ASC413 Equine Health (8)

In this subject a preventative approach to equine health is taken with emphasis on the importance of industry management in creating a situation with minimal risk of disease for horses. Students enrolled in the Subject via Distance Education are required to attend a 3 day residential school.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


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

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC413. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Equine Science, Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Assumed Knowledge

Animal anatomy and physiology (ASC111 and ASC171), animal health (ASC350), animal nutrition (ASC273 and ASC412 or VSC332) and reproduction (ASC261 and ASC201)

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to objectively assess and monitor horse health;
  • be able to identify and mitigate risks to horse health in various Australian settings;
  • be able to apply an evidence based approach to horse health care;
  • be able to source and critically appraise the equine scientific literature; and
  • be able to communicate scientific horse health information to lay people.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Horse housing and its impact on horse health, including stress, welfare, behaviour, stereotypies and respiratory disease
  • Module 2: Relocating horses and the impacts on horse health. Topics include transport, disease spread, assessing the need to drench, and rotational grazing to control internal parasites
  • Module 3: Assessing and monitoring horse health and provision of first aid. Topics include key indicators of horse health, record keeping, horse time budgets, and topical wound care.
  • Module 4: Preventative horse health care in Australia. Topics include evidence-based approach to vaccination, and preventing colic, misbehaviour, sore backs, gastric ulceration and respiratory disease.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School for ASC413 will provide a hands-on approach to the theory taught in this Subject.

Special Resources

Travel may be required to attend the residential school.


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.