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Wildlife Comparative Pathology (VET605)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will introduce students to studying disease in wildlife, including causes, pathogenesis (mechanisms of disease development), presenting clinical signs, appropriate methods for diagnostic sampling, and applied skills such as necropsy and sample collection. The focus is on both individual pathology and disease in populations, covering common disease threats for conservation across wildlife groups including reptiles, mammals, amphibians and birds.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe the role of pathology in wildlife health and conservation programs.
2. Apply pathologic techniques and processes to investigate common health issues of wildlife.
3. Record and report data in an appropriate manner.
4. Research and use relevant reference materials, including online resources, for pathologic investigation of wildlife health issues.
5. Describe key diseases for each taxonomic group, including their aetiology, pathology, clinical signs, diagnostics and conservation significance.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week for internal students.
Online discussion and lectures for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit will involve blended learning strategies with online instruction through LMS for
external and internal students, as well as structured learning through tutorials for internal students and online lectures delivered for external students. There are required readings for each topic or module, and some will have audiovisual presentations on Echo. Online discussion forums will be used to encourage external students to engage with their peers in exploring weekly concepts, through the use of focus questions that highlight current wildlife pathology cases.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussions and lectures for external students.
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 disease processes and pathology in wildlife health and conservation, with a focus on taxa specific issues, and to develop a problem oriented approach to the diagnosis of disease conditions in wildlife species.
Review Quiz 1 and 2 20% (10% each)
Assignment 1 40% (2500 words)
Examination 40% 2 hours open-book exam.
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).
Previously 2016: 'Principles of Wildlife Comparative Pathology'
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: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Jenny McLelland
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife Health and Epidemiology

e: Jenny.McLelland@murdoch.edu.au
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