VSC418 Public Health and Biosecurity 1 (8)

This subject will be presented through a Problem Based Learning curriculum. It will address emergency animal diseases, risk assessment and biosecurity at the national, state and farm levels. The content of the subject will be tightly aligned with the relevant traditional disciplines and will address many of the Veterinary Graduate Attributes of Charles Sturt University. The principles of Public Health and Biosecurity will be reinforced in other subjects where ever it is appropriate.

Public Health & Biosecurity 1 is run over 4 weeks of the semester and includes four PBL packages, PBL Tutorial Sessions and weekly lectures.

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


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC418. 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 enrolment in the:

Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)


ASC262 and ASC370 and ASC474 and VSC225 and VSC310 and VSC332

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to competently investigate, including test interpretation of, a notifiable and/or emergency animal disease;
  • be able to list differential diagnoses and make a presumptive diagnosis of a notifiable and/or emergency animal disease;
  • be able to advise and communicate on the epidemiology and recommended control options for notifiable and/or emergency animal diseases;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of working protocols in a response to a notifiable and/or emergency animal disease;
  • be able to carry out risk assessments in relation to animal diseases;
  • be able to identify and recognise the legal and scientific bases for national and state biosecurity plans in relation to notifiable and/or emergency animal diseases; and
  • be able to prepare and implement farm biosecurity measures for different types of animal production enterprises.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Emergency animal diseases
- Clinical signs
- Immediate response to the detection of a possible emergency in animal disease
- Confirmation of a diagnosis
- Epidemiology
- Control measures
- Decontamination procedures
- Emergency management plans
- Relevant state legislation

Risk assessment
- Identify risks
- Analyse risks
- Treat risks
- Monitor and review risk treatment pan
- Biosecurity
- National, state and livestock industry biosecurity plans
- National and state legislation
- Roles of different veterinarians, private, industry and government, in the prevention, notification and control of livestock diseases
- Methods of spread of endemic and emergency animal diseases
- The planning process
- Factors impinging upon the biosecurity of individual livestock enterprises

Content covered by each case will be rigorously mapped against CSU Veterinary Graduate Attributes and traditional clinical curricula followed at other Veterinary Schools. In addition, preclinical subject material relevant to the cases presented (for example pathology, microbiology, etc) will be reinforced (if previously covered) or extended, as appropriate for the cases presented.


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.