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Advanced Topics in Wildlife, Zoological and Conservation Medicine (VET545)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S2V-internal
Description This 10 week full-time unit allows students to undertake focused study in wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine. Students will have the opportunity to extend their theoretical knowledge and develop practical skills and professional competence beyond the minimum standards required for graduation and registration. The unit provides training and expertise which can be applied in private practice, zoos and wildlife conservation projects. As part of this unit students will be required to undertake externship placements and participate in off-campus learning activities.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge of the relevant aspects of existing clinical knowledge of domestic animals which can be applied to the assessment, diagnostic work-up and treatment of wildlife zoo and exotic clinical cases.
2. describe the currently available options for examination, diagnostic work-up and therapy of a selected range of wildlife and exotic species (marsupials, monotremes, reptiles, amphibians)
3. discuss the health and husbandry of exotic pets, zoo animals and wildlife
4. assess implications of welfare, economic and biosecurity factors on the rehabilitation of wildlife and the captive management of exotic pets and zoo animals.
5. apply knowledge and skills in using reference material (literature review), including online resources, for clinical investigation of wildlife, exotic and zoo animal clinical cases.
Timetabled Learning Activities Approximately 40 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is an intensive clinical training unit, involving structured teaching and full-time externship placements over a ten week period. The approach to learning in this unit involves structured timetabled learning (lectures, tutorials) and practical clinical training sessions. It is expected that the average student will need to commit approximately 40 hours of study per when undertaking this unit.
Assessment Students will be assessed based on professional conduct (10%), two clinical case reports each worth 20% (40%), externship logbook (10%), Science Day Presentation (20%), Wildlife and Exotic Pet Elective Module at Perth Zoo (20%) [the overall mark for the elective module at Perth Zoo is comprised of clinical assessment 40%, seminar 20% and written examination 40%]. These assessment tasks will be focussed on the overall unit objectives which allow students to undertake focused study in veterinary aspects of Wildlife, Zoological and Conservation Medicine, in particular associated with their specific externship placements.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
Completion of VET457, VET463, VET454, VET453, VET458, VET452, VET455, VET419 and VET451.
Concurrent enrolment or completion of VET585, VET586, VET587, VET590 and VET538.
Notes This unit requires that students undertake full-time clinical externship placements for ten weeks. Each student will undertake four weeks of structured clinical group training at the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Facility at Perth Zoo. Students will then undertake the remaining six weeks as local, inter-state or international externship placements. Students are able to select up to four weeks of elective placements from other Stream units offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine. All externship placements must be approved by staff in the Conservation Medicine Program.
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
Dr Lian Yeap
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7289
e: L.Yeap@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.030 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2V-Internal
Dr Lian Yeap
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7289
e: L.Yeap@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.030 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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