VSC416 Production Animal Medicine 1 (8)


Production Animal Medicine 1  will be presented in a Problem Based Learning (PBL) format over four weeks based around four case packages. In common with Production Animal Medicine 2 it will present cases related to cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and other farm livestock, particularly illustrating the management of cases in the individual animal. Production Animal Medicine 1 includes acute conditions in farm animals, obstetrical procedures and other serious production and life threatening conditions, which may threaten the rest of the herd or flock.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC416
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to develop a well structured and complex plan to investigate, diagnose and manage disease in farm animals
  • be able to articulate awareness of the financial considerations of livestock producers, the welfare of diseased animals in relation to veterinary intervention
  • be able to identify risk factors for the occurrence of common diseases in farm animals
  • be able to devise health and production strategies which reduce the risk of disease occurrence in other animals in the herd or flock
  • be able to apply knowledge from the pre-clinical disciplines, the disciplines of nutrition, economics and epidemiology and knowledge of the paraclinical disciplines developed from other cases to health management in farm animals
  • be able to perform the most common procedures required to diagnose and treat conditions in farm animals, including surgical, obstetric and medical interventions
  • be able to review and communicate information within the scientific literature;
  • be able to identify and explain the aetio-pathogenesis of farm animal diseases; and
  • be able to demonstrate collaboration with their peers.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Four case packages based on clinical practice in farm animals which will require study and application of:
- Farm Animal Medicine
- Farm Animal Surgery and Anaesthesia
- Animal welfare
- Pathophysiology
- Immunology
- Pathology
- Microbiology
- Parasitology
- Toxicology
- Pharmacology
- Obstetrics and reproduction in farm animals
- Case management
- Communication with livestock producers
- Communication with owners of farm animals as pets
- Preventive medicine
- Jurisprudence
- State medicine
- Economics and business management
- Public health and biosecurity
- Epidemiology
- Nutrition


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.