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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School 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.


This 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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.