118.772 Calf Medicine, Health and Management (15 credit)

Lecturers: Christie Balcomb BVSc, DACVIM (LAIM)
                   Kristina Müller Dr.med.vet., Dip.ECBHM, Veterinary Specialist in Cattle Management and Diseases

This course will help you increase your knowledge of the aetiology, epidemiology, management and prevention of calf disease. It will focus on a practical, cost-effective, but holistic approach to the evaluation of calf health, management and production both at a general level and specific individual farm basis.

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

On this course you will learn:

  • a practical approach to the investigation and cost-effective management of large-scale calf disease problems.
  • to critically assess calf rearing environment, nutritional policy and preventative medicine regimes.
  • to construct cost-effective, individual farm management strategies, to address calf health, welfare and future productivity.

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by a recognised international expert in his field. In this course, you will use a mixture of provided information, textbooks, literature, and online sessions to support and consolidate your learning.

Your lecturer

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • Electronic library access
  • 3 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online

Learning community

  • Lecturer facilitated online case discussions
  • Social forum


  • Written case report
  • Portfolio of course work
  • Final paper-based exam in a centre near you

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online
  • While the study guide will provide the main reading for this course access to one of the following titles is recommended:
    1. Bovine Medicine, Diseases and Husbandry of Cattle (2004) Second Edition, Edited by A. H. Andrews with, Blowey, R. W., Boyd, H. and Eddy, R. G. Blackwell Science, Limited, Oxford. ISBN 0-632—05596-0
    2. Veterinary Medicine, A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Pigs, and Goats. (2007) Tenth Edition.  Edited by Radostits, O. M., Gay, C. C.,Hinchcliff, K. W., Constable, P. D. with Done, S. H., Jacobs, D. E., Ikede, B. O., McKenzie, R. A., Colwell, D., Osweiler, G. and Bildfell, R. J. Elsevier Saunders, Edinburgh. ISBN 10: 7020 2777 4

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2019 are NZ$6746. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

There will be a 3 day on-campus workshop held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This will build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. 

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. In 2019 the contact workshop will run on the same dates as the Reproduction course.  This format provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme. 

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2017
Course start July 2018
Exam period February 2019
Course end February 2019

 *Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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