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Theriogenology (VET637)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: TS13E-internal
Description The reproduction section of this unit covers normal and abnormal reproductive physiology, endocrinology and anatomy in common domestic animals, and applies that information and understanding to veterinary situations. Lectures and practicals are conducted on examination of male and female animals, evaluation of fertility, control of reproduction, and diagnosis and treatment of reproductive diseases in domestic animals. Obstetrics lectures and practicals cover the processes of parturition in domestic species, with particular emphasis on diagnosis and correction of abnormalities of parturition.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit student should be able to:
1. Describe the normal endocrinology of the reproductive cycle of domestic animals, and with reference to this, explain the actions of drugs used in the control of reproduction, and develop and explain regimes for the control of reproduction in domestic animals.
2. Describe normal male and female reproductive anatomy, and diagnose and describe pathophysiological conditions of the reproductive tract.
3. Assess the reproductive function, fertility and breeding soundness of domestic animals, including examination of the animals, collection, evaluation and interpretation of samples from male and female animals.
4. Describe normal and abnormal parturition in domestic animals and diagnose and correct abnormalities of parturition.
5. Diagnose and treat common diseases of the reproductive system in male and female domestic animals.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures 32, timetabled for one per day during T1
Practicals: every student will do one practical on examination of the cow, mare, stallion, bull, ram, dog, plus laboratory classes on examination of reproductive tract and artificial insemination and classes on obstetrical assessment and techniques. These classes will be conducted in groups of 10-30, they will be timetabled generally for afternoons, running for 3 hours per class.
Unit Learning Experiences Content will be presented in lectures and practicals, during which there will be opportunities to apply the concepts, acquire and practice specific skills.
Assessment Assessment will be via written examination of theory and application of this to clinical problems, to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application, including the capacity to create solutions to problems. There will also be practical class worksheets and exercises to ensure participation and evaluate skill development, and in lecture quizzes and exercises to assess comprehension, application, and creativity.
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
Associate Professor Anne Barnes
Associate Professor Theriogenology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2643
e: A.Barnes@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.033 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS13E-Internal
Associate Professor Anne Barnes
Associate Professor Theriogenology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2643
e: A.Barnes@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.033 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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