Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject develops the knowledge and understanding required to manage the health of a group of horses in a sustainable holistic context using established knowledge in the area of epidemiology and its application to the health management of a group of horses. Throguh project work and practicals, students will develop knowledge and skills required for the detection and management of specific equine diseases that are problematic under Australian conditions, to minimise the occurrence and severity of disease, and evaluate stud management practices.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1SSM and must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInfectious diseases of the horse : diagnosis, pathology, management, and public healthRecommendedvan der Kolk, JH & Veldhuis Kroeze, EJB 2013, healthManson Publishing, London.
ReadingsEquine infectious diseases, 2nd ednRecommendedSellon, D & Long, M 2013Elsevier, St Louis.
ReadingsHandbook of equine parasite controlRecommendedReinemeyer, CR & Nielsen, MK 2013Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, Iowa.
ReadingsEquine clinical medicine, surgery and reproductionRecommendedMunroe, G & Weese, S 2011Manson Publishing, London
ReadingsEquine veterinary nursing, 2nd ednRecommendedCoumbe, K (ed.) 2012Wiley-Blackwell for the British Equine Veterinary Association, Chichester, West Sussex.
ReadingsThe comprehensive guide to equine veterinary medicine,RecommendedCrabbe, B 2007Sterling Publishing Co., New York.
ReadingsBlackwell#s five-minute veterinary consult: equine, 2nd ednRecommendedLavoie, J, Hinchcliff, KW & Brown, CM (eds) 2009Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, Iowa.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse enterprise management practices, facilities and layout factors affecting the introduction and spread of disease.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

02. Critically evaluate the prevention and control of the major diseases affecting horses in Australia.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

03. Develop a plan for the effective control of horse parasites.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

04. Evaluate and justify an industry-relvant approach towards disease management.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Eight 2.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"8 x 2 hour lecture Classes per study period. (Semester) "

Practical Week: 10 - 22
Four 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park)"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Stud and stable Epidemiology Assignment (1000 words)15 01
Individual Epidemiology Project Presentation (10 minutes, 500 words)10 02, 03, 04
Epidemiology Project Report (1000 words)25 02, 03
Written exam (2 hours, 2000 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04