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Bovine Health and Management (VET632)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 4
Availability MURDOCH: T1-internal
Description The main objective of this unit is to advance the student's knowledge of health oriented bovine production management, at the individual and herd-level context. The unit teaching is focused on the practice of bovine herd health management, including: animal husbandry, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and reproductive management, as they relate to the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, prevention, and control of diseases directly or indirectly affecting cattle and the maintenance of healthy productive cattle herds.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to serve the veterinary patient, its owner, the consumer of products originating from the bovine, and the public in general, by providing expert care for cattle. More specific Learning outcomes include:
1. Describe the herd health and production, production systems and targets and the management of cattle populations;
2. Diagnose, treat and understand the prevention measures for common diseases in cattle;
3. Problems solve disease outbreaks, and udder health, hoof health and lameness, and infertility problems;
4. Promote communication and dissemination of knowledge related to the above.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The unit lectures, practical classes and self directed clinical cases are designed to build students knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of the bovine health. Students will be challenged to analyse and problem solve everyday bovine clinical cases on both individual and herd level context. During the trimester, there are 43 lectures, 3 practical classes and self-directed clinical cases (LMS). The lectures explore multiple aspects of the health oriented bovine production management, at the individual and herd level context, especially the diagnoses, treat and understand the prevention measures for the most common diseases in cattle. The practical classes will provide the student with the opportunity to practice, 'hands on', eye nerve blocks, eye removal and corneal blocks on abattoir-sourced heads; practice cattle epidural and paravertebral nerve blocks; and practice teat surgery and anaesthesia techniques in cattle. Self directed clinical cases, including individual and herd health cases in cattle, are available on LMS for the students that are interested in further their understanding of Bovine Health & Management.
Assessment Students will be assessed via a mid trimester written assessments (40 per cent) and a final written assessment (60 per cent). Students will be asked to integrate and apply the information learned about diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, at the individual and herd level, to actual clinical cases that would be encountered in a cattle veterinary practice.
Prerequisites Enrolment in BSc (Veterinary Biology)/DVM; Successful completion of all 2nd and 3rd year units.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Veterinary Science (BSc)+(DVM) [New in 2014]
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 Joshua Aleri
Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health and Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2255
e: J.Aleri@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.095 - Building 260, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: T1-Internal
Dr Joshua Aleri
Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Health and Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2255
e: J.Aleri@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.095 - Building 260, Murdoch Campus
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