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Avian, Wildlife and Exotic Pet Medicine (VET636)

School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 2
Availability MURDOCH: TS23E-internal
Description This unit covers basic principles of avian, wildlife and exotic pet medicine. The course focuses on birds, reptiles, amphibians, native mammals and pocket pets (i.e. rabbits, rodents, ferrets) with regards to appropriate methods of physical and chemical restraint; diagnosis and treatment of common diseases and injuries; and aspects of nutrition and husbandry associated with maintaining these types of animals in captivity. Students will undertake two practical sessions (birds and reptiles) and one tutorial (wildlife health).
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the key principles associated with triage and provision of first aid to wildlife patients.
2. Describe the recommended techniques for physical and clinical examination, diagnostic work-up and therapy of wildlife patients, and commonly kept avian and exotic pets.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant aspects of domestic animal medicine which can be applied to the diagnostic work-up and treatment of wildlife clinical cases, whilst being able to identify the major differences between domestic animal medicine and wildlife medicine.
4. Apply their theoretical knowledge to conduct a clinical examination on avian, reptilian, amphibian, pocket pet and native mammalian species.
5. Plan treatment regimes for avian, reptilian, amphibian, pocket pet and native mammalian species.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit will comprise 30 hours of lectures and each student will undertake two practical sessions (each session will be three hours) and a three hour tutorial. The lectures and tutorial sessions will be held during T2 and there will be twenty timetabled practical sessions on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon in T3, and on each afternoon there will be two concurrent clinical practical sessions (avian and reptile practical sessions). There will be eight tutorial groups, and students will be assigned to a tutorial group. Lectures will need to be timetabled in VCS 2.008 by the College of Veterinary Medicine and the tutorial room will also need to be timetabled, however practical sessions are held off-campus and do not required timetabling at Murdoch University.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit incorporates blended learning strategies whereby live interactive lectures are recorded electronically on Moodle and students undertake clinical problem solving case studies and clinical practical training sessions. The clinical practical training sessions involve small group learning based at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Assessment Students will be assessed on the unit learning objectives using a variety of methods of assessment, including practical clinical assessment, clinical problem solving case studies and closed book examination.
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 Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7526
e: R.Vaughan-Higgins@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.1.098 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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