ASC450 Animal Health (8)

This subject extends the knowledge of students in the principles of health and disease in farm production animals and horses. It covers topics such as immunology, epidemiology, parasitology, exotic diseases, stress, pharmacology and animal health economics. Within these topics the subject allows specialisation for either horses or farm animals.
The focus of the subject content is from a herd health perspective which promotes prevention of disease in the herd as well as the individual through sound management and husbandry.

This subject is clearly differentiated from the paired subject, ASC350, in that the learning objectives and assessment clearly reflect the higher level offering appropriate to Master level learning.


* 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: ASC450. 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

Master of Animal Science (articulated set)

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to recognise and explain the differences between normal and unhealthy animals within an animal enterprise;
  • Be able to describe and discuss the key concepts involved in herd or collection health, including biosecurity, vaccination, strategic treatments and disease epidemiology;
  • Be able to discuss important examples of endemic and exotic infectious animal diseases and the causative agents, including prions, viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, and zoonotic agents when important;
  • Be able to discuss examples of non-infectious animal diseases, including metabolic and genetic conditions, that could be significant with regard to herd or collection health;
  • Be able to describe and discuss the impacts of stress on animal health, and how to recognise and remediate stressed animals;
  • Be able to conduct extensive economic analysis of animal health decisions;
  • Be able to communicate effective animal health strategies to a range of next user and end users.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Herd health as a concept;
Disease in the individual animal and the disease process;
Immunology, vaccination;
Exotic and Zoonotic diseases;
Applied Pharmocolgy;
Animal Health Economics;
Stress in Animals.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC450 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 %
Zoonotic disease fact sheet
Disease treatment control and prevention summary
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

Residential School activities will focus on teaching a hands on approach to theory taught in the DE structure.

Special Resources

This subject has a compulsory residential school.

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.