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Wildlife Medicine (VET631)

Organisational Unit School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides basic skills necessary to deal with sick and injured wild fauna, including wildlife cases which could be presented for examination and treatment to veterinarians in private practice. It covers appropriate methods of physical and chemical restraint; diagnosis and treatment of common diseases and injuries; zoonoses; and nutrition and husbandry associated with management of wild fauna in captivity. Students can select elective modules from a range of topics relevant for veterinarians working with wildlife and zoo animals.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. Understand the relevant aspects of existing clinical knowledge of domestic animals which can be applied to diagnostic work-up and treatment of wildlife clinical cases.
2. Be aware of the difference between domestic animal medicine and wildlife medicine.
3. Know the currently available options for examination, diagnostic work-up and therapy of a selected range of taxon.
4. Have developed skills in using reference material, including Online resources, for clinical investigation of wildlife cases.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week for internal students; online discussion for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit involves blended learning strategies using online instruction through LMS for external and internal students, as well as structured learning through tutorials for internal students. Each topic has required readings and online review questions which must be completed and submitted. Topic 5 also has a video on Echo which needs to be viewed. It is expected that the average student will need to commit approximately 10 hours of study per week for this 3 credit point unit. This will obviously vary according to the topic being studied and individual learning styles.
Other Learning Experiences Online discussion for external students.
Assessment The assessment in this unit involves the review quizzes worth 20%, completion of two case study assignments worth 15% and 20%, a project worth 15% and an exam worth 30%. Written feedback on assignments will be provided to students and key concepts will be discussed via the online discussion forum for external students and in tutorials for internal students. The assessment topics will focus on issues relevant to the overall learning objectives of this unit, which are to provide veterinarians with training and expertise in wildlife medicine, which can be applied in private practice, zoos and wildlife conservation projects, and to encourage veterinarians to develop a problem oriented approach to the diagnosis of disease conditions of wildlife species.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) or Doctor of Veterinary Medical Sciences.
Notes Enrolment in this unit in the internal mode is subject to approval by the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Small Animal Practice) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
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.

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