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TV1101 - Introductory Veterinary Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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 25-Mar-2021
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, Dr Donnalee Taylor, Professor Maxine Whittaker, Professor Estelle Venter, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson, Dr David Blignaut, <Person not found>, Dr Donna Martin.
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.