ASC350 Animal Health (8)

This subject introduces students to the principles of health and disease in farm production animals, horses and zoo animals. It covers topics such as immunology, epidemiology, parasitology, exotic diseases, stress, pharmacology and animal health economics. Within these topics the subject allows specialisation for  horses, farm animals or zoo animals.
The subject content emphasises herd health and overall 'enterprise' health and strategic planning, including disease prevention through sound management and husbandry. For those students studying by distance education, this subject has a compulsory 3 day residential school. During the residential school a number of practical activities will be undertaken to provide a practical application to the theory taught in the subject.  Furthermore, the residential school has been designed to ensure that the learning experiences of students enrolled via distance education are equitable to those of students enrolled internally in the subject.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC350. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to recognise the differences between normal and unhealthy animals within an animal enterprise;
  • Be able to describe and discuss the key concepts involved in herd or collection health, including biosecurity, vaccination, strategic treatments and disease epidemiology;
  • Be able to discuss important examples of endemic and exotic infectious animal diseases and the causative agents, including prions, viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, and zoonotic agents when important;
  • Be able to discuss examples of non-infectious animal diseases, including metabolic and genetic conditions, that could be significant with regard to herd or collection health;
  • Be able to describe the importance of stress with regard to animal disease, and how to identify stressed animals;
  • Be able to describe economic analysis of animal health decisions;
  • Be able to demonstrate effective scientific writing and animal health communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to herd health;
  • Disease in the individual animal and the disease process;
  • Immunology, vaccination;
  • Epidemiology;
  • Parasitology.
  • Agents of disease
  • Exotic and zoonotic diseases;
  • Applied pharmocolgy;
  • Animal health economics;
  • Stress in animals.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Residential School activities will focus on teaching a hands on approach to theory taught in the DE structure.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.