VSC501 Herd & Flock Consultancy (8)


This is the core study unit for post-graduate training in veterinary herd and flock consultancy. The Subject will cover a range of areas involved in whole farm consultancy, including the whole farm approach, herd / flock health investigations, working in groups, making consultancy pay, consultancy services and critical reviewing.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC501
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

Masters of Animal Science 
Postgraduate Certificate of Animal Science
Postgraduate Diploma of Animal Science
Master of Veterinary Studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply a whole farm approach to investigation of farm problems
  • be able to identify the interactions which will affect the outcomes for an investigation or problem
  • be able to initiate a herd/flock investigation as part of a whole farm investigation
  • be able to critically review scientific information
  • be able to evaluate the various services offered as part of on-farm consultancy and formulate appropriate remuneration packages


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Whole farm Management and Consultancy Services understanding farm dynamics;  
  • Herd / flock health investigations, working in groups, making consultancy pay;
  • Critical reviewing of literature, including basic statistics


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.