Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will extend their knowledge and practical skills with cattle and sheep, beyond the introductory husbandry, handling and preventative health care covered earlier in the course. Via a work integrated learning (WIL) placement, students will learn how to safely work with large domesticated animals including cattle, sheep, goats and alpacas whilst undertaking a range of farm animal management procedures and assisting a veterinarian with the management of animal health conditions. Students will learn how to perform a number of reproductive assistance techniques in cattle, including: pregnancy testing, artificial insemination and assisting cows through parturition (calving), as well as learning how to assist veterinarians with the diagnosis, treatment and surgical management of large animal health conditions including conditions like: bloat, caesareans and foot abscesses. Students will evaluate animal production systems from a holistic perspective, by undertaking an analysis of an animal production animal system from legal, behavioural, husbandry, welfare and ethical perspectives.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBVN and have passed VET2IAN and VET2PVN


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

Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorHoltgrew-Bohling, K


Edition/Volume3rd Ed



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required37.5 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsWIL Placement. Roster-dependent. 

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically analyse the legal, behavioural and husbandry requirements of ruminant animals (cattle, sheep, goats and alpacas from an animal health management perspective
02. Critically examine, from both ethical and financial perspectives, the animal health and welfare outcomes of a range of ruminant production systems
03. Analyse the differences in ruminant animal anatomy and physiology, compared with other domesticated species, in order to identify specific and different nursing care requirements of ruminants
04. Develop animal management plans for the nursing care requirements for large animals
05. Perform reproductive techniques used in domesticated large animals
06. Demonstrate procedures on large animals, including animal handling and restraint techniques.

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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: 31 - 43
Five 1.00 day placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Clinical Placement

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Delivered as reading material, quizzes, video clips.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
Three 2.00 days workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
This subject involves 3 x 2 day blocks of intensive workshops, and 5 days work integrated learning placement. Prior to students being placed on WIL placements, they must demonstrate competence in large animal handling during a workshop


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

30 mins In-class test (600 words equivalent)30 mins in class test.


20 minute practical examination (1000 words equivalent)Held during examination period


1200 word written essaySelect a large animal production system of interest, and examine the system from the perspectives of how adequately it: provides the animal's behavioural and husbandry requirements; meets legal requirements; and addresses the welfare needs of the animals involved. (1200 words)


10 minute oral presentation with 800-word written pamphlet (1300 words equivalent total)Student selects a health condition/disease of a domesticated large animal species and explain the anatomical and physiological changes seen in this condition, the veterinary diagnosis and treatment, and the nursing care requirements of the patient.


Animal handling practicumHurdle assessmentStudents to demonstrate effective and safe large animal handling techniques during their 2-day practical workshops.

N/AN/AN/AYesnull SILO6