ASC513 Equine Health (8)

This subject involves study of preventative measures in equine health,  with emphasis on the importance of industry management in creating a situation with minimal risk of disease for horses. A compulsory 3-day residential school forms part of this subject delivery.


* 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: ASC513. 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 Masters of Animal Science

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed students will have general knowledge in the areas of horse anatomy and physiology as well as animal health.

Subject Relationships

ASC413 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to objectively assess and monitor horse health;
  • be able to identify and mitigate risks to horse health in various Australian settings;
  • be able to apply an evidence-based approach to horse health care;
  • be able to course and critically appraise the equine scientific literature; and
  • be able to communicate scientific horse health information to peers, non-equine professionals as well as to lay people.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Horse housing and its impact on horse health. Topics include stress, welfare, behaviour, stereotypies and respiratory disease.
  • Module 2; Horse relocation on the impacts on horse health. Topics include transport, biosecurity and disease spread, assessing the need to drench, and rotational grazing to control internal parasites.
  • Module 3. Assessing and monitoring horse health and the provision of first aid. Topics include key indicators of horse health, record keeping, horse time budgets and topical wound care.
  • Module 4. Preventative horse health care in Australia. Topics include an evidence-based approach to vaccination, and preventing colic, sore backs, gastric ulcerations and respiratory disease.

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School for ASC513 will provide a hands-on approach to the theory taught.

Special Resources

Travel may be required to attend the residential school if enrolled in the subject by Distance Education


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Future students

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.