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Pig and Poultry Health and Management (VET635)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 2
Availability MURDOCH: T1-internal
Description This unit covers the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases of intensively farmed pigs and poultry. Particular emphasis is placed on the prevention of disease and correction of management and nutritional factors affecting production. The general principles involved in the investigation of herd and flock problems and formulation of herd and flock health and production programs are emphasised.
Unit Learning Outcomes Students completing the unit will be expected to:
1. Understand husbandry of pigs and chickens and the regulatory context in Australia
Explain the current state of the industry and changes over time - how and why they have occurred.
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different housing systems and how/why they have evolved over time
Explain the rationale behind common production practices that occur in the Australian pig industry.
List the criteria of a good hospital pen system and explain how to manage pigs individually to allow for traceability for welfare and withholding periods on medications.
Be able to determine whether a pig is or is not fit to load based on the 'fit to load' guide criteria.

2. Know basic pig physiology
Identify the key parts of the male and female pig reproductive tracts, including the ovaries.
Understand the reproductive cycle in the pig, including the signs of oestrus/ standing heat.
Understand the key principles of pig artificial insemination.
Be familiar with anaesthesia and surgical techniques used for reproductive conditions in the pig.
Understand how to check pregnancy status in a sow.
Interpret images from real time ultrasound pregnancy testing.
For each and locomotor, be able to:

3. Understand the important pig diseases, their treatment and control
For the following body systems of pigs (head, skin, respiratory, enteric, reproductive,)
Name the most common diseases/conditions and their causative agent/factor
Differentiate conditions that are exotic to Australia from those that are endemic
Collect the appropriate samples to diagnose the condition
Diagnose the condition based on clinical signs +/- laboratory diagnosis
Appropriately treat and control/manage the condition
Appropriately prevent the condition from occurring in future groups

4. Understand general husbandry in the Australian poultry industry
Explain the current state of the industry and changes over time - how and why they have occurred.
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of different housing systems and how/why they have evolved over time
Understand how the bird (broiler vs. layer) has evolved over time and why.

5. Know basic poultry physiology and pathobiology
For each of the following categories in poultry (respiratory, enteric, miscellaneous and backyard chickens), be able to:
Name the most common diseases and their causative agent
Differentiate conditions that are exotic to Australia from those that are endemic
Collect the appropriate samples to diagnose the condition
Diagnose the condition based on clinical signs +/- laboratory diagnosis
Appropriately treat and control/manage the condition
Appropriately prevent the condition from occurring in future groups

6. Discuss the emerging and emergency (exotic) diseases of pigs and poultry:
What are the emergency and emerging diseases of significance in pigs and poultry
How to diagnose, prevent and respond to these conditions
For environmental medicine for pigs and poultry:
Explain the key elements of the housing environment that affect health of poultry and pigs
Learn how to use the variety of equipment available to monitor and measure these parameters (Practical session)
Timetabled Learning Activities 24 lectures
6 hours practical sessions
Unit Learning Experiences Students will have lectures and practical sessions to embed the concepts presented in the lectures.
Assessment Environmental assessment image exam - 30%
Final written exam - 70%
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
VET635
Dr Herbert Rovay
Production Animal Veterinarian ( Lecturer)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2642
e: H.Rovay@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.032 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
VET635

MURDOCH: T1-Internal
Dr Herbert Rovay
Production Animal Veterinarian ( Lecturer)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2642
e: H.Rovay@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.032 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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