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 environment 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 (with specialisation), Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management), and Bachelor of Animal Science or Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours).



Subject Relationships

ASC513 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify evidence-based risk factors 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 measures for an equine property;
  • be able to apply integrated control measures for equine internal parasites.
  • be able to justify and implement equine preventative health care


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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC413 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Topic 1 online exercises
Publishable abstract
Topic 2 online exercises
Topic 3 online exercises
Topic 4 online exercises
Oral exam
Residential school attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School for ASC413 will allow students who are studying online to both directly experience and implement aspects of preventative health care within an equine specific context.  This will allow them to put the theory gained online into practice under industry conditions.  The three day residential school will comprise a mixture of workshops, yard/stable/paddock and laboratory based activities that will complement the theoretical materials delivered on line throughout this subject. 

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.