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TV1002 - Veterinary Professional Life 2

Credit points: 6
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to BVSc students only

This subject follows on from Veterinary Professional Life -- 1, and AG1007 and CH1001. The aim of the subject is to provide students with a solid understanding of the animal and livestock industries relevant to veterinary practice and the diversity of career opportunities available to veterinarians. This includes grazing land management; animal nutrition; animal welfare and ethics; the foundations of inheritance and principles underlying genetics testing; the basics of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; the use of chemistry in the wider scientific context and the development. Included in this subject are Personal and Professional veterinary career development workshops (as part of the Veterinary Career Development program) which aim to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to practice as a veterinarian in our changing world and to equip them with the skills to succeed in this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast different veterinary career paths and specialisations and reflect on their own possible career choices within the veterinary profession;
  • Discuss the basics of animal genetics and demonstrate how this knowledge is applied to the development of animal breeding programs;
  • Outline the structure of the various animal industries; discussing their importance to the Australian economy and discuss the qualities of the various animal products;
  • Outline the principles of animal nutrition and how these principles may be applied to the nutritional management of livestock and companion animals;
  • Describe aspects of the welfare, ethics and ethical implications of the use of animals for food and fibre production, sport, companionship, entertainment and research and display a desire to promote animal welfare;
  • Describe how agronomic and environmental influences impact on grazing animal production;
  • Discuss the principles of molecular biology that underpin the processes of replication, transcription and translation of genetic material and the application of these principles through the use of molecular tools such as PCR;
  • List and explain factors that can affect the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs ("pharmacokinetics") and drug-receptor interactions ("pharmacodynamics");
  • Explain and apply the principals of physical chemistry in the wider scientific context, particularly in the biological, biomedical, earth and environmental sciences;
  • Safely handle a wide variety of animal species (pigs, poultry, goats, aquaculture species, horses and laboratory animals) and develop basic skills in examination of healthy animals;
  • Set goals, examine non-verbal communication and develop conflict management and time management skills.
Prerequisites: TV1101 AG1007 CH1001
TV1200 AG1003 AG1004 TV1203


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Orachun Hayakijkosol
Lecturers: Mr Christopher Gardiner, Dr Jenny Elliman, Miss Josephine Penny, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri, Professor William Tranter, Assoc. Professor Richard Squires, Assoc. Professor Janice Lloyd, Dr Robert Kinobe, Dr Sandra De Cat, Ms Sally Watts, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Mark Barnes, Dr Glen Walker, Dr Donnalee Taylor, Assoc. Professor Aduli Malau-Aduli, Dr Craig Godfrey, Mrs Sam Rannard, Professor Estelle Venter, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson, Dr David Blignaut, Dr Graham Burgess.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 92 hours lectures
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 52 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); on course assessment (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Attendance at practical classes and workshops is compulsory. A pass standard in animal handling is required. Must pass safety competencies for practical animal handling

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.