Handbook Public View

This page displays current curriculum information. For staff view, please login

Unit (2019)

Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2019 academic year.

Cattle and Camelid Medicine, Production and Surgery (VET455)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The unit covers the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases of cattle and camelids. Particular emphasis is placed on the prevention of disease and correction of management and nutritional factors affecting production in cattle. The general principles involved in the investigation of cattle herd problems are emphasised.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Diagnose, treat and give a prognosis for the common cattle and camelid diseases present in Australasia.
2. Know how to solve a herd problem including disease outbreaks, sub-optimal nutrition and mastitis outbreaks.
3. Understand the selection and management of bulls and heifers for high fertility.
4. Investigate an infertility problem in both beef and dairy herds.
5. Have a general understanding of the requirements for feedlot planning, meeting targets for processing and feedlot nutrition.
6. Recognise, diagnose and treat common feedlot diseases and problems.
7. Be able to assess dairy and beef herds for sub-optimal nutrition and have an understanding of the production and disease costs associated with poor nutrition.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 48 hours; practicals: 12 hours.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Applied Veterinary Medicine. Completion of VET459 Surgical Secrets, VET456 Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care, VET462 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, VET461 General Small Animal Practice.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
No co-ordinators found for this unit.
Unit Contacts
No contacts found for this unit.
Fee Calculator
Handbook help
Information for Students


The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course, major, minor or unit if the number of students enrolled falls below limits set by the University.

Regulations and Rules

Students should ensure they are familiar with the University's internal legislation, including provisions specifically relevant to their studies. See the University Regulation overview and view legislation online.