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Production Animal, Public Health and Pathology (VET687)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: YU2-internal
Description This unit covers the application and practice of: production animal health and management; veterinary public health (the prevention and control of animal and human diseases to promote good health); anatomic pathology (clinical diagnosis and investigation of lesions in gross and histopathological mammalian and avian specimens) and clinical pathology (converting laboratory data into clinically useful information to identify pathological changes in a patient).
Unit Learning Outcomes Production Animal Medicine (14-day rotation).
1. Demonstrate skills in handling and clinical examination of individual or herd-base production animals (cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas).
2. Demonstrate a critical and discriminating approach to acquiring new information.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of common diagnostic procedures used in production animal practice.
4. Demonstrate core competencies in Production animals, including reproductive examination of female cattle, routine blood collection, injecting animals, examination of male animals for breeding soundness).
5. Communicate (spoken and written) using context applicable language.
Intensive industries (5-day rotation)
6. Demonstrate skills in handling pigs and poultry: physical examination, clinical techniques and the use of common diagnostic procedures used in pig and poultry practice to a job ready level.
7. Demonstrate core competencies (clinical assessment of pigs and poultry, assessment of the production environment) in pig and poultry practice to a job ready level
8. Communicate (spoken and written) using context applicable language to a job ready level.
9. Apply acquired knowledge and skills in pig and poultry practice to new clinical cases
10. Demonstrate a critical and discriminating approach to acquiring new information
Public health rotation (5-day rotation)
11. To demonstrate competence in food safety and meat hygiene management (e.g. application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points in food (meat) processing, practical understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices, role and responsibilities of On Plant Veterinarians, laboratory testing of hygienic indicators in food (meat) samples)
12. To identify zoonoses of importance to Australian veterinarians (pathogens recognition, mode of transmission, animal reservoir, and disease in humans)
13. To appraise the role of One Health approach in management of infectious diseases at the human-animal-environment interface
14. To assemble, and communicate scientific evidence about specific zoonosis risk management.
Anatomical pathology (5-day rotation)
15. Be able to safely perform and report a complete post-mortem examination.
16. Describe the samples that should be collected for histopathology and ancillary testing on a deceased patient.
17. Interpret the gross lesions and identify post-mortem changes.
18. Formulate and implement an appropriate diagnostic plan when given a history and laboratory accession sheets or a problem/case-based scenario.
19. Demonstrate an ability to work and communicate in a professional and cooperative manner.
Clinical pathology (5-day rotation)
20. Demonstrate competences in the preparation of routine clinical pathological samples (e.g. blood smears, urine samples, etc.)
21. Demonstrate competences in the analysis and interpretation of clinical pathological results in accordance with accreditation standard day1competences
22. Demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing the findings of a clinical pathological examination
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars - presentation of new information
Tutorials - problem solving discussion sessions
Workshops - various forms of interactive teaching
Practicals - veterinary farm, clinical pathology labs, post mortem room
Clinic teaching - farm visits, visit slaughter facilities, and attend necropsy facility and pathology laboratories.
Unit Learning Experiences Teaching in all rotations is a combination of didactic (seminars and tutorials), formal practical (arranged laboratory or practical sessions, for example a cattle clinical examination practical, blood smear analysis session or discussion of Pig Flow) and clinical teaching where students are exposed to real-life clinical cases either on-farm or in laboratory diagnostic settings. Students will visit real farms, animal processing facilities as well as conduct full post-mortem examinations and prepare samples for analysis as part of the clinical diagnosis of disease.
Other Learning Experiences Several field trips comprise a bulk of teaching, especially in rotations 1, 2 and 3. These are usually farm visits or visits to slaughter facilities.
Assessment Assessment in this unit is performed within rotations through the course of the year, with a clinical proficiency examination in production animals at the end. Within-rotation assessments fall into three items as detailed below. Assessment is driven by professional accreditation requirements for achievement of 'Day One' competencies across a range of course outcomes..
Prerequisites Completion of the following: VET632, VET633, VET635, VET637, VET615, VET636, VET607, VET608, VET614.
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 Gabriele Rossi
Senior Lecturer Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2418
e: G.Rossi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.007 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: YU2-Internal
Dr Gabriele Rossi
Senior Lecturer Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2418
e: G.Rossi@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.007 - Veterinary Biology, Murdoch Campus
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