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TV1101 - Veterinary Professional Life 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Margaret Reilly, Dr Sandra De Cat, Professor Estelle Venter
Lecturers: Mr Christopher Gardiner, Miss Josephine Penny, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri, Professor William Tranter, Dr Margaret Reilly, Assoc. Professor Janice Lloyd, Dr Sandra De Cat, Ms Sally Watts, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Prisca Noble, Dr Donnalee Taylor, 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.

  • 30 hours lectures
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 39 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. Safety competencies for practical animal handling are a hurdle requirement. You must achieve satisfactory performance in safety competencies to pass this subject.

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.