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Wildlife Comparative Pathology (VET664)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This elective unit aims to provide students with an understanding of fundamental issues associated with disease investigation and comparative pathology of wildlife. The unit focuses on the pathobiology of common diseases of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand the role of veterinary pathology in wildlife health and conservation programs.
2. Apply pathologic techniques and processes to investigate health issues of wildlife.
3. Record and report data in an appropriate manner.
4. Research and utilise relevant reference materials, including online resources, for pathologic investigation of wildlife health issues.
Timetabled Learning Activities Tutorials: 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 some have required audiovisual presentations on Echo. 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 completion of four review quizzes, a project and an open-book exam. The Review Quizzes are worth a total of 20%. The project is worth 40% and the open-book exam is worth 40%. The assessment topics will focus on issues relevant to the overall learning objectives of this unit, which are to demonstrate the role and application of veterinary pathology in wildlife health and conservation, and to encourage veterinarians to adopt 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 Science.
Notes Enrolment in this unit in the internal mode is subject to approval by the Academic Chair.
Previously 2015: 'Wildlife Comparative Pathology Project'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins
Senior 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
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins
Senior 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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