VM4103 - Conservation, Zoo and Exotic Animal Medicine

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The course will provide approaches to the application of the principles of veterinary clinical medicine and clinical practice to the animal species more commonly kept in zoos, aviaries or aquaria or as exotic pets in institutional or domestic situations, and species commonly-encountered in the context of wildlife rescues. Taxonomic groups covered in this course will include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Topics will include legislative regulation of the keeping of animals in captivity, normal housing, husbandry and nutrition, specific and unique anatomy and physiology relating to clinical decision making, preventative medicine programs (including quarantine standards, medical record keeping, parasite control, pest management and enclosure design), breeding and population management including contraception and assisted reproductive technologies), principles and acceptable standards of welfare, physical restraint, handling and chemical restraint, case history and  clinical  examination, sample collection, diagnostic techniques, clinical presentation and pathology of common clinical conditions, clinical disease management including therapeutics and the role of the veterinarian in zoo, wildlife and exotic medicine.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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