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Small Ruminant and Camelid Health and Management (VET633)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: T1-internal
Description This unit covers the important diseases affecting the health and management of small ruminants and camelids, providing students with the relevant day one competence knowledge in history taking, diagnostic procedures and health management of individuals and herds. The diseases of current relevance will be covered with reference to aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis, management and prevention. Students also will have the opportunity to improve skills in practical classes.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student is expected to be able to:
1. Integrate theoretical knowledge on benchmark figures, production systems and management practices for small ruminant enterprises in Australia, to formulate a holistic herd health plan to an owner.
2. Describe the general information that should be obtained when taking a history for an individual animal or a group of animals.
3. Describe how to perform a complete clinical examination in sheep, goats and camelids and competently examine a sheep and a goat.
4. Describe the clinical signs, pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of the common sheep, goat and camelid diseases, including the relevant preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of these diseases.
5. Explain the principles involved in solving herd problems including disease outbreaks, illthrift, infertility and increased lamb mortality.
6. Be able to explain how to perform each of the following procedures: rumenotomy, eye ablation under regional anaesthesia, ruminant hoof trimming, claw amputation under regional anaesthesia, epidural injection, breeding soundness examination in the ram and buck, pregnancy diagnosis in the ewe and doe.
7. Be able to explain the specific use, mode of action and appropriate withdrawal times for the different classes of anthelmintics, parasiticides and antimicrobials in common use in small ruminants and camelids.
8. Be able to communicate and disseminate knowledge related to the above
9. Be able to perform the following procedures: rumenotomy, regional anaesthesia for a rumenotomy, sedation or general anaesthesia of small ruminants.
10. Further topic specific outcomes will be made available in the small ruminant and camelid health and production reader.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 32 lectures
Practicals: Rumenotomy (1 prac given)
Practicals: (Ruminant based practicals given as part of the Bovine Health and Management VET632 unit)
* Ruminant eye surgery and anaesthesia (cadaver)
* Ruminant regional anaesthesia of the hoof and surgical amputation of the claw (cadaver legs)
* Ruminant epidural and regional anaesthesia
Unit Learning Experiences Formal classroom lectures
Case scenario based small group discussions
Other Learning Experiences LMS tasks/assignments
Assessment Final Written Examination - 70%
Mid-Trimester Assessment - 30%
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 Henry Annandale
Senior Lecturer in Production Animal (Small Ruminant) Medicine

e: Henry.Annandale@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: T1-Internal
Dr Henry Annandale
Senior Lecturer in Production Animal (Small Ruminant) Medicine

e: Henry.Annandale@murdoch.edu.au
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