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TV1101 - Introduction to Veterinary Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and 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 and discuss the ethical principles and professional standards that frame the practice of veterinary science, including animal behaviours and welfare, and comply with legislation, standards and guidelines to safely handle domestic animal species;
  • outline the structure of the major animal industries in Australia and the significant contribution they make to the Australian society and economy;
  • demonstrate, apply and appraise communication, numeracy, teamwork and professional employability skills as relevant to academic and veterinary practice contexts;
  • recognise and name the common breeds of companion animal and livestock species;
  • identify and describe the anatomical apparatus and systems in domestic species (including general osteology, arthrology, myology, neurology, angiology, splanchnology and esthesiology).

Subject Assessment

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

Special Assessment Requirements

Attend all the specialised 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 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Professor Margaret Reilly, Dr Sandra De Cat, Professor Estelle Venter
Lecturers: Mr Christopher Gardiner, Ms Josephine Penny, Dr Maree Corkeron, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri, Professor William Tranter, Dr Orachun Hayakijkosol, Professor Margaret Reilly, Assoc. Professor Janice Lloyd, Dr Sandra De Cat, Ms Sally Watts, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Prisca Noble, <Person not found>, Professor Maxine Whittaker, Dr Carolynne Joone, Professor Estelle Venter, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson, Dr David Blignaut, Dr Donna Martin.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 27 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours specialised
  • 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.