Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Piedrafita


The unit will analyse the basic parameters of animal health with respect to symptomatic observation and measurement of disturbance to body function through to clinical diagnostic methods. Disease states will be explored as case studies of common diseases in farm and pet animals and via analysis of the impacts of disease on the various organ systems of the body. Disease treatment and control methods will be described together with basic information on microbial infection systems relevant to animal protection and treatment. Information concerning specific health issues in various species will be explored via a number of examples. Specialist lectures from animal welfare and veterinary staff will be used to detail these examples and provide practical contexts. Practicals will explore the techniques and analyses of modern veterinary medicine.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of hygiene, nutrition and welfare in animal health;

  1. Describe the main features of a range of diseases and their symptoms in pet and farm animals;

  1. Recognise the importance of observation and measurement of symptoms and the role of modern diagnostic medicine in disease control;

  1. Give examples of diagnostic testing and interpretation;

  1. Discuss the importance of disease control and research in the welfare and maintenance of animals.


12 Tutorial quizzes: 10%
10 Practical assignments/reports: 40%
Final examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Two hours of lectures and four hours of tutorials and/or practical work per week

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Residential program over three days on campus