. It will consist of multiple choice, short answer or long answer questions.
    Submission
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    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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