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TV3002 - Transitions from Health to Disease 2

Credit points: 12
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject, together with Transitions from Health to Disease 1, makes up the third level of the BVSc degree program and the second of two years of the integrated veterinary science curriculum. The integrated curriculum is structured around a number of overlapping themes that combine knowledge, skills and attitudes, which are then delivered through a series of modules. The themes are: Structure and Function Dysfunction, Agents of Disease and Defence; Animal Production, Management and Behaviour; Veterinary Services; Veterinary Practice; and Veterinary Career Development. In this subject the focus of the Dysfunction, Agents of Disease and Defence theme is to enable students to understand dysfunction and disease processes including their molecular and cellular basis and the diversity of potential pathogens. Animal Production, Management and Behaviour will provide grounding in aspects of animal production and behaviour, relevant to veterinary practice, and in particular, changes in animal behaviour that may be indicative of a change in health status. Veterinary Services encompasses sectors of the veterinary profession that provide a service to the community through expertise in the study of the spread of disease and accompanying risks to populations and communities, introducing concepts of biosafety and One Health. Elements of Veterinary Practice run through the Study Period to provide students with a foundation in the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for a veterinarian working in clinical practice. The Veterinary Career Development theme will provide students with the skills necessary to practice as a veterinarian in our changing world and to be able to continually access and use information as knowledge progresses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the interrelationship between legislation, professional ethics and personal values as they relate to the veterinary profession and practice these principles in a variety of scenarios;
  • Diagnose, treat and prevent common causes of dental disease in companion animals;
  • Using a problem-based approach, be able to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent common diseases in diverse range of animal species in Australia based on history, clinical examination, epidemiological investigation, clinical and anatomical pathologyas well as knowledge of the aetiology and pathophysiology of common diseases and pharmacology of therapeutic agents;
  • Explain and demonstrate the key features of surgical sepsis, surgical theatre etiquette, basic surgical procedures and surgical emergencies and explain how to maintain and monitor anaesthesia in animals using knowledge of the pharmacology of anaesthetic drugs;
  • Discuss the implications of zoonotic diseases for human health and the veterinarians role in the One Health;
  • Diagnose, and treat some common behavioural problems in companion animals;
  • Diagnose, treat, manage and prevent common diseases in pigs and poultry;
  • Apply knowledge on the anatomy, physiology and behaviour of animals to undertake a clinical examination of the dog, cat and cow and evaluate lameness in the cow and horse;
  • Describe and demonstrate radiographic positioning, and radiation safety and recognise common radiation film faults;
  • Demonstrate teamwork, conflict management skills and negotiation skills.
Prerequisites: TV3001 and allow concurrent for TV3001


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, Dr Jim Taylor
Lecturers: Dr Jenni Scott, Miss Josephine Penny, Miss Yissu Martinez, Assoc. Professor John Cavalieri, Professor William Tranter, Assoc. Professor Richard Squires, Assoc. Professor Janice Lloyd, Assoc. Professor Bradley Dowling, Dr Robert Kinobe, Dr Sandra De Cat, Mrs Karen Reeks, Dr Ruth Sutcliffe, Assoc. Professor Constantin Constantinoiu, Ms Sally Watts, Dr Elena Constantinoiu, Dr Leo Foyle, Dr Karen Gerber, Mrs Virginia Simpson, Dr Yukari Miyake, Dr Dilini Thilakaratne, Dr Donnalee Taylor, Assoc. Professor Anthony Caiafa, Dr Linda Hayes, Dr Frans Venter, Mrs Wendy Foyle, Dr Allison Van Gelderen, Professor Estelle Venter, Dr Ulrike Kafka, Dr Jim Taylor, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson, Dr David Blignaut, Mr Scott Blyth.
Contact hours:
  • 227 hours lectures
  • 20 hours tutorials
  • 60 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).
    Special Assessment Requirements: ALL practicals, tutorials, guest lectures, workshops, field trips, and animal handling sessions are compulsory. Farm practice placement must be completed

    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.