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Advanced Topics in Wildlife, Zoological and Conservation Medicine (VET645)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 9
Availability MURDOCH: TS23-internal
Description This 10-week full-time unit allows students to undertake focused study in Wildlife, Zoological and Conservation Medicine. Students have the opportunity to extend their theoretical knowledge and develop practical skills beyond the minimum standards required for graduation and registration. It is expected that the average student will need to commit approximately 40 hours of study per when undertaking this unit. The unit provides training and expertise which can be applied to work in private practice, zoos and wildlife conservation projects.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Manage a clinical case of an exotic pet or wildlife species commonly presented to veterinary practices, with regards to clinical examination, diagnostic work-up and treatment.
2. Communicate knowledge of wildlife and exotic pet health and husbandry, using language appropriate for clients, wildlife rehabilitators and colleagues, using written and oral presentation skills, critical thinking, and appropriate language for the audience.
3. Discuss welfare, economic and biosecurity factors associated with captive management of exotic pets and zoo animals, and rehabilitation of wildlife.
4. Identify and analyse challenges to practitioners in the fields of wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will be comprised of 10 weeks of theoretical and practical learning experiences in support of the learning objectives. As part of this unit students will be required to participate in learning activities off-campus. All students will participate in the 2 week introductory module at the commencement of the unit, and then students will be allocated to rotation groups throughout the remaining 8 weeks for the structured teaching at Perth Zoo. All students are required to undertake the following structured teaching:
- Walking on the Wild Side: Introduction to Wildlife, Zoological and Conservation Medicine - 2 weeks
- Wildlife and Exotic Pet Medicine Module - 2 weeks, based at Perth Zoo
The remaining 4 weeks can comprise: Clinical Externship Placements: student-selected externship placements. Attendance of conferences, symposia and other CPD events relevant to the unit may be counted towards this externship period with approval by the Unit Coordinator. Some clinical services at TAHMU will be able to accommodate students for elective placements, once all the core rotations have been accommodated.
The Conservation Medicine Program runs three annual field trips: Namibia Conservation Medicine Field Trip (14 days), Thailand Conservation Medicine Field Trip (10 days) and the Platypus Health Field Trip (5 days), and participation in these field trips can be used as Clinical Externship Placements for this unit.
Assessment in this unit consists of : 1.) Wildlife and Exotic Pet Module at Perth Zoo 30%; 2.) Case Report 30%; and Portfolio - 40%. Details of these assessment items are provided below.
Prerequisites All 4th year units of the BSc/DVM course
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 Lian Yeap
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7289
e: L.Yeap@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.030 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: TS23-Internal
Dr Lian Yeap
Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7289
e: L.Yeap@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.030 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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