ASC413 Equine Disease Prevention (8)

This subject equips students as potential future decision makers with the key skills needed to optimise horse health, performance and welfare. The importance of risk factors relating to the horse environmental and management will be critically appraised in relation to industry practices. On completing this subject students will be able to evaluate horse health and evaluate disease risk, consider and dispel horse health myths, design basic on-farm biosecurity protocols, justify choice of preventive healthcare programs and communicate this information, orally and in writing to different audiences (lay and professional). 


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

Session 1 (30)
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

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Equine Science, Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management), Bachelor of Animal Science or Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) and Master of Animal Science.

Assumed Knowledge

ASC208 and ASC171

Subject Relationships

ASC513 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to evaluate horse health and generate a causal web for common equine diseases demonstrating their multifactorial nature;
  • be able to critically appraise the equine scientific literature for strength of evidence and to dispel equine health myths;
  • be able to evaluate disease risk and develop and implement biosecurity control for an equine property;
  • be able to apply integrated control measures to equine internal parasites.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Disease spread principles including risk factors, risk assessment and causal webs.
  • Biosecurity, quarantine principles and exotic diseases of the equid.
  • Common equine zoonosis, including Hendra virus.
  • Preventative foot care.
  • Clinical and behavioural signs of health in the horse.
  • Risk factors and prevention of common equine disease syndromes such as laminitis, equine metabolic disease and skin conditions.
  • Preventative equine health care including vaccination, equine internal parasite control and oral health and dental care.

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.


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.