Wildlife Health

An advanced course that focuses on the application of veterinary pathology, epidemiology and clinical science to the detection and management of disease in wildlife. It includes supervised practical experience, directed reading, detailed case studies and seminar presentations.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



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).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Veterinary Science

Course planning information

Expected prior learning

To enrol in this course students must hold an approved veterinary degree.


Choose just one

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

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 zoo animal and wildlife 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 zoo animals and wildlife.
  • 3 Accurately interpret diagnostic and pathologic findings, relate them systematically to the principles of zoo animals and wildlife physiology, pathophysiology, nutrition and husbandry and identify common zoo animals and wildlife diseases.
  • 4 Apply systematic knowledge and problem solving strategies to prioritise conditions in individual or collections of zoo animals and captive wildlife 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 collections of zoo animals and captive wildlife 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 7 33%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 34%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 1 2 3 4 5 6 33%

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.

Course delivery details

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