Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject aims to develop the knowledge and skills required for successful and economically-rational equine health management. The ability to recognise and evaluate problems early and determine the need for veterinary attention versus treatment by non-veterinary personnel is fundamental to such management. This subject is not designed to develop expert diagnostic skills and does not equip students to prescribe treatments. Upon successful completion of this subject, students will be able to recognise the clinical signs of an ill horse, triage the significance of the presenting clinical problem, seek veterinary assistance when required, and appropriately manage the recovery of the horse. This subject develops the knowledge required for graduates to form a productive working partnership with an attending veterinarian in the health management of the horses under their care.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) or Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology (SBATE)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Equine medicine, surgery and reproduction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMair, T, Love, S, Schumacher, J, Smith, R & Frazer, G


Edition/Volume2nd edn



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required36 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsWIL Placement at Melbourne Polytechnic's Equine Facilities.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate the health of a horse
02. Explain the differences between passive and active immunity, and how this knowledge is applied when managing a horse's health
03. Identify common equine diseases and explain their normal prevention and management procedures.
04. Reflect upon one's own performance of procedures undertaken in the management of common equine health problems.
05. Discuss legal and ethical responsibilities associated with equine health care

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours placement - off site per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
WIL Placement at Melbourne Polytechnic's Equine Facilities

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

6 x 10 min online tutorial questions (1000 word equivalent) Fortnightly. 5% each

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Literature Review (1200 words) Review of scholarly publications on a common equine disease

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO3, SILO4

Reflective Practical Class Journal (600 words equivalent) Journal records of horse health and procedures performed in practical classes to be documented. Students reflect upon their performance of skills, and consider how they could be further improved in the future (1500 unstructured journal words equivalent to approx. 600 essay words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5

1.5-hour written examination (1500 words equivalent) Written assessment of all theoretical content covered in the subject (1500 word equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4