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Principles of Wildlife Health (VET604)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will introduce students to core applied concepts required to undertake wildlife health investigations, including legislation and legal frameworks for wildlife health activities, animal welfare and euthanasia, handling and restraint techniques, and diagnostic sampling. Focus will be on the differences across taxa including mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Students will also gain an understanding of the human health and safety issues associated with wildlife health investigations.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Interdisciplinarity (ULO1)
Recognise the synergistic roles of veterinarians and non-veterinarians (including biologists/ecologists/environmental scientists) when undertaking wildlife health investigations, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to these activities.
2. Knowledge (ULO2)
Able to compare and contrast issues relating to different aspects of wildlife health activities, including legislation, humane euthanasia, species-specific manual and chemical restraint, diagnostic sample collection and storage, and public health/OH&S issues when working with wildlife.
3. Skills (ULO3)
Able to describe the appropriate approach to sample collection for diagnostic testing, humane euthanasia, and handling/restraint, based on taxonomic group(s).
4. Application (ULO4)
Developed the necessary toolkit to plan and conduct wildlife health investigations with due consideration for animal welfare and the legal frameworks governing these activities.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 2 full days of of tutorials for internal students. Online discussion and lectures for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves blended learning strategies with online instruction through LMS for external and internal students, as well as structured learning through tutorials for internal students. There are required readings for each topic or module, as well as audiovisual presentations and online lectures within Echo. Online discussion forums will be used to encourage external students to engage with their peers in exploring weekly concepts. Guest lectures are provided online from experts working in the field.
Assessment Students will be provided with weekly feedback through discussion forums online from the Unit Coordinator, as well as feedback on review questions and the final exam. Assessment topics will focus on issues relevant to the overall learning objectives of the unit, which are to develop an understanding of the practical skills, legal frameworks, animal welfare and ethical considerations, and public health issues associated with wildlife health investigations. Assignment 1 (1000 words), 25%. Assignment 2 (2500 words) 35%. _Examination (2 hour exam) 40%
Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the following:
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (M1232) or the Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine (M1122).
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Wildlife Health and Conservation (MWildlifeHth) [New in 2015]
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 Jenny McLelland
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

e: Jenny.McLelland@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Jenny McLelland
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

e: Jenny.McLelland@murdoch.edu.au
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