VSC426 Production Animal Medicine 2 (8)

Production Animal Medicine 2 will be presented in a Problem Based Learning format based around four case packages over a four week period. In common with Production Animal Medicine 1 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 2 presents four PBL packages over four weeks.

The management of diseases which require symptomatic treatment or treatment based on first principles and clinical acumen, because the specific aetiological agent is unknown, the aetiology of the condition is poorly understood, because treatment must be instituted before the aetiology is fully understood, or because cost prevents the use of diagnostic tests which may elucidate the aetiology are featured.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC426. 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

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 investigate, diagnose, treat and manage disease in farm animals including: proceed with the management of disease in farm animals in the absence of a definitive diagnosis; and incorporate the management of risk factors for the occurrence of common diseases in the development of disease management plans;
  • be able to explain the aetio-pathogenesis and epidemiology of farm animal diseases to colleagues and producers;
  • be able to balance the financial considerations of livestock producers, the welfare of animals and the likely outcome of veterinary intervention in developing disease management plans;
  • be able to devise health and production strategies which reduce the risk of disease spread in the herd or flock;
  • be able to apply and integrate knowledge from the pre-clinical disciplines; the disciplines of nutrition, economics, epidemiology, pathology, parasitology, microbiology and other paraclinical disciplines and from clinical knowledge; to novel health management in farm animals;
  • be able to review the scientific literature and communicate the information learnt to colleagues and/or producers; and
  • be able to demonstrate collaboration with their peers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • 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
  •  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.