ASC513 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 post graduate students will be able to evaluate horse health and disease risk, consider and dispel horse health myths, design on-farm biosecurity protocols, justify choice of preventive healthcare programs and communicate this information, orally and in writing, to different lay and professional audiences.


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

Session 1 (30)
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 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 critically evaluate disease risk and develop and implement biosecurity measures for an equine property;
  • be able to apply integrated control measures for equine internal parasites; and
  • be able to justify and implement equine preventative health care.


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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ASC513 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 %
Practical report
Topic 1 online exercises
Topic 2 online exercises
Topic 3 online exercises
Topic 4 online exercises
Oral exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School for ASC513 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.

Special Resources

Potentially accommodation and transport costs to attend the Residential School. Suitable footwear for handling horses.

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.