Modern Diagnostics in Animal Health

Develop your expertise in the diagnosis of animal health related diseases and pathogens.

Explore the principles, practices, and procedures of diagnostic tests. Learn about the detection of infected animals for exotic diseases, the identification of resistant animals for endemic diseases and the detection of pathogens in the environment. This 20-hour online program is designed for people working across both public and private sectors in animal health related roles.

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Overview

Location Online and Bundoora Campus
Date/s Monday 12 July to Friday 16 July
Duration 5 days (approximately 20 hours) with additional self-paced online learning
Registrations close 5:00 pm on Friday 25 June 2021
Prerequisites/s There are no prerequisites for this course
Certification Certificate of Completion
Fee/s $1,000.00 + GST

La Trobe’s short course in Modern Diagnostics for Animal Health is designed to provide professional development opportunities for animal health professionals such as Animal Health Officers and Paraveterinarians.

Developed in collaboration with major employers in the biosecurity industry, this course trains you on the principles, practices, and procedures of diagnosing disease in animals and equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to further your career in animal health.

During this five-day course, you will explore topics such as antibody and nucleic acid-based procedures and learn how to test infected animals for exotic diseases, the identification of resistant animals for endemic diseases and the detection of pathogens in the environment.

Upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion and access to further professional development opportunities within La Trobe’s comprehensive range of short courses in our animal health suite.

Course content

Topics covered will include:

  • The course will focus on the principles, practices, and procedures of diagnostic tests.
  • The syllabus will include both antibody and nucleic acid-based procedures and the tests will cover the detection of infected animals for exotic diseases, the identification of resistant animals for endemic diseases and the detection of pathogens in the environment.
  • The module is designed to provide understanding and social or scientific background to issues that drive a Biosecurity officer’s working life.

Author

Dr. Roger Paskin

Dr. Roger Paskin is an expert in the field of animal health who runs his own animal health consultancy in Adelaide, South Australia. Dr. Paskin is a qualified veterinarian with field, management, and advisory experience across public and private sectors in locations across the globe including Africa and Australia. Dr. Paskin has worked with an array of animal health providers including the United Nations, the Ministry of Agriculture in Namibia, the Dept. of Primary Industries in both Victoria and South Australia and is a former board member of CEBRA (Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis).

Presenters

Prof. Grant Rawlin

Professor Rawlin is an Adjunct Professor in La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences and is a leading researcher in the field of veterinary pathobiology. Currently working at Agriculture Victoria in the DJPR (Dept. Jobs, Precincts and Regions), Professor Rawlin has extensive professional experience across animal health topics including emerging infectious diseases, animal parasitology and infectious disease epidemiology.

Prof. Michael Stear

Professor Stear is a leading academic in La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences, specialising in animal biology. Professor Stear has provided major breakthroughs in the understanding of parasitic infections in farm animals (primarily sheep) and maintains expertise across many fields of animal health including genetics, parasitology, immunology, and epidemiology. Professor Stear is also a specialist in statistics relating to the diagnosis of disease in animals.

Prof. Travis Beddoe

Professor Travis Beddoe is an experienced lecturer within La Trobe’s Dept. of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences where he established a laboratory focused on livestock-pathogen interactions. Professor Beddoe’s research concentrates on aiding animal health with a focus on field-based diagnostics, and molecular understanding of glycans and glycan-binding proteins in disease pathogenesis and vaccine development. With diverse experience across both plant biochemistry and animal biology, Professor Beddoe has held research positions in several prestigious research centres across Victoria and gained numerous fellowships including with NHMRC CDA and Pfizer Australia.

Prof. Warwick Grant

Professor Warwick Grant is a leading researcher from within La Trobe’s Dept. of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology who specialises in parasitology and maintains deep expertise in nematode genetics and the analysis of parasitic species, particularly in the context of livestock. Professor Grant has conducted numerous research projects around the globe, including significant efforts to eliminate river blindness disease in Africa, receiving acclaim and funding from the prestigious ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’.

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information

E: executive_professional_education@latrobe.edu.au

T: 1300 135 045