VSC465 Clinical Rotation 7- Livestock Industries (8)

This is a rotation in one of the important livestock industries of Australia studied from the viewpoint of a veterinarian working in a consultancy, business, advisory or regulatory role, rather than a conventional veterinary practice role. Students will complete a 3 week rotation with a veterinarian working as a species specialist or expert in the pig, poultry or aquaculture industries, either in private practice or as an employee of a company or other such body, or with a veterinarian working in consultancy practice serving one of those industries or the sheep, beef or dairy cattle industries, or with a veterinarian working in the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), or Animal Health Industries.
The rotation can also be performed by repeating Clinical Rotation 1, 2 or 3 (Equine, Small Animal or Dairy Cattle Practice) and, if so, students are expected to demonstrate advanced levels of skills and knowledge in those rotations to achieve satisfactory grades. Students may not repeat any one of these rotations more than once in their course.

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 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC465. 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 Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology /Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Animal Science
Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours)Students only


VSC415 and VSC426 and VSC427 and VSC450 and VSC451 and VSC453

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the role of veterinarians working in the industry in which the placement was conducted;
  • be able to conduct a preliminary investigation into the health, welfare, productivity, bio-security and/or product quality (including food safety), of animals raised and managed in enterprises of the relevant industry;
  • be able to identify the major issues affecting the present and future production, security and profitability of producers in the relevant industry;
  • be able to prepare reports for producers in the particular industry which reflect an understanding of the principal constraints imposed on such enterprises by the management, regulatory, climatic or commercial environment;
  • be able to prepare advice for producers in the particular industry which reflect a deep understanding of relevant veterinary epidemiology, economics, genetics, nutrition and disease control principles;
  • be able to, where relevant, describe the responsibility of the veterinary profession in ensuring that animal products for domestic or export markets meet regulatory standards;
  • be able to meet the Learning Outcomes described in the relevant rotation at an advanced level if repeating clinical rotation 1, 2 or 3;
  • be able to meet any additional learning objectives specified for individual specialism placements;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate time management and organisational skills to permit completion of clinical and assessment responsibilities.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Economics and financial management
  • Animal nutrition
  • Animal production
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • The Acts of Parliament relevant to the livestock industries
  • Genetics

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Student must attend a Livestock Industries for this rotation

Special Resources

Students have to supply their own travel and accommodation for these rotations


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.