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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 five identified elements. The identified elements are: 1. Agents of Disease and Therapeutics 2. Pathology and Clinical Pathology 3. Introduction to Public Health, Livestock and Equine Medicine 4. Introduction to Small Animal Clinical Studies 5. Veterinary Career Development Agents of Disease and Therapeutics continues the study of common parasitological conditions of animals, their diagnosis, treatment, management and zoonotic risks and the use and pharmacology of drugs in veterinary practice. Pathology and Clinical Pathology completes systemic pathology examining the pathologic basis of disease in the cardiovascular, urogenital, integumentary, endocrine, nervous and musculoskeletal systems and introduces clinical pathology. Introduction to Public Health, Livestock and Equine Medicine examines a One Health approach to zoonoses and food safety, differences in structure of the Beef Industry in Australia, bovine clinical examination and lameness, medicine in the pig and poultry industries and equine dermatology, wound management, lameness and podiatry. Introduction to Small Animal Clinical Studies prepares students for their clinical years through introduction to diagnostic clinical reasoning and problem orientated record keeping, small animal dermatology and small animal emergency critical care, the principles of diagnostic imaging and radiation safety, behavioural medicine, surgery and wound management and anaesthesiology. 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

  • Explain and demonstrate the key features of surgical sepsis, surgical theatre etiquette, basic surgical procedures, surgical emergencies, emergency critical case management in small animals and wound management in small animals and equines;
  • Diagnose common diseases of the cardiovascular, urogenital, integumentary, endocrine, nervous and musculoskeletal systems based on gross and histopathological changes, explain their pathophysiology, and describe common laboratory abnormalities and the interpretive considerations of chemistry tests and urinalysis for the detection of disease in animals;
  • Diagnose, manage, treat and prevent some common infectious and parasitic diseases including zoonotic pathogens, using a One Health approach, in companion animals, pigs, poultry and equines as well as behavioural problems in companion animals. Discuss the process of diagnostic reasoning and demonstrate problem orientated record keeping;
  • Discuss the beef cattle and ruminant export industries in Australia;
  • Discuss the pharmacological principles associated with treatment and management of common disease of animals and anaesthesia in small animals and describe anesthetic procedures, delivery systems, risks associated with anesthesia, use of drugs, monitoring and basic problem solving for safe anesthesia in small animals;
  • Describe and diagnose common dermatological conditions in small animals and equines, their management and treatment;
  • Discuss the basic concepts of the production of x- rays, the interaction of radiation within the body and how it applies to radiographic techniques and radiation safety aspects;
  • Apply knowledge on the anatomy, physiology and behaviour of animals to undertake a clinical examination of the dog, cat and cow, evaluate lameness in the cow and horse and apply podiatry to managing the health and disorders of the equine hoof;
  • Demonstrate and strengthen teamwork, conflict management skills and negotiation skills.
Prerequisites: TV3001 and allow concurrent for TV3001


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
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, Dr Tessa Mackie, 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 Rachel Bowater, Dr Donnalee Taylor, Assoc. Professor Anthony Caiafa, Dr Linda Hayes, Dr Frans Venter, Mrs Wendy Foyle, <Person not found>, Professor Estelle Venter, <Person not found>, Dr Jim Taylor, Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson, Dr Dem de Tonnerre, Dr David Blignaut, Mr Scott Blyth.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 12 credit point subject is approximately 520 hours.

  • 206 hours lectures
  • 14 hours tutorials
  • 43 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
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.