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TV1101 - Introductory Veterinary Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available only to BVSc students

The aim of the subject is to provide knowledge and understanding of: the importance of animals to society and to the Australian economy; principles of animal behaviour and animal welfare; the safe handling of common species of animals; common breeds of companion animal and livestock species and to improve communication, team work, literacy and numeracy skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the importance of ethics to the practice of veterinary science and the maintenance of professional standards;
  • Employ standards and guidelines to safely handle domestic animal species and match common equipment to names and applications;
  • Outline the structure of the major animal industries in Australia and the significant contribution they make to the Australian society and economy;
  • Recognise and name the common breeds of companion animal and livestock species e.g. cats, dogs, sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and horses;
  • Describe concepts of animal behaviour and welfare;
  • Appraise personal and professional employability skills, including written communication and teamwork;
  • Improve literacy and numeracy skills by the ability to collect, analyse and evaluate information and be able to solve routine dosage calculations required in veterinary practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • On course assessments - (40%) - Group & Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Attend all the practical sessions, workshops and field trips (100%) unless for medical reasons or exceptional circumstances Attempt all and achieve a minimum of 50% across all combined summative on-course assessment activities and a satisfactory standard in each identified hurdle, as outlined in each assessment items criteria


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 30 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 39 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.