Avian Medicine

The principles and practice of avian medicine in companion birds and aviary collections, for veterinarians. Pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of diseases of birds.

Course code

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The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



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Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Course notes

This course aims to develop your interest and knowledge about the medicine and surgery of birds, both wild and captive. The course is designed to cover first diagnostic principles, then medicine by organ system and finally special features of avian surgery.

For detailed information about this and other distance courses in this programme see http://mvm.massey.ac.nz

To pass the course students must complete online case studies and submit all stages of the written assignment. To pass course students must achieve at least 50% in the final exam.


Similar content

You cannot enrol in this course if you have passed (or are enrolled in) any of the course(s) above as these courses have similar content or content at a higher level.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Use best practices to confidently and competently choose which diagnostic techniques are applicable for any clinical presentation for bird medicine.
  • 2 Use best practices to undertake clinical examinations, collect diagnostic samples, take radiographs, safely administer anaesthesia, perform common surgical procedures, administer treatments and perform necropsies in birds.
  • 3 Accurately interpret diagnostic and pathologic findings, relate them systematically to the principles of avian physiology, pathophysiology, nutrition and husbandry and identify common avian diseases.
  • 4 Apply systematic knowledge and problem solving strategies to prioritise conditions in individual or flocks of birds and make recommendations for diagnostic, therapeutic and management procedures, including referral if indicated.
  • 5 Judge and articulate prognosis with various management options in individual or flocks of birds with common diseases.
  • 6 Collate and present clinical information, develop and justify clinical approaches with reference to the scientific literature.
  • 7 Effectively incorporate peer feedback and reflection to improve clinical practice.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5 6 30%
Test 1 2 3 4 5 30%
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 7 40%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.

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