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Veterinary Students
Information Booklet
Section 1
Welcome by the College Principal ................... 1

Section 2
Structure of the College and School..................................................................................... 2

Section 3
Standards of Professional Conduct Expected from Veterinary Students..................................... 7

Section 4
The Veterinary Course...................................................................................................... 12

Section 5
Assessment and Academic Progress for Veterinary Science.................................................... 18

Section 6
Unit Coordinators............................................................................................................. 24

Section 7
Academic Advisors, Student Health and Wellbeing.............................................................. 27

Section 8
Academic Teaching Staff Profiles........................................................................................ 29

Section 9
Murdoch Veterinary Students Association (MVSA)............................................................... 42

Section 10
Veterinary Trust Ambassadors............................................................................................ 44

Section 11
Prizes............................................................................................................................. 45

Section 12
Veterinary Alumni............................................................................................................ 48

Section 13
Computer Access for Students........................................................................................... 49

Section 14
Important Information...................................................................................................... 50

Section 15
Safety and Security Arrangements..................................................................................... 52
The purpose of this booklet is to provide you with information that is specific to the
College of Veterinary Medicine.

Additional information is on the Schools web site at

You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with the Universitys Degree Regulations which are
detailed in the Murdoch University Handbook 2016.

Remember that staff members are here to help you and if you require any assistance, please ask!


Integrity and Excellence in Veterinary Science


To promote and integrate the health, welfare and productivity of animals,

people and environment through partnership in Education enabling
graduates lifelong professional success; Research engaging national
and international stakeholders in impactful discovery and innovation, and;
Clinical Service advancing excellence in veterinary science through
leadership in the community and the profession
Section 1
Welcome from the College Principal
Whether you are just degree structure. As staff we are looking forward
commencing the Veterinary to delivering this new program, whilst at the
Program, or whether you same time ensuring that the BSc/BVMS is fully and
are a continuing student, properly resourced.
I welcome you on behalf
of Murdoch University and We strive to provide the very best veterinary course
the staff of the College of possible and we solicit your feedback in a number
Veterinary Medicine to your year of study as a of ways, especially in the teaching and unit surveys
veterinary student in 2016. I would also like to that you receive each semester. These are reviewed
take this opportunity to acknowledge that we by the unit coordinators, individual teachers and
gather and study here on the lands of the Whadjuk by the Curriculum Committee, and changes are
Noongar people. I pay respect to their enduring made where deemed necessary. However, as part
and dynamic culture and the leadership of the of our accreditation requirements (and generally
Noongar elders both past and present. The country for good governance) we are also obliged to seek
on which Murdoch University is located has, for suggestions, comments and collect complaints
thousands of years, been a place of learning. We at from our students related to the standards for
Murdoch are proud to continue this long tradition. accreditation:

As veterinary students, you are continuing (

another fine tradition that extends back just over Education/Accreditation/Colleges/Pages/coe-pp-
thirty years and that has produced over 2,000 requirements-of-accredited-college.aspx). We do
veterinarians who have made their mark in many this at the end of the year by using an anonymous
ways within the veterinary profession, the scientific survey for each year cohort. Last year we reverted
community, and in the public arena; locally, to a paper-based survey, with an excellent
nationally and internationally. Veterinarians are response rate, so we will continue this way.
held in high esteem as respected members of We welcome your constructive feedback.
society, the foundations of which are built during
This edition of the Veterinary Students Information
the years of undergraduate study.
Booklet contains everything you need to know
This is an important year for us in July we receive about the Veterinary Program, including whom to
a full site visit by a national and international team contact if you need help. Please take a few minutes
representing the AVMA, AVBC, and RCVS. These to scan through it to familiarize yourself with its
visitors will be looking to reaccredit the BSc/BVMS content.
and to accredit our new BSc/DVM. Some of you
I would like to you wish you an interesting,
will be involved in meeting these visitors, so please
fulfilling and fruitful year of study ahead. Please
be sure to seek out your representatives.
remember that its not all about work, so try to
During the next three years we will continue the make time for yourself as well, become involved in
transition between the current BSc/BVMS course College and University life, and enjoy the company
to an integrated BSc (Vet Biol) and Doctor of and the support of friends and loved ones.
Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and will see the first
With best wishes
cohort graduate in 2018. The DVM is actually
a Masters level degree (AQF9 to use the jargon) Peter Irwin
that has been developed from our BSc/BVMS

Section 2
Structure of the College of Veterinary Medicine
Principal Professor Peter Irwin

Academic Chair for BSC Associate Professor John Bolton

Academic Chair for BVMS & DVM Associate Professor Guy Lester

Veterinary Program Director Associate Professor Pete Irons

(scheduled to arrive 2016)

PA to Principal of College of Veterinary Medicine Ms Carolyn Hilton, Room No. 2 VSB Level 2.
Telephone : 9360 2636,

School Administrative Officer Mrs Lian Chan, Room 1 VSB Level 2

Telephone: 9360 2428
Email :
Academic Support Officer Ms Frankie De Rousie, Room 1 VSB Level 2
Telephone: 9360 7349
Email :
Student Placement Officer Ms Claire McNaughton, VSB Level 2
Telephone ; 9360 2653
Student Placement Officer/ Administrative Mrs Christine Foulkes, Room VCS 1.095
Assistant Telephone : 9360 2581
Email :

Academic Support Officer Ms Gillian Faller VSB Level 2

Telephone : 9360 6869
Email :

College Committees
The College has a number of committees some of which have elected student representation:

The College Board

The Curriculum Committee

Student Administration
The Student Centre in Bush Court is the first place to visit to get answers to your questions, as well
as for making payments to the cashier.

Domestic students

International students
Opening Hours Friday 8.30am 4.30pm

(Closed Thursday 8.30am 9.30am for training)

Where Chancellery Building Level 2 (Carpark 3)

Additionally there are useful links, information and contacts available online through My Info.

Library subject support for the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Jean Coleman is the Subject Librarian for the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. Jean is in the
University Library on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and can be contacted by email j.coleman@ or on x7278. Her office is ECL Room 2.032 (which is accessed via South Wing
Level 2 of the Library) but she will be in the Veterinary Library from 9.30 -12.30 on alternate
Tuesdays, starting on March 1, 2016.

Structure of the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (VLS)
Dean of VLS Professor David Hampson
Deputy Dean Associate Professor Phil Nicholls
Associate Dean Learning and Teaching Associate Professor Mike Calver
Associate Dean Research Professor Giles Hardy
School Manager Mrs Fiona Feist
Technical Resources Manager Ms Marilyn Davies
Student, Teaching & Research Support Manager Mr Ryan Liang
VLS Operations Coordinator Ms Tonya Parry
PA to the Dean of VLS Miss Sarah Gillett
Telephone No. 9360 2488

The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (VLS) was formed in January 2013 from an
amalgamation of the Schools of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, Biological Sciences and
Biotechnology, and Environmental Science, and. The combination of these individually strong areas
has resulted in a new and enlarged School with major strengths in research and teaching across
the whole of the life sciences. The School is well resourced with research and teaching facilities,
and hosts a number of research groups and centres across the disciplines of;

College of Veterinary Medicine

Agricultural and Fisheries Sciences
Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Molecular and Biomedical Sciences

VLS School Committees

The School has a number of committees some of which have elected student representation:

School Board
School Learning and Teaching Committee
School Research Committee
Board of Examiners

Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education
Continuing education is available for veterinary To encourage long term association with
practitioners through the Centre for Advanced the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.
Veterinary Education (CAVE), which sits within Increase student awareness of CAVE
The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at following graduation.
Murdoch University.
Why get involved?
Vision: Advanced Veterinary Education for
Personal growth and leadership
every practitioner
Mission: To provide veterinary practitioners Recognition on your Developmental
with educational advancement opportunities Transcript.
that engage with research excellence and Become part of the CAVE Team
best practice initiatives for the good of their
Opportunities to develop networks within
profession, their clientele and the community.
the veterinary industry.
CAVE provides veterinary practitioners with Gain a better understanding of Continuing
evidence-based educational advancement Education in Australia
opportunities through the provision of current
research data, by world class presenters, What do I have to do?
using varied delivery mediums and an array Work with the CAVE Office to select
of flexible continuing education programs. projects and activities for the year.
Opportunities exist in 2016 for students to Volunteer for a minimum of 40 hours per
become involved with CAVE through our year.
Student Ambassador Program.
Complete a timesheet and a brief report
which needs to be submitted to the CAVE
Centre for Advanced Veterinary Office before mid-November.
Education Ambassador Program
As a CAVE Ambassador you will actively
contribute to CAVE offerings through your
The Centre for Advanced Veterinary Education involvement with events, promotions,
would like to invite you to apply for the CAVE administration and the Vet College in general.
Ambassador Program 2016.
More information on CAVE offerings can be
Objectives of the Centre for Advanced found at
Veterinary Education Ambassador program
For more information about our CAVE
Provide students with exposure to the Ambassador Program in 2016, please call
veterinary industry. 9360 6342 or email
Enable students the opportunity to further
develop personal and interpersonal skills
To provide a platform for student
participants to gain experience in
administration, promotions and event

Murdoch University Veterinary Trust support of generous individuals, veterinarians,
and companies, the Trust provides equipment,
With the support of generous individuals staffing, educational support and student
and organisations the Murdoch University scholarships and prizes.
Veterinary Trust makes strategic investments in
the College of Veterinary Medicine to promote If you would like further information, please
international excellence in veterinary science. contact the Vet Trust telephone: 9360 2731.

The Trust is a tax deductible gift recipient and

raises funds to support cutting-edge research,
world-class veterinary education and excellent
clinical care through the teaching hospital
and College of Veterinary Medicine. With the

Section 3
Standards of Professional (ii) Small animal clinic Clean and tidy
professional dress plus neatly ironed,
Conduct Expected from buttoned up blue clinic coat or Murdoch
Veterinary Students shirt; closed footwear. Long hair should be
tied back. Shoes should be polished.
In addition to observing the highest standards
(iii) Small animal surgeries Scrub suits plus
of academic behaviour (refer to: http://our.
surgical accessories; Long hair should be
tied back.
students undertaking training in veterinary (iv) Large animal surgery Scrub suits plus
science are additionally expected to meet surgical accessories; Long hair should be
standards pertaining to professionalism as the tied back.
first steps in the lifelong practice of appropriate (v) Ambulatory and farm visits Each
conduct expected of members of the veterinary student will be required to be presentably
profession. These requirements apply to all dressed and have two pairs of clean green
students undertaking their professional training overalls and work boots; Boots should be
both on campus (eg, the Veterinary Farm and cleaned before leaving the farm. Long hair
the Clinic) and off campus (eg, undertaking should be tied back.
extramural practical experience on farms or (vi) Name tags Please refer to Section 14
at veterinary practices and visiting facilities (Safety and Security Arrangements Name
during Clinical Rotations). The following is also Tags) for further information.
applicable to students on clinical rotations who
accompany Murdoch University staff on visits to Specific workplace attire and equipment
clients properties. such as clinic coats, stethoscopes, scrub
suits, lab coats and overalls should not be
General Appearance, worn outside of the veterinary workplace,
whether on campus or off campus, and
Behaviour and Dress especially not to the university refectory.
These requirements serve 3 major purposes:
A student may be refused participation in or
(i) safety to animal and animal handler; be asked to retire from the work area if, in the
(ii) hygiene and precautions against cross opinion of the staff member, the student is
infection; endangering their safety, the animal or other
staff and students. Similarly, a student may not
(iii) to present a favourable image to the clients participate if professional standards are not
of the University Clinics and to clients of maintained in the presence of clients.
co- operating Veterinarians.
The College operates a number of practices to
The following standards must be observed: acquire clinical material for teaching purposes.
(i) Handling large animals/large animal
clinic Clean green overalls and protective The College appreciates patronage of its Clinics
footwear (excludes all open toe footwear). and it is essential that everyone in contact with
Green overalls can be ordered through the the clients be pleasant and efficient in their
MVSA or obtained by request from Work dealings with clients.
Clobber, Stock Road, OConnor. Long hair
Clients expect from staff and students a neat
should be tied back.
and tidy appearance and behaviour fitting a

professional person at all times. This includes Obligation of Professional
having neatly groomed hair (tied back if long)
and, for male students, being clean-shaven or
having a neatly trimmed beard/ moustache. Veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary
students must regard as confidential ANY
Students will be expected to behave in
information concerning any animals they
a responsible, professional manner at all
care for, obtained from the owner, or from
times, whether working on or off campus.
examination of the animal itself. Such
Confidentiality is very important, and is covered
information, therefore, should not be divulged
separately. Students not involved in clinic work
to a third party except with the owners
must seek permission from the senior academic
consent unless required to do so in a court of
in charge of the clinic area before entering.
law or because of an obligation to do so under
For example, students should seek permission
an Act of Parliament, eg the Stock Diseases
before entering a ward area, diagnostic
Regulations Act. or Freedom of Information or
imaging, or showing visitors through the clinic.
other legislation.
Unauthorised photographs or video recordings
are not permitted to be taken of any animal Veterinary students should, therefore, acquire
or facility, either on or off campus. Sound the habit of respecting the clients right to
recordings of client consultations, either in the confidentiality from the onset. Information
clinic or on clients properties, are not to be regarding a case is not to be divulged to
taken. Students should ask permission to take ANYONE, including the client, without the
case notes other than those taken as part of the permission of the clinician in charge of
formal client interview process. Failure to abide the case. It is difficult to achieve this in the
by these rules may result in the student being teaching situation unless it is accepted that
asked to retire from the work area. staff and students of the School are able
to exchange information and opinions (for
It is important that students work under
example, in rounds discussions or classes),
the supervision of staff. Since staff take the
knowing that all concerned have subscribed to
responsibility for students actions it is essential
this ethical constraint.
that if students are not clear on their task they
should ask a staff member.
Animal Welfare and Professional
The primary concern of the veterinary Conduct Issues
profession is the welfare of animals. Any
negligence or cruelty in this area is inexcusable Students who are participating in activities
and will be dealt with severely. Students must outside of the University should be aware
fulfill their obligations to animals in their care that protocols and procedures are in place to
with sensitivity for the feelings of both the address any concerns that the student may have
animals and their owners or attendants. in relation to animal welfare or the conduct
of veterinarians, whether employed by the
The use of mobile phones/tablets (texting, University or acting as external supervisors.
taking and making calls) during professional For students undertaking activities under the
training on and off campus is strictly direction of the Production Animal Health and
prohibited. If a mobile phone is required for Management (PAHM) service the following
medical reasons or a personal emergency, pertains:
permission to use the phone must be sought
from supervisors.

There are strict confidentiality requirements Clinical Duties
associated with the privilege of attending
clients animals on clients properties that Assigned clinical duties are not optional
must be adhered to at all times. Exclusion activities; they must be carried out as
from the course may apply for serious required without regard to the time of
breaches of confidentiality; day. Such activities are always under the
Issues pertaining to animal welfare are supervision of a staff member and if there
always taken seriously by PAHM staff and is any uncertainty about a procedure the
students are encouraged to raise them; student should ask the supervisor. Proper
operation of the Veterinary Clinics demands
PAHM staff are the most appropriate
dependability, punctuality, self-control and
people with whom the students should
sensitivity. Students need to acquire a pleasant
discuss animal welfare issues and PAHM
and considerate manner towards both clients
staff will always follow the appropriate
and their animals and to communicate
channels to deal with the issues that are
clearly. Given a conscientious and responsible
attitude, the student can work to develop his
Students are under no circumstances to or her clinical prowess.
raise concerns directly with the client;
If there is any follow up to a question or
concern that a student has raised regarding
animal welfare, students will be kept well
informed of the progress of the query;
It is vital that Murdoch PAHM staff
maintains a working relationship with
production animal clients and that the best
opportunity to change an unfavourable
welfare situation is facilitated by ongoing
contact between PAHM staff and the client.

Students who have concerns about animal

welfare issues or the professional conduct
of veterinarians during external placements,
including both farm and veterinary placements,
should report these concerns to the relevant
unit coordinator or Academic Chair. The
coordinator, after discussion with student,
may pass on complaints to the relevant Animal
Ethics committee and notify the student of
their decision. If the student believes that the
course coordinator has not addressed their
concerns they should contact the either the
College Principal or the Research Ethics Office
in writing.

Policy on Use of It is also unacceptable to post inappropriate,
potentially defamatory comments about staff,
Social Networking Sites
fellow students, the College, or the School on
Social media sites are part of a collaborative social networking sites. Breaches may constitute
self-generating medium that allows the misconduct under the Student Discipline
community to develop and therefore must Regulations and could result in suspension or
respect the community. With this in mind, it cancellation of enrolment.
is important to be aware that anything you
It is highly inappropriate and unprofessional
publish on a social networking site becomes
to publish any audiovisual material relating to
public property (even if it is restricted to
procedures that the general public may find
just your friends). It also is important for
confronting or could be misconstrued as a
all students to remember that they have
form of animal abuse. You must not, without
the privilege of belonging to the veterinary
permission, take or use images of animals,
profession and therefore should act in an
other than your own, obtain any photographic,
appropriate responsible manner at all times.
video or audio, or make any comments about
It is unacceptable for students to post photos people that may embarrass, be misinterpreted
and/or text on social networking pages that or be taken out of context. It is a privilege to
potentially put fellow students, the School and work with animals for their care and welfare
College, our supporters and our clients at risk. and to be allowed to accompany professionals
in their daily work so it is important to respect
Breaches of the policy that could potentially that privilege.
come to the attention of the Western Australian
Veterinary Surgeons Board and the Australian Please note that the inappropriate use of social
Veterinary Association include: networking sites in this way is likely to result
in reduced availability of external training
Unauthorised photos, videos or audio opportunities and loss of caseload for students.
recordings of animals and clients of the It could also result in legal action, loss of clients
Murdoch Veterinary Teaching Hospital. and significant loss of reputation for you and
Unauthorised photos, videos or audio your school/college.
recordings of animals and procedures
These requirements apply to all students
obtained whilst on visits to veterinary
undertaking their professional training both on
campus (eg, the Veterinary Farm and the Clinic)
Unauthorised photos, videos or audio and off campus (eg, undertaking extramural
recordings from practical classes and practical experience on farms or at veterinary
clinical rotations that are out of context and practices and visiting facilities during Clinical
do not reflect our mission to maximize the Rotations or Streaming units).
health and welfare of animals.
Unauthorised photos, videos or audio The above is also applicable to students on
recordings images of people and animals clinical rotations who accompany Murdoch
from farm placements. University staff on visits to clients properties.

Text containing inappropriate comments

about veterinarians, clients, staff, students
and farmers.

Policy on Plagiarism, Cheating University Policy on
and Academic Misconduct Conscientious Objection
Murdoch University has clear guidelines on The University recognises that some students
matters of academic misconduct and these may have a conscientious belief that is in
issues are taken very seriously indeed. As conflict with teaching and/or assessment
noted previously, the Veterinary Profession practices in units in which they enrol. This
itself is governed by standards of professional includes, but is not limited to, the use of
behaviour which, despite varying slightly animals in some units of the Veterinary Course.
between countries and jurisdictions, all
essentially aim to uphold a code of behaviour Students who encounter a conscientious
that is expected within the profession and difficulty with a teaching or assessment practice
by members of the public. It would be well can find the University Policy on Conscientious
worth your while to visit the universitys Objection in the University Handbook or on the
website pertaining to proper academic relevant web page of the Universitys Campus-
conduct ( Wide Information Service. The latter can be
StudentDisciplineRegulations). Examples of accessed through workstations in any of the
academic misconduct include copying other University computer laboratories.
peoples work, including information found in
journals or on the Internet (plagiarism), and Students identifying a conscientious difficulty
during tests, whether these be in practical should draw this to the attention of the Unit
classes, small group teaching, or the formal Coordinator as early as possible, preferably
setting of an examination. Please be advised before the start of the unit or in the first 3
that cheating of any sort will not be tolerated weeks of semester, so there is time to make any
and if you are caught you risk penalties that necessary arrangements. If the difficulty is in a
may include expulsion from the course. It future semester, or is systemic to the program,
is simply not worth it, so please maintain this should be discussed with the School Dean
the highest levels of academic integrity, as or College Principal as early as possible.
is expected of all university students, and
especially those undertaking a professional
training like the veterinary program. Refer to
Section 4 Dishonesty in Assessment for further

Section 4
The Veterinary Course Waardong, The Professional
Enabling-Program for Aboriginal and
For more than thirty years Murdoch Universitys
professional veterinary degree has been the Torres Strait Islander People
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
This Unit, established in 1989, aims to
(BVMS). Commencing in 2015, the School of
facilitate the veterinary training of Indigenous
Veterinary and Life Sciences is replacing the
students. To date, it has graduated seventeen
BVMS with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinarians. For more information see the
(DVM), a Masters-level (AQF9) degree.
Waardong entry in the University Access
Therefore, between 2015 and 2018, we are
Courses section of the Handbook, or contact
in the unique and somewhat unprecedented
Associate Professor Anne Barnes or Mr Bob
position of teaching the veterinary program
Greening. Telephone: 9360 2218. Room
with two degree courses. In order to maintain
VCS2.023 Email:
professional recognition of our veterinary
degrees, the general content of both degrees
is similar and is carefully designed to meet the Waardong Programme
standards required by our accrediting bodies,
9360 2218
but the new BSc/DVM program has additional
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
requirements including, for example, a research
Murdoch Room VCS 2.023
project that is conducted in the latter part of
the course.
Animal Use in
These are exciting times for the College of
Veterinary Medicine and the staff are taking
the Veterinary Course
the opportunity afforded by the adoption of Students are advised that Veterinary Science is
this new degree to review and modernize the an animal-based course. Students are required
teaching material. Students within each course, to participate in practical work involving live
the BVMS and the DVM, should be reassured animals, dead animals and/or fresh tissues from
that maintaining excellence in teaching and, dead animals throughout the course. All use of
above all, the national and international animals for teaching purposes is approved by
accreditation of our veterinary program, is at the University Animal Ethics Committee and
the heart of every decision pertaining to both complies with the National Health and Medical
degrees. You should not think of one of these Research Councils Australian Code of Practice
degrees as being superior or better than for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific
the other, they are just different, and both Purposes.
will provide you with an accreditable degree
to practice your chosen profession, wherever
that may take you. If you have any questions
or concerns then please direct them to the
respective Academic Chairs or to the Principal
of the College

Veterinary Science 5-year year of research work in some aspect of
veterinary biology, leading to an honours
Veterinary Course (BSc, degree. It is, however, expected that most
BVMS) students will proceed directly into the final two
and half years to complete the BVMS in the
(Course Code: B1058) minimum time.
2014 was the last year that students enrolled
in the 1st year of the veterinary-specific part Course Structure 60 credit points
of the BSc/BVMS course. A degree of Bachelor Part II 60 credit points
of Science (Veterinary Biology) is granted after Core Units 60 credit points
the successful completion of 2 years of study, Year 1
and is a pre-requisite for entry into the BVMS
component of the course. Upon completion
of both degrees, the Bachelor of Veterinary Year 2
Medicine and Surgery is awarded.
Detailed information and timetables for
individual units will be available on the Year 3 Semester 1
Learning Management System. VET345 Veterinary Pharmacology
4 pts Murdoch: S1-internal
Veterinary Science (BSc, BVMS) VET343 Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology
4 pts Murdoch: S1-internal
Course Code B1058
VET442 Animal Systems III
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
3 pts Murdoch: S1-internal
Credit Points for Course: 120
VET429 Veterinary Professional Life III
1 pts Murdoch: S1-internal
Veterinary Biology (BSc)
Academic Chair: Associate Professor John
The Veterinary Biology degree encompasses
both normal and abnormal aspects of
vertebrate structure and function. The first
and second years, which will not be offered
in 2016, have comprised units that cover
animal development, structure, function and
metabolism; units in the second year and the
first half of the third year cover general aspects
of the causes and nature of disease and its

A degree of Bachelor of Science is awarded

after successful completion of two and a half
years of Part II studies. For those interested in
research, it is a basis for an extra sidestep

Applied Veterinary Medicine (BVMS) Semester 2
VET452 Small Animal Medicine 4 pts
Academic Chair: Murdoch: S2-internal
Associate Professor Guy Lester
VET455 Cattle and Camelid Medicine,
A further two and a half years of study in Production and Surgery 3 pts Murdoch:
Applied Veterinary Medicine leads to a degree S2-internal
of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
VET419 Small Ruminant Medicine and
(BVMS) which is a registrable veterinary
Production 2 pts Murdoch: S2-internal
VET451 Intensive Industries Medicine and
This part of the course is directed towards the Production 2 pts Murdoch: S2-internal
acquisition of knowledge and skills required to Year 5
diagnose, prevent and treat disease in animals
VET538 Veterinary Professional Life V
and to optimise animal health and productivity.
- 6 points MURDOCH: Y2-internal
Course Structure 60 credit points VET585 Small Animal Practice I - 3 points
Part II 60 credit points Core Units 60 MURDOCH: YM-internal
credit points VET586 Small Animal Practice II - 3 points
MURDOCH: YM-internal
Year 3 Semester 2
VET587 Production Animal, Public Health,
VET459 Surgical Secrets 3 pts Murdoch: Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical) Core Clinical
S2-internal Rotation - 3 points MURDOCH: YM-internal
VET456 Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical VET590 Equine Practice, After-Hours and
Care 3 pts Murdoch: S2-internal Diagnostic Imaging - 3 points MURDOCH:
VET462 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 3 pts YM-internal
Murdoch: S2-internal
Plus one of the following:
VET461 General Small Animal Practice 3 pts
Murdoch: S2-internal VET543 Advanced Topics in Equine Practice
- 6 points MURDOCH: S2-internal
Year 4 Full Year
VET542 Advanced Topics in Mixed Animal
VET457 Small Animal Surgery 3 pts
Practice - 6 points MURDOCH: S2-internal
Murdoch: YM-internal
VET546 Advanced Topics in Veterinary
VET463 Reproduction and Obstetrics 3 pts
Science - 6 points MURDOCH: S2-internal
Murdoch: YM-nternal
VET545 Advanced Topics in Wildlife,
VET454 Equine Practice 4 pts Murdoch:
Zoological and Conservation Medicine
- 6 points MURDOCH: S2-internal
VET451 Intensive Industries Medicine and
VET541 Advanced Topics in Small Animal
Production 2 pts Murdoch: YM-internal
Practice - 6 points MURDOCH: S2-internal
Semester 1
VET544 Advanced Topics in Production
VET453 Avian, Exotic Pet and Wildlife Practice Animal Practice - 6 points MURDOCH:
2 pts Murdoch: S1-internal S2-internal
VET458 Veterinary Professional Life IV 1 pts
Murdoch: S1-internal

Veterinary Science (BSc, DVM) Course Structure - 72 credit points
Part I - 24 credit points
(Course Code: B1330)
Year 1 - 24 credit points
All students commencing either first year or
second year veterinary studies in 2016 will be Transition Unit - 3 credit points
enrolled in this course. A degree of Bachelor BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students
of Science (Veterinary Biology) is granted after - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external,
the successful completion of the first part of S2-internal, S2-external
the course. which is a pre-requisite for entry
Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points
to the DVM component of the course. Upon
completion of both degrees, the Doctor of BSC150 What is Science? - 3 points
Veterinary Medicine is awarded. Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal,
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of
Core Units - 18 credit points
Veterinary Medicine (BSc/DVM)
ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body
Course Structure - 144 credit points - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal
BSc (Veterinary Biology) CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
Academic Chair: Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal,
Associate Professor John Bolton S2-external
(Students achieving at least 60 percent in WACE
The Veterinary Biology degree encompasses
Chemistry will be exempt from this unit BUT
both normal and abnormal aspects of
must select another Part I unit in its place.)
vertebrate structure and function. The first
year comprises units that introduce the ANS101 Introduction to Livestock Science - 3
scientific process, analysis of data and the points Murdoch: S2-internal, SUM-internal UA6
structure and function of the animal body; (Incoming students who have not completed
units in the second year include information on this unit MUST take this unit in the Summer
animal development, structure, function and teaching period, prior to entering second year.)
metabolism, and the principles of infectious BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and
disease; units in the third year cover general Function - 3 points Murdoch: S2-internal
aspects of the causes and nature of disease
and its control, nutrition and toxicology, animal BIO152 Foundations of Cell and Molecular
welfare and ethics, and an introduction to Biology - 3 points Murdoch: S2-internal
anaesthesia, surgery and clinical practice. MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
Murdoch: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal,
A degree of Bachelor of Science (Veterinary S2-external
Biology) is awarded after successful completion
of two years of Part II studies. It is a basis for
an extra side-step year of research work in
some aspect of veterinary biology, leading to
an honours degree. However, it is expected
that most students will proceed directly into
the final two years to complete the DVM in the
minimum time (5 years).

Part II - 48 credit points Year 3 24 credit points
Year 2 - 24 credit points Core Units - 24 credit points
Core Units - 24 credit points VET375 Processes in Animal Disease
VET260 Veterinary Animal Structure and - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal
Function I - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal
VET380 Veterinary Nutrition and Animal
(quota of 110 places)
Toxicology - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal
VET271 Veterinary Animal Structure and
Function II - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal VET331 Introduction to Clinical Practice
(quota of 110 places) - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal
VET272 Comparative Mammalian
Biochemistry - 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal VET333 Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- 3 points Murdoch: S1-internal
VET273 Veterinary Animal Structure and
Function III - 3 points Murdoch: S2-internal VET377 Systemic Pathology and Medicine
(quota of 110 places) - 6 points Murdoch: S2-internal
VET210 Veterinary Professional Life I
-3 points Murdoch: Y-internal VET392 One Health - 3 points Murdoch:
VET274 Veterinary Animal Structure and
Function IV - 3 points Murdoch: S2-internal VET301 Principles of Surgery and Anaesthesia
(quota of 110 places) 3 points Murdoch: S2-internal
VET211 Principles of Infectious Diseases I -
Veterinary Microbiology - 3 points Murdoch:
VET278 Principles of Infectious Diseases II -
Veterinary Parasitology - 3 points Murdoch:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Year 5 - 36 credit points
Core Units - 36 credit points
A further 6 trimesters of study over two years VET6XX Small Animal Practice - 6 points
leads to a Masters level degree of Doctor - NA 2016
of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) which is a VET6XX Equine Practice, After-Hours and
registrable veterinary qualification. Diagnostic Imaging - 3 points - NA 2016
VET6XX Production Animal, Public Health,
The latter years are directed to the development
Pathology (Anatomical and Clinical) Core
of professional attributes and research skills, the
Clinical Rotation - 3 points - NA 2016
acquisition of knowledge and skills required to
diagnose, prevent and treat disease in animals VET6XX Veterinary Professional Life III
and to optimise animal health and productivity. - 12 points - NA 2016
The contents of these units are still under
development and the unit codes (currently all Plus one of the following:
VET6XX) will be confirmed during 2016. VET6XX Advanced Topics in Small Animal
Practice - 9 points
Course Structure - 72 credit points
VET6XX Advanced Topics in Mixed Animal
Year 4 - 36 credit points Practice - 9 points
Core Units - 36 credit points VET6XX Advanced Topics in Equine Practice
VET6XX Veterinary Professional Life II - 9 points
- 6 points - NA 2016 VET6XX Advanced Topics in Production
(This unit to be completed over year 1 and year Animal Practice - 9 points
2 of the DVM with 3 points taken each year) VET6XX Advanced Topics in Wildlife,
VET6XX Bovine Health and Management Zoological and Conservation Medicine
- 4 points - NA 2016 - 9 points
VET6XX Small Ruminant Health and VET6XX Advanced Topics in Veterinary
Management - 3 points - NA2016 Science 9 points
VET6XX Pigs and poultry Health and
Management - 2 points - NA 2016
VET6XX Theriogenology - 3 points
- NA 2016
VET6XX Equine Practice - 4 points - NA 2016
VET6XX Companion Animal Practice
- 6 points - NA 2016
VET6XX Emergency and Critical care
- 3 points - NA 2016
VET6XX Avian, wildlife and zoo medicine
- 2 points - NA 2016
VET6XX Transition to Clinical Practice
- 6 points - NA 2016

Section 5
Assessment and Academic students in accordance with additional
specific course rules.
Progress for Veterinary 2 The Board of Examiners retains discretion
Science (B1058 and B1330) to vary outcomes in borderline cases, with
due consideration being given to:
University Rules and Regulations (i) any extenuating circumstances that may
have affected a students performance
Students within the Bachelor of Science in during the program, eg illness;
Veterinary Biology, the BVMS and DVM
(ii) evidence of improvement or deterioration
degrees are required to comply with the
in a students performance during the
Rules and Regulations as determined by the
University. These can be found on the web
under University Legislation at: http://www. 3 The deliberations and minutes of Board of Examiners meetings are confidential to
members of the Board.
In particular, students should consult the
Coursework Regulations at the above website, Approved Leave (Intermission of Study/
and the course descriptions in the online Suspension of Study)
Handbook. Due to the nature of the course, the high
demand for places, and restrictions on facilities
Appeals and staff at several points in the program of
study, approved leave/intermission of study
Details of procedures for appeals, for example, must be approved by the Academic Chair
against unit grades or course exclusion are and usually will be permitted only under
available at: exceptional medical or personal circumstances
University-Secretarys-Office/Governance- that may require supporting documentation.
Applications must be made on the Approved
Leave/Intermission of Study form available
Dishonesty in Assessment from
The University regards most seriously any acts
Intermission-of-Study.doc; and require the
of dishonesty relating to assessment.
approval of the Academic Chair.
Information on Dishonesty in Assessment can
Refer to
be found in the Murdoch University Handbook
or on the assessment policies website (refer

College of Veterinary Medicine Board of

1 The Board of Examiners considers and
approves the current examination results
of undergraduate students in the light of
each students overall performance, and
determines the academic progress of the

The following specific considerations apply Academic Progress: B1058 (BSc/
to B1058 (BSc/BVMS) and B1330 (BSc/DVM)
BVMS) and B1330 (BSc/DVM)

Veterinary students considering As well as the University wide rules on

intermission/approved leave must discuss academic progression, the College of Veterinary
their intentions with the relevant Academic Medicine has the following additional specific
Chair before submitting an application. course progress rules.
Intermission/approved leave usually is
Full-Time study
considered only if there are medical or
personal circumstances sufficient to warrant Study in both B1058 (BSc/BVMS) and B1330
it. In the case of requests for intermission/ (BSc/DVM) can be undertaken only on a full-
approved leave for the full academic year, time basis. Part-time study is not permitted,
applications should be made before 31st except in the case of students admitted with
January of the year in which intermission/ advanced standing or who are repeating a unit.
approved leave is sought. For B1330 full-time study means 12 points
each semester or trimester. For B1058 full-time
For intermission/approved leave
means 24 points per year.
applications on medical or personal
grounds, the Academic Chair may request Progression between years
the applicant to provide supporting
documentation from a medical practitioner Students enrolled in B1330 must successfully
or student counsellor. complete all required Part I units in the first
year of the BSc (Veterinary Biology) course, at
Intermission/approved leave should be the first attempt, to be guaranteed progression
granted only to students who are in into the second year.
good academic standing, having made
satisfactory progress in all components B1330 students will not be permitted to enter
of the veterinary units in which they the DVM component of the course until they
were enrolled at the time of applying for have competed all units and unit components
intermission/approved leave. from the BSc (Veterinary Biology), or equivalent,
Students who have been granted and are eligible for award of the BSc.
intermission/approved leave must notify the
Chair of the College of Veterinary Medicine B1058 students will not be permitted to enter
Admissions Committee of the intention to the BVMS component of the course until they
re-enrol no later than 31st October in the have completed all units and unit components
year before the planned return to study. from the BSc (Veterinary Biology), or equivalent,
This notification must include an assurance and are eligible for award of the BSc.
that the circumstances that necessitated
B1058 and B1330 students will not be eligible
their intermission/approved leave will no
to enter the final year of the veterinary course
longer be an issue. Where appropriate,
without passing or having advanced standing
medical or other documentation may be
for all units comprising the previous years of
the veterinary course.
Students may take intermission/approved
leave) for a maximum of two years
(four semesters or six trimesters), taken
consecutively or otherwise, during the BSc/
BVMS or BSc/DVM degree course.

Unit Fails and Withdrawals Students failing units, withdrawing from units
In B1058 and the BSc component of the or obtaining retrospective withdrawal from
B1330, students may fail no more than one units but NOT taking a period of intermission/
unit in each year set of units (that is, the units approved leave must maintain the following
normally undertaken in each calendar year of minimal academic progression:
the course under standard full-time enrolment), i. Students must complete the 2nd and
regardless of whether these are completed 3rd years of the BSc in 3 or less calendar
in the same calendar year. Students who years.
fail more than one unit from any year set of
ii. Students must complete the BVMS/DVM
units, or who fail more than one unit in any
component of the veterinary course in 4
one calendar year, will be excluded from the
or less calendar years.
B1058 and B1330 students taking a period of
In the DVM component of B1330, students
intermission/approved leave must maintain the
may fail up to two units in each year set of
following minimal academic progression:
units (that is, the units normally undertaken
in each calendar year of the course under i. Students must complete the 2nd and
standard full-time enrolment), regardless of 3rd years of the BSc in 4 or less calendar
whether these are completed in the same years, including any period(s) of
calendar year. Students who fail more than two intermission/approved leave.
units from any year set of units, or who fail ii. Students must complete the BVMS/DVM
more than two units in any one calendar year, component of the veterinary course in
will be excluded from the course. 4 or less calendar years, including any
period(s) of intermission/approved leave
A fail in any unit means that the unit will need
to be repeated, whilst maintaining the minimal Students can withdraw after the start of a
academic progression for completion of that teaching period, or be granted retrospective
component (see note below regarding B1058 withdrawal, from a unit only once. Students
students failing second year units in 2015). attempting a unit for the 2nd time must
Permission to overload will not be given to pass the unit at the first attempt. If a student
students who have failed a core unit. withdraws after the start of a teaching period,
or is granted retrospective withdrawal, from
Students have the option of withdrawing
the same unit a second time, they will not be
from a unit but should first discuss this
permitted a third enrolment in the unit.
with the relevant Academic Chair. Students
who withdraw after the Census Date, or Second year B1330 BSc students with
who fail a unit, can apply for retrospective advanced standing, or those repeating 2nd
withdrawal. The guidelines for unit withdrawal year units after failure, withdrawal after the
and retrospective withdrawal are at: http:// start of a teaching period, or retrospective withdrawal, may apply to the Academic Chair
study#retrospectivewithdrawal. For for permission to take one or two units from
retrospective withdrawal, medical or other the 3rd year set of units in order to maintain a
documentation will be required. balanced load.

Progression of B1058 students who
are unable to enroll in units that are
no longer offered
As a consequence of the changing degree
structure, units offered in the 2nd year of B1058
(the BSc/BVMS course) in 2015 will not be
available in 2016. Similarly, units offered in
the 3rd year in 2016, in the 4th year in 2017,
or in the 5th year in 2018 will not be offered
in the following year. Students affected by
this change, for example as the result of unit
failure or having taken intermission/approved
leave, will need to consult with the relevant
Academic Chair who will work with the student
to determine the best possible program of
study. Students may be required to enrol in
a unit or units of greater point value and
may be required to complete their study in
B1330which may have fee implications.

Waardong Additional Academic

Progress Requirements
Progress of Waardong students will be
assessed by the Board of Examiners on the
recommendation of the Special Education
Officer and the Chair of the Waardong

Award with Distinction
Students who have completed the five-year BSc/BVMS or the integrated BSc/DVM at a high
standard may be awarded their degree with Distinction or High Distinction. This is determined on
the basis of overall marks in all core units over the five-year course for the BSc/BVMS course; and
years 2 to 5 inclusive of the BSc/DVM course. The overall marks are totaled and ranked against
those of students from the preceding three graduating classes. Students in the top 10% of the
combined four years of graduates will graduate with High Distinction. Students in the next 15%
band will graduate with Distinction.

For assessment policy refer to the electronic version on the Murdoch

University website

Letter grades used for Final Grades for units which award grades (most Murdoch units):

HD High Distinction 80 to 100%

D Distinction 70 to 79%
C Credit 60 to 69%
P Pass 50 to 59%
N Fail Below 50%
DNS Fail Fail, the student failed to participate in assessment components that had a
combined weighting of 50% or more of the final mark.

Final Grades for units which only award pass/fail:

UP Ungraded pass 50% or above

N Fail Below 50%
DNS Fail Fail, the student failed to participate in assessment components that had a
combined weighting of 50% or more of the final mark.

Interim grades:

G Good standing
NA Not available
Q Deferred
SA Supplementary 45 49%*

Assignment *The award of the grade of SA shall be at the discretion of the Unit
Coordinator except where clause 11.8 applies (refer website Assessment Policy
2011 January 01).
SX Supplementary 45 49%*
*The award of the grade of SA shall be at the discretion of the Unit
Coordinator except where clause 11.8 applies (refer website Assessment Policy
2011 January 01).

Veterinary Biology Honours by Research
Students enrolled in Veterinary studies may The principal component of the Honours
apply to do an additional year of honours- program is a research project and thesis.
level studies in an aspect of veterinary science, This project is selected in consultation with
following the completion of the BSc or years the students supervisor and must have the
four or final year of the BVMS degree. approval of the Honours Sub-Committee.
Students will also be expected to undertake
Students who take this option at the completion guided reading intended to broaden their area
of their BSc in Veterinary Biology are of expertise in topics other than those directly
guaranteed a place in fourth year after they related to the specific area of the research
have completed their honours year. topic.

Honours-level studies in Veterinary Biology are In certain cases, depending upon previous
also open to students who have completed academic backgrounds and experience,
a biological science degree at a satisfactory students may be expected to attend relevant
level either at Murdoch University or other lectures and practical classes of units or unit
tertiary institution and who wish to undertake components when these are available. Two
advanced studies and gain experience in one seminars will be presented by each student
of the several disciplines in the Veterinary an introductory seminar on the thesis topic and
Biology course. These studies may be a final seminar on the project results.
undertaken on a full-time basis over one year
or on a part-time basis over two years. Further details of the Honours program and
areas of study can be found in the university
The Honours program aims to train students handbook or obtained from the Chair of the
for independent research as well as to Honours sub-Committee, Associate Professor
provide advanced or broader studies within Alan Lymbery, Fish Health Unit, Vet Farm,
the students chosen field. A wide range of Telephone : 9360 7509, email: a.lymbery@
disciplines is available for study; it includes
anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry,
embryology, histology, immunology, nutrition,
parasitology, pathology, pharmacology,
physiology, toxicology, virology and
clinical sciences.

Section 6
Unit Coordinators
The Unit coordinator should be the first person you approach if you have any questions
about a unit.

Unit Unit Title Coordinator Semester

ANS101 * Introduction to Livestock Science Michael Laurence SEMESTER 2

ANS102 * Introduction to the Animal Body Natalie Warburton SEMESTER 1

BIO152 * Foundations of Cell and Molecular Biology Graham OHara SEMESTER 2

BSC100 * Building Blocks for Science Students Alasdair Dempsey SEMESTER 1 & 2

BSC150 * What is Science? Helen Davis SEMESTER 1 & 2

BMS107 * Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function Trish Fleming SEMESTER 2

CHE140 * Fundamentals of Chemistry Kate Rowen SEMESTER 1 & 2

MAS183 * Statistical Data Analysis Doug Fletcher SEMESTER 1 & 2

EQU011 Orientation Chemistry 1 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU012 Orientation Chemistry 2 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU021 Transition to Veterinary Studies 1 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU022 Transition to Veterinary Studies 2 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU023 Transition to Veterinary Studies 3 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU024 Transition to Veterinary Studies 4 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU031 Extension to Veterinary Biology 1 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU032 Extension to Veterinary Biology 2 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU033 Extension to Veterinary Biology 3 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU034 Extension to Veterinary Biology 4 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU035 Extension to Veterinary Biology 5 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU036 Introduction to Clinical Studies Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU041 Integrated Clinical Studies 1 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU042 Integrated Clinical Studies 2 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

EQU043 Integrated Clinical Studies 3 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 1

EQU044 Integrated Clinical Studies 4 Anne Barnes SEMESTER 2

VET210 * Veterinary Professional Life I Teresa Collins FULL-YEAR

VET211 * Principles of Infectious Diseases I Veterinary Mark ODea SEMESTER 2

VET260 * Veterinary Animal Structure and Function I Khama Kelman SEMESTER 1

VET271 * Veterinary Animal Structure and Function II Fiona Anderson SEMESTER 1

VET272 * Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry David Pethick SEMESTER 1

VET273 * Veterinary Animal Structure and Function III Fiona Anderson SEMESTER 2

VET274 * Veterinary Animal Structure and Function IV Martin Cake SEMESTER 2

VET278 * Principles of Infectious Diseases II Veterinary Alan Lymbery SEMESTER 2

VET301 * Principles of Surgery and Anaesthesia Giselle Hosgood SEMESTER 2

VET331 * Introduction to Clinical Practice Tim Hyndman SEMESTER 1

VET333 * Animal Behaviour & Welfare Teresa Collins SEMESTER 1

VET343 Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology Gabriele Rossi SEMESTER 1

VET345 Veterinary Pharmacology Timothy Hyndman SEMESTER 1

VET375 * Process in Animal Disease Mandy OHara SEMESTER 1

VET377 * Systemic Pathology Medicine TBA SEMESTER 2

VET380 * Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Toxicology Caroline Jacobson SEMESTER 1

VET392 * One Health Ian Robertson SEMESTER 2

VET419 Small Ruminant Medicine and Production Dawie Blignaut SEMESTER 2

VET429 Veterinary Professional Life III David Murphy SEMESTER 1

VET442 Animal Systems III Ian Robertson SEMESTER 1

VET451 Intensive Industries Medicine and Production Mike Laurence FULL YEAR

VET452 Small Animal Medicine Mary Thompson SEMESTER 2

VET453 Avian, Exotic Pet and Wildlife Practice Kristin Warren SEMESTER 1

VET454 Equine Practice Guy Lester FULL-YEAR

VET455 Cattle and Camelid Medicine, Production and Herb Rovay SEMESTER 2
VET456 Anaesthesia, Emergency and Critical Care Anthea Raisis SEMESTER 2

VET457 Small Animal Surgery Mark Glyde FULL-YEAR

VET458 Veterinary Professional Life IV Eleanor Drynan SEMESTER 1

VET459 Surgical Secrets Giselle Hosgood SEMESTER 2

VET461 General Small Animal Practice Melinda Bell SEMESTER 2

VET462 Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Jennifer Richardson SEMESTER 2

VET463 Reproduction and Obstetrics Anne Barnes FULL-YEAR

VET538 Veterinary Professional Life V Cristy Secombe FULL-YEAR

VET541 Advanced Topics in Small Animal Practice Anthea Raisis SEMESTER 2

VET542 Advanced Topics in Mixed Animal Practice Michael Laurence SEMESTER 2

VET543 Advanced Topics in Equine Practice David Murphy SEMESTER 2

VET544 Advanced Topics in Production Animal Practice Michael Laurence SEMESTER 2

VET545 Advanced Topics in Wildlife and Conservation Lian Yeap SEMESTER 2

VET546 Advanced Topics in Veterinary Science Ian Robertson SEMESTER 2

VET585 Core Clinical Rotations Small Animal Practice I Nicole Laing FULL-YEAR

VET586 Core Clinical Rotations Small Animal Practice II Mark Glyde FULL-YEAR

VET587 Core Clinical Rotations Production Animal, Public Michael Laurence FULL-YEAR
Health, Pathology (Anat & Clinical)

VET590 Core Clinical Rotations Equine Practice, After Rachael Smith FULL-YEAR
Hours and Diagnostic Imaging

Units marked with * are in B1330 (BSc/DVM)

Units with no * are in B1058 (BSc/BVMS)

Section 7
Academic Advisors Student Advisors
Each student is assigned an academic advisor Student Advisors (SAs) are located throughout
from amongst the VLS academic staff. Advisors the University to provide support to all
for students in years four and five will normally undergraduate students, so this means you have
be drawn from staff who teach in the clinical your very own contact person who can assist
years. The role of the advisor is to assist mainly with your questions and issues. We provide
with academic problems, but also to provide professional, confidential advice and referrals to
advice on a confidential basis if personal support services available on campus.
problems arise. It is vital that an Academic
Advisor is informed of any problems that a Your Student Advisors can help you
student may encounter which may affect his/ succeed at University
her academic performance as these may be
taken into account, if warranted, at the time
of consideration of results by the Board of
Steffi Langer-Kool
Examiners. The academic advisor can then act
(08) 9360 2049
as an advocate on behalf of a student should
there exist a reason for doing so. Students are
therefore urged to acquaint their academic
advisor of any problems as early as possible
and certainly before the meeting of the Board Martin Ratcliff
of Examiners. (08) 9360 7631

The full list of Veterinary Science students with

their allocated Academic Advisor for that year
is displayed in the notice board located in the
corridor of Level 2 located outside Lecture
Theatre VCS 2.008. Tamsyn Wilson
(08) 9360 2250
The full list of Biomedical Science students with
their allocated Academic Advisor for that year
is displayed on the notice board located outside
Lecture Theatre VBS 3.24.

The full list of Animal Science students with

their allocated Academic Advisor for that year
is displayed on the notice board located outside
Room VBS 2.029.

Both Academic Advisor lists are revised each

year and displayed within week 2 of semester 1.

Email any of us at:

You will find us in the Biological Sciences

building, room 2.005

Murdoch University Health: Making an Appointment
Counselling Service. How to make an appointment?
Where are we?
South Street Campus
The main centre is at theSouth Street Campus
All new clients are seen in a triage
on Bush Court.
appointment. This is a brief appointment
(usually 20 minutes) to assess your needs and
South Street Campus
decide on an appropriate course of action.
Social Sciences Building 440
Bush Court
Triage appointments are available each day
Phone: (08) 9360 1227
between 9.00 am and 2.30 pm Monday to
Our hours are 8:30am 4:30pm,
Friday. Some are bookable and some are on-
Monday- Friday.
the-day appointments. Please call 9360 1227
We also have some counselling available or drop in to see which time may suit you best.
at the Peel campus.
You may also contact us by

Section 8
Academic Staff Profiles Associate Professor Anne Barnes
Room VCS 1.069, telephone: 9360 2643,
Dr Sam Abraham,
Lecturer in Veterinary Medical Infectious Disease
Associate Professor Barnes. Anne is Associate
Room VBS 2.034, Telephone: 9360 2054, Professor in Veterinary Reproduction and has a
email: particular interest in large animal reproduction
Dr. Sam Abraham is a newly appointed lecturer and reproductive technology. Current
in Veterinary and Medical Infectious Diseases. research interests include inanition of sheep,
Sam teaches undergraduate microbiology, heat stress physiology of cattle and sheep,
with particular emphasis on bacteria and behavioural assessment of large animals, and
antimicrobial resistance of medical and endurance horses. Anne is also involved with
veterinary importance. His research focus is on the Waardong program, and is the honorary
antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacterial veterinarian for the West Australian Endurance
pathogens, effects of critical antimicrobials Riding Association.
on the microbiota of gastro intestinal tract,
antimicrobial resistance surveillance, horizontal Dr Melinda Bell
gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance Room number 2.109 VSB Level 2, Phone 9360
genes and ecology and evolution of zoonotic 7344, email:
pathogens. Dr Melinda Bell is the Lecturer in Small Animal
General Practice. She graduated from Murdoch
Dr Fiona Anderson, Lecturer in Physiology
University in 1993, and holds a postgraduate
Room VBS (Building 250) 2.034, telephone: professional qualification (MANZVS) in
93606898, email: Medicine of Cats. She worked as a small animal
Dr Fiona Anderson is a lecturer in Physiology veterinarian in private practice for many years
who graduated from Melbourne University in and then joined the General Practice Section
1998. She worked as a veterinarian in private within Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital
practice (small animal/dairy/equine) for a in 2000. She teaches small animal general
number of years before completing an equine practice, professional life skills including
medicine residency at Murdoch University in communication and consultation skills, and
2010. She is a member of the Australian and co-coordinates Extramural Clinical Experience.
New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Her research interest is in the emerging area of
(Equine medicine) and a Diplomate of the veterinary employability.
American College of Veterinary Internal
Medicine (Large Animal). Fionas PhD research
was centred around animal production (sheep)
and utilised computed tomography to assess
carcass composition of lambs, with research
in these areas ongoing. Fiona teaches into
a number of undergraduate units and co-
ordinates Veterinary Structure and Function II
and III (VET271 and 273).

Dr Dawie Blignaut Dr Melissa Claus
Room Number VCS1.095A, Telephone No.9360 Room No. 16 VSB Level 2, telephone: 9360 6527,
2622 email:
Appointed as Lecturer in Production Animal Dr Claus is a Lecturer in Small Animal
Health and Management. Graduated from Emergency and Critical Care. Melissa grew
the University of Pretoria, South Africaas up in the US in New Jersey. She obtained her
Veterinarian. After a few years working as bachelors degree from Rutgers University
Military Veterinarian and part-time private in 1999. She attended veterinary school at
veterinarian, he joined the University of the University of Florida from 2002-2006
Pretoria, Department of Production Animal and received her DVM in 2006. She then
Studies, Onderstepoort as lecturer in movedto Philadelphia and completed a one
Bovine Medicine and subsequently pursued year internshipin small animal medicine and
specialization in Bovine Internal Medicine. surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. After
He has broad based knowledge in clinical this, she completed a 3 year residency in small
management of most of the Production Animal animal emergency and critical care at the
Species.He has a special interest in Boergoat University of California Davis in July 2010. She
Health and Production. becamea Diplomatein the American College
of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Dip.
Associate Professor John Bolton ACVECC) in October 2010. Melissas clinical
Room VCS 2.031, telephone: 9360 2621, interests lie in transfusion medicine, pulmonary
email: pathology, electrolyte disorders, and life-saving
Associate Professor Boltons major teaching techniques involving extracorporeal circulation.
responsibility is in physiology. John maintains
Dr Teresa Collins
an interest in large animal medicine and is
involved in some 4th and 5th year teaching. Room VBS 3.047, telephone: 9360 7307,
John is also the Academic Chair for Veterinary email:
Biology. Dr Collins is a Senior Lecturer in Animal
Welfare and Ethics. Teresa coordinates teaching
Associate Professor Martin Cake units which focus on animal ethics, animal
Room VBS 1.007, telephone: 9360 2175, behaviour and animal welfare of the major
email: domesticspecies. Teresa graduated with BVSc
Associate Professor Cake teaches in veterinary (Hons) from University of Sydney and after nine
anatomy and the Veterinary Professional Life years in veterinarypractice completed a PhD
program. Martin completed both his BVMS at the University of Sydney. Teresa is a member
(1994) and PhD at Murdochbefore starting of the Australian and New Zealand College of
as a lecturer in 2002. His research interests Veterinary Scientists (Animal Welfare chapter)
include veterinary education, comparative and serves on several national committees
anatomy, and connective tissue biology seeking ways to resolve animal welfare
(includingskeletal maturation in production dilemmas in todays society. Her research
animals, andpharmaceutical interventions in interests include the assessment of animal
osteoarthritis). welfare, onfarm measures of livestock welfare,
societal attitudes to animals and the use of
animals in veterinary education. Teresa is also
active in the teaching of veterinary professional

Dr Andrew Currie of Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia but
Room VBS3.043, Telephone: 9360 7426, she combines this with her role as a clinical anaesthetist within the veterinary hospital. Ellie
enjoys the challenge of anaesthetising a wide
Dr Currie is an immunologist and biomedical
variety of species and has a particular interest
scientist who teaches the core undergraduate
in the anaesthesia of the critically-ill patient.
immunology syllabus in the School of
Veterinary & Life Sciences. Andrew is an active Associate Professor Trish Fleming
researcher in the field of newborn infection
Room VBS 2.046, telephone: 9360 6577,
and immunity and heads a research group
based both at the Princess Margaret Hospital
for Children and Murdoch University covering Associate Professor Fleming is a bit unusual
human and animal investigations. He has in the vet school, in that she is a Zoologist
extensive experience in the area of innate who works with healthy animals. Her research
immunity and strong collaborations with focuses on applied ecology, where improving
groups working on vaccine development and understanding of the physiology and behaviour
cancer therapies. Units coordinated: BIO243. of vertebrates has environmental conservation
Teaching: BIO243, VET293, BMS368 or welfare implications. Trish has worked
mainly with wildlife, but has recently been
Dr Sarah Etherington engaging in welfare research in production and
Room VBS 2.042, telephone: 9360 6708, companion animals.
Associate Professor Graham Gardner
Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology, whose
Room VBS 2.025, telephone: 9360 2264,
research interest is unravelling the mechanisms
of communication between nerve cells in the
mammalian nervous system, and how these Associate Professor Gardner teachesmainly
processes give rise to complex phenomena like in Biochemistry, Toxicology and Nutrition,as
perception and consciousness, using electrical well as teaching the scientific methodology
recording of nerve cells. Sarah completed her component of Veterinary Professional Life
BSc.Hons (Neuroscience) and PhD at UWA and 3. He is also Academic Chair of Animal
a postdoc at Cambridge University (UK) before Science, and Academic Chair of Animal
starting at Murdoch in 2008. Sarahs main Health. After growing up in the coastal
teaching area is pre-clinicalphysiology. paradise of Esperance, Graham moved to
Perth to complete his undergraduate degree
Dr Eleanor Drynan at the University of WA, and then his PhD
Room 1.062, Tel: 9360 6717, in Biochemistry and Nutritionat Murdoch
email: University (2001). Graham was then
employed as a lecturer in Animal Science at
Ellie has always had a strong interest in
the University of New England beforereturning
anesthesia and analgesia and began a
to Murdoch University in 2005to take
residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and
up his current position. His research is
Analgesia at Murdoch University Veterinary
predominantly focused towards growth and
Hospital in 2007. In 2013 she obtained
body composition,carbohydrate metabolism,
her Masters in Veterinary Anaesthesia and
the hormonal axis that influence it, and the
became a Specialist and a Diplomate of the
metabolic impact of selection for muscling.
American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia
More recently he has driven the development
and Analgesia. Her current position is that

of an X-ray system for determining body Dr Ihab Habib
composition in lamb and beef, which is Room VCS 2.016, Telephone: 9360 2434,
currently being installed in commercial email:
processing plants around Australia. The bulk of
Dr Habib is a Lecturer in Veterinary Public
his researchis driven through the Sheep CRC,
Health and Epidemiology. He is a Food
and Meat and Livestock Australia. Graham also
Veterinarian, interested in research on risk
doubles-up as the leader for the postgraduate
assessment and microbiological safety of
education program within the Australian Sheep
food of animal origin, and studying the
epidemiology of zoonotic and foodborne
Associate Professor Mark Glyde pathogens (e.g. Campylobacter) at the
human-animal-environment interface. Dr
Room No. 13 VSB Level 2, telephone: 9360 2295,
Habib graduated with BVSc from Alexandria
University, northern of Egypt. He completed
Associate Professor Glyde is a Small Animal several postgraduate degrees, including;
Surgery Specialist whose main clinical and MSc in Public Health (Alexandria University,
research interests are orthopaedic surgery. Egypt), MSc in Food Safety and Hygiene
Mark teaches small animal orthopaedics and Management (Birmingham University, UK),
spinal neurosurgery and works in the referral MSc in Tropical Animal Health (Antwerp,
surgery section of Murdoch Universitys Belgium), and in 2010 he was awarded his PhD
Veterinary Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the in Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety
European College of Veterinary Surgeons, has a (Ghent University, Belgium). Before joining
Masters degree in Veterinary Surgery and holds Murdoch University in 2015, Dr Habib worked
a Higher Diploma in University Teaching and as a post-doc researcher in Ghent University
Learning. in Belgium and a Lecturer in the Division of
Veterinary Public Health of Utrecht University
Associate Professor Wayne Greene in the Netherlands. He is leading the VPH/
Room VBS 3.041, telephone: 9360 2545, One Health teaching for the 3rd year, and
email: VPH rotation and streaming for the 5th year,
Associate Professor Greene is an Associate as well as teaching postgraduate courses on
Professor in Molecular Genetics. Wayne One Health Management and Infectious and
has a PhD in molecular immunology and Emerging Diseases.
postdoctoral experience in the fields of
molecular virology and cancer biology. He Professor David Hampson
teaches mainly in the units Immunology and Telephone: 9360 2287,
Molecular Genetics (Vet/Biomed) and Advances email:
in Medical Science (Biomed). Waynes research Professor Hampson is Dean of the School
interests include the Molecular pathogenesis of of Veterinary and Life Sciences. David is a
human T-cell leukaemia and Gene expression Veterinary Microbiologist whose research
profiling of canine lymphoma. work concentrates mainly on the diagnosis
and control of enteric bacterial infections. He
is currently working on diagnostic tests and
vaccine development for swine dysentery and
related diseases.

Dr Josie Hardwick Professor Peter Irwin
email: Room 2.104 Level 2, telephone: 9360 2590,
Dr Josie Hardwick (ne Leutton) is a Registrar email:
in Equine Surgery at The Equine Centre with a Professor Irwin was appointed Principal
particular interest in gastrointestinal surgery, of the College of Veterinary Medicine in
dynamic upper airway obstructions and August 2014. Peter is a Specialist in Canine
lameness. A graduate of the Royal Veterinary Medicine and previously he was a small animal
College, University of London, Josie moved to veterinary clinician teaching into the 4th and
Sydney and completed an equine internship 5th (clinical) years of the veterinary course.
and surgical residency programme at Randwick Peter is an active researcher in the field of
Equine Centre. She commenced working at veterinary parasitology and supervises research
Murdoch in August 2015 and is preparing to degrees. His clinical interests include infectious
take the ACVS board examinations in 2016. and parasitic diseases of dogs and cats and
his research is predominantly concerned with
Professor Giselle Hosgood vector-borne diseases of animals and people.
Room No. 14 VSB Level 2, telephone: 9360 6275,
email: Dr Caroline Jacobson

Professor Hosgood is a Small Animal Surgery Room VBS 2.038, telephone: 9360 2654,
Specialist certified by the American College of email:
Veterinary Surgeons and the Australian College Dr Jacobson is a Veterinarian who teaches
of Veterinary Scientists, Australia. Giselle nutrition and biochemistry. Her research has
undertook advanced training in Australia and focussed on the causes of diarrhoea in sheep
the US and taught surgery at two US veterinary and in particular parasites and nutrition.
schools for 24 years before rejoining Murdoch Caroline works mainly with sheep and sheep
in 2009 to head the Small Animal Surgery farmers who appreciate someone sharing
Section. Her primaryarea of clinical and an interest in the faecal consistency of their
researchinterest in soft tissue and oncologic animals.
Dr Khama Kelman
Dr Tim Hyndman VBS Room 1.008, Ph: 9360 2177,
Room VBS 3.030, telephone: 9360 7348, email: K.Kelman
email: Khama obtained her BVMS from Murdoch
Dr Hyndman is a Veterinarian who coordinates University in 2002 and then worked as a small
the Veterinary Pharmacology course at animal clinician. During this time she gained
Murdoch. His research and clinical interests are further qualifications in statistics and small
in virology, pharmacology and reptile health. animal surgery and has recently completed
a PhD in meat science. She is an active
researcher with an interest in lamb growth
patterns and their impact on meat quality.
Khamacommenced as a Lecturer of Veterinary
Anatomy in February 2016.

Dr Nicole Laing Associate Professor Guy Lester
Associate Lecturer Small Animal General Practice Equine Building Level 2 room 2.67, telephone:
VCS Room 1.175; Ph 9360 7267 9360 7676,
email: Dr Lester is an Associate Professor in Large
Dr Nicole Laing is a Murdoch University Animal Medicine and a registered specialist
graduate from 1996. She has worked as a in Equine Medicine. His clinical interests
small animal general practitioner for the last include all aspects of equine medicine, with a
19 years and is currently employed by the focus on diseases of the gastrointestinal tract,
Veterinary College as a clinician and associate medicine of foals and cardiology. Dr Lester
lecturer in Small Animal General Practice, is a board-certified specialist in medicine by
teaching into the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of the the American College of Veterinary Internal
veterinary course. Her interests include small Medicine. Current research interests include
animal internal medicine and ophthalmology. the association between cardiac morphology
and performance, exercise-induced pulmonary
Dr Michael Laurence haemorrhage, and gastric ulceration. Currently
Room VCS 1.097, telephone: 9360 2645, occupies the position of Academic Chair for the
email: BVMS program.

Dr Laurence is the Senior Lecturer in Production Associate Professor Alan Lymbery

Animal Health and Management. Michael is a
Fish Health Unit, Vet Farm, telephone: 9360 7509
Veterinary Surgeon with extensive small and
large animal experience in Australia and the
UK but his main passion is animal welfare in Associate Professor Lymbery teaches
production animals. He has broad research parasitology, genetics and animal breeding.
interests with a focus on providing beef cattle Alans research interests are in ecology,
producers with scientific information that will genetics and conservation, particularly of native
improve their enterprises. His research is mainly freshwater fish.
in the area of genetic improvements in beef
Dr Susie Lillis
herds particularly in defining the benefits
and difficulties in selecting breeding beef cattle Vet Surgical Centre Room 2.112, telephone: 9360
for increased feed efficiency. His PhD research 6824, email:
was based around the impact of selecting Dr Lillis is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary
for either fatness or feed efficiency in cattle Diagnostic Imaging and a Diplomate of the
on Maternal Productivity. Michael also leads American College of Veterinary Radiology.
research programmes in improving animal She graduated from Murdoch University and
welfare of sheep destined for live export, as completed a rotating small animal internship
well as the improvement of post-surgical pain and Master of Veterinary Science degree
management in pastoral cattle. at The University of Melbourne. Following
a year in general practice, Susie completed
Michael is also the Chair of the University a Residency in Diagnostic Imaging at The
Animal Ethics Committee University of Pennsylvania. Before returning to
Murdoch, Susie enjoyed roles at The University
of Tennessee, The University of Liverpool, and
in private specialist practice in the United
Kingdom. Susie contributes the Diagnostic
Imaging service of MUVH and teaches

diagnostic imaging to undergraduates. She England. He completed his surgical training
enjoys all imaging modalities and undertakes in large animal surgery at Cornell University
clinical research. Susie loves teaching veterinary in New York as well as a Master of Science
studentsand recently completed a Postgraduate degree. Dr Murphywas an Assistant Professor
Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher in large animal surgery at the University of
Education. Florida for 4 years before returning to Australia
in December 2002 to take up the position
Associate Professor David Miller of Associate Professor in Equine Surgery at
Room VBS 2.024, telephone: 9360 7593, Murdoch University. David is a Diplomat of
email: the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dave Miller is an Associate Professor in and a Member of the Australian College of
physiology. He is an agricultural science Veterinary Scientists. His clinical interests and
graduate from The University of Western expertise include general equine surgery and
Australia with a PhD in reproductive orthopaedic surgery. His research focus is in
physiology, and 20 years research/lecturing orthopaedics evaluating the effects of growth
experience in the UK and Australia. factors and stem cells on tendon and ligament
healing, and on the treatment of joint disease.
He currently teaches in Introduction to the
Animal/Human Body (ANS102/BMS107), Dr. Mark Newman
Animal Production Systems I, II, III and IV email:
(ANS101, ANS230, ANS333, ANS358), Mark started as a Lecturer in Small Animal
Veterinary/Biomedical Physiology (VET273, Surgery at Murdoch University in March 2015,
VET274, BMS206), Animal Structure and and also works in the Murdoch University
Function (ANS221), Equine Physiology and Veterinary Hospital, in both the Orthopaedic/
Behaviour (ANS365), Equine Nutrition and Neurosurgery and Soft Tissue/Oncologic
Health (ANS366), Applied Animal Agriculture/ Surgery departments. Mark started a residency
Breeding (ANS363/ANS364) and coordinates in Small Animal Surgery at the University of
the Animal Science Honours program Sydney in 2011 which finished in 2014, and
(ANS450). Dave has broad research interests in finished a Masters in Veterinary Studies (Small
reproductive physiology, neuroendocrinology, Animal Practice) extramurally during this
growth and development, behaviour, welfare time. In February 2015 Mark was awarded the
and appetite control in production, wild and status of Diplomate of the European College
companion animals. of Veterinary Surgeons by examination. He is
also an active Member of the Australian and
Associate Professor David Murphy New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Equine Building Level 2 , telephone:9360 6317, His research interests include bone biology and fracture biomechanics.
Associate Professor Murphy is an
specialistEquine Surgeon who lectures to
the 4th and 5th years on lameness, equine
surgery and bovine abdominal surgery and
to the first years on The AustralianHorse
Industry. Dr Murphyis a graduate of the
University of Sydney and has spent several
years in private practice in Australia and

Associate Professor Philip Nicholls in the general pathology unit for veterinary
email: students and teaches in the general pathology
unit for biomedical science, chiropractic and
Associate Professor Philip Nicholls joined the
animal science students,the systemic and
pathology group at Murdoch University in
practical pathology units for third and fourth
2000, and is currently seconded as the Deputy
year veterinary students and clinical rotations
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Science,
for final year veterinary students. Mandy has
and Chair of Basic and Clinical Sciences for
undertaken researchand published reports
our joint teaching of medicine with Notre
on animal species ranging from invertebrates
Dame University. He lectures in histology in
(oysters) to reptiles and mammals; however she
BMS107 and in second year physiology units,
has a special interest in dermatopathology.
plus coordination and teaching in the first
year breadth unit BSC150 What is Science? His Dr. Charlotte Oskam
current research interests include the potential
Room S&C 2.053, Telephone 93606349,
role of disease in the woylie decline and
collaboration with the Nanotechnology group
in developing a novel artificial bone matrix. Dr Oskam is a lecturer in Anatomy and Unit
Coordinator for BMS101 Introduction to
Dr Mark ODea the Human Body. Charlotte originally studied
VBS 3.050, telephone: 9360 7418, human reproductive and developmental
email: anatomy and forensic facial approximation
in New Zealand before moving to Perth to
Dr ODea is a Veterinarian with expertise
undertake her doctoral studies in ancient
in veterinary microbiology, particularly
DNA. Her research and expertise previously
classical and molecular viral diagnostics. Mark
focused on DNA isolation, amplification and
coordinates the Principles of Infectious Disease
sequencing of highly degraded specimens
unit and teaches the virology components of
(paleontological and archaeological eggshell
the course.
and bone), some of great antiquity (up to
His researchinterests include viral diseases 20,000 years old). Charlotte now focuses her
of wildlife, and the use of next generation experience with highly degraded specimens
sequencing in viral pathogen detection. and low copy number DNA, combined with
next generation sequencing to pathogen
Associate Professor Mandy OHara detection from often minute specimens. As
an Early Career researcher, Charlottes research
Room VBS 2.009, telephone: 9360 2297,
interests are using next generation sequencing
technology (Illumina Miseq) to target bacterial
Mandy OHara is an Associate Professor in and protozoal pathogens and detect host(s)
pathology, a registered specialist in Veterinary that ticks have fed on to investigate vector-
Pathology and head of the Anatomical and borne disease.
Clinical Pathology group within the School
of Veterinary and Life Sciences. Mandy
coordinates and participates in the anatomic
pathology consultancy within the Murdoch
University Veterinary Hospital, which provides
post-mortem examinations and biopsy
interpretation for Veterinarians, researchers
and industry. She also coordinates and teaches

Professor David Pethick Dr Jenny Richardson
Room VBS 2.027, telephone: 9360 2246, Room No.18 VSB Level 2,telephone: (office) 9360
email: 2475 (radiology) ext 2436,
Professor Pethick grew up on a family farm email:
and is an Agricultural Scientist who teaches Dr Richardson is a Clinical Veterinary
mainly in Mammalian Biochemistry and Radiologist and Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging.
Nutrition. His general research interests include Jenny is involved in teaching the diagnostic
carbohydrate and fat metabolism in farm imaging courses in both 3rd year and 5th year
animals particularly as they relate to meat of the veterinary program as well as resident
quality. Much of Davids work has centred on training and contributes to the Continuing
the regulation of dark cutting lamb and beef Veterinary Education. Jenny is a Fellow of the
and also the development of intramuscular Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in
fat in sheep and cattle. His research has been Radiology. Her clinical interests include all
central to the development of the Meat imaging modalities; however has a particular
Standards Australia for Beef and Lamb. David interest in nuclear medicine, advanced
currently runs Meat and Livestock Australias imaging techniques and cardiac ultrasound.
national program on sheep meat eating Jenny shares the imaging caseload at Murdoch
quality and also manages the Australian University Veterinary Hospital.
Sheep Industry CRC Meat Science program.
Professor Ian Robertson
Dr Anthea Raisis VSB Level 2, Telephone: 9360 2459,
Room No. 4 VSB Level 2, telephone: 9360 2672,
email: Professor Robertson is a Veterinary
Dr Raisis is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiologist who teaches practical and
Anaesthesia and Analgesia. Dr Raisis graduated theoretical epidemiology to undergraduate
from University of Queensland in 1989. After and postgraduate students. His broad research
completing an internship and residency in large interests include epidemiological investigations
animal medicine at Sydney University between of conditions affecting domestic animals and
1990 and 1995, Dr Raisis decided to specialise wildlife. Ian has extensive experience in the
in veterinary anaesthesia. To achieve this, Dr epidemiology of transboundary diseases,
Raisis moved to the United Kingdom where particularly those affecting animals and humans
she completed a PhD in equine anaesthesia in south-east Asia.
and specialty training in veterinary anaesthesia
between 1996 and 2002. In 2003 Dr Raisis Dr. Gabriele Rossi
returned to Australia, where initially she worked
as a senior registrar At Murdoch University Veterinary Biology Building Room 2.007,
until 2008. At this time, Dr Raisis was then telephone: 0893602418,
appointed to position of senior Lecturer in email:
veterinary anaesthesia. In this role she teaches Dr. Rossi joined the staff of Murdoch University
undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary in 2015 covering a position as senior lecturer
students, contributes to the clinical service in the in veterinary clinical pathology. Gabriele
hospital when needed and undertakes research. is a diplomate of the European College of
Special interests include all aspects of equine Veterinary Clinical Pathology and is an active
anaesthesia and anaesthesia of critically ill researcher in the field of clinical pathology and
animals and animals with neurological disease. supervises PhD students and research degrees.

His research is predominantly concerned time in private equine/small animal practice
with analytical and biological validation of in Victoria before commencing a residency
biomarkers, particularly inflammatory and in equine medicine and surgery at Massey
urinary markers in domestic animals. University in1997. During this time Cristy
completed a masters degree researching
Dr Herb Rovay equine third carpal bone disease. She returned
Room VCS 2.032, telephone: 9360 2645, to Murdoch University in 2000 here she
email: currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer
Dr. Rovay, or just Herb, as he is preferred in equine medicine. She is a member of the
to be called, is a lecturer in Production Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in
Animal Health and Management. Herb is a both equine medicine and surgery and is a
Veterinary Surgeon with experience in Dairy Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary
and Reproduction Sciences in Canada, USA Internal Medicine Cristys research interests are
and Brazil, his home country. He graduated centered around inflammatory airway disease
from the Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil, and endocrine disease in the horse. As well
just after concluding an Agriculture Trainee as teaching into a number of undergraduate
program at the University of Minnesota. courses she is co-unit coordinator of VET538
Following graduation, he completed his (extramural experience) and the postgraduate
postgraduate studies (M.Sc., M.Vet.Sc), unit VET678. Cristy is an active participant
Residency in Theriogenology, and worked in in the EVA where she holds a position on the
private practice, before joining the Murdoch executive committee
University in 2015. Herb enjoys all aspects of
Dr Claire Sharp (Senior Lecturer)
animal health and production and teaching
students. Vet Surgical Centre Room 2.121, Telephone: (08)
9360 7389, email:
Professor Una Ryan Dr Claire Sharp is a senior lecturer in the
Room VBS3.045, telephone:9360 2482, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of
email: Veterinary and Life Sciences. Claire joined
Professor Ryan is a Molecular Epidemiologist Murdoch in July 2015. Claire is a specialist
who teaches mainly in biochemistry. Together in Small Animal Emergency and Critical
with Professor Peter Irwin, she runs the Vector Care; boarded through the American College
and Waterborne pathogens group, which of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
is focused on the molecular detection and Claire works in the Murdoch Pet Emergency
epidemiology of vector and water-borne Center and ICU, and teaches students in the
pathogens ( 3rd, 4th and 5th years of their curriculum.
Research-capabilities/Vector-and-Waterborne- Claire is an active researcher in the fields of
Pathogens-Group/). sepsis, coagulation, dog genetics and other
emergency and critical are diseases. Claires
Dr Cristy Secombe clinical interests include sepsis, multiple organ
dysfunction syndrome, respiratory diseases,
RoomVCS2.065telephone: 93607553,
disorders of coagulation, gastric dilatation and
volvulus, and trauma.
Dr Secombe is a Senior Lecturer and registered
specialist in Equine Medicine at Murdoch
University. Dr Secombe graduated from
Murdoch University in1994 and spent some

Dr Lisa Smart Dr Nahiid Stephens, Lecturer in Pathology
Room 15 VSB Level 2, telephone: 9360 6692 Room VBS 2.005, telephone: 9360 2666,
Dr Smart graduated with a BVSc from the Dr Stephens is a 2000 Murdoch graduate and
University of Queensland in 2003. Lisa has worked in small animal private practice
completed a one year internship at Queensland in Queensland, Western Australia and the
Veterinary Specialists, and then a three year United Kingdom. Nahiids ongoing interest
residency at the University of California, Davis in Pathology prompted a return to Murdoch
in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. in 2009. Since then she has developed an
She became a Diplomate of the American interest in wildlife pathology, in particular
College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical that of cetaceans; although she finds disease
Care in 2008. Dr Smart is currently a Senior in any species interesting. Nahiid achieved
Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care and Membership of the Australian and New
also a full-time PhD student with the Harry Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by
Perkins Medical Research Institute. Dr Smarts examination (Pathobiology chapter) in 2010 and
clinical and research interests include sepsis, is currently working towards a part-time PhD
shock, bleeding disorders, artificial colloids and studying the health of estuarine and near-
intralipid use in toxicities. coastal dolphins in WA. She is a member
of the Murdoch University Cetacean Research
Dr Rachael Smith Unit ( and a member of the
Room VCS 2.065, telephone: 9360 6282, student support crew.
DrPhil Stumbles, Ph.D.
Dr Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery
at Murdoch University. After graduating Room VBS2.004, telephone: 9360 6201,
from Massey University in 1998 Rachael
spent several years in large animal practice Dr Stumbles is aSenior Lecturer inPathology
in Waikato, NZ before completing a year of (Molecular and Biomedical Science) in the
equine practice in Newmarket and Essex. Dr School of Veterinary and Life Sciences. Phil
Smith has completed a Residency in Equine obtained his PhD inimmunology from Murdoch
Surgery at Murdoch University and is a University in1994 and has since held post-
member of the Australian College of Veterinary doctoral researchfellowships at the University of
Scientists in both equine medicine and equine Oxford, the University of Western Australia and
surgery. In 2007 Dr Smith achieved Diplomate the Telethon KidsInstitute, where he is currently
status with the American College of Veterinary anHonorary Research Fellow. His main research
Surgeons (ACVS). Dr Smiths principal clinical interests are in understanding the cellular basis
interests are soft tissue surgery including of immune protection of the respiratory tract
wounds and septic synovial structures, and and how this is disrupted during diseases such
management of cutaneous neoplasia. as allergic asthma and influenza virus infection.
He is also interested in the development of
immunological protection in the lungs during the
early years of life, and how this may be disrupted
by early-life respiratory infections.

Professor Andrew Thompson include urinary tract and bacterial diseases
Room VBS3.003, telephone: 9360 2466, of dogs and cats and her research focuses on
email: bacterial cystitis and subclinical bacteriuria,
multidrug-resistant bacteria, and pet food-
Professor Thompsons major contribution to
related toxicities.
teaching is in parasitology, but in addition
Andrew teaches invertebrate zoology in Dr Audra Walsh
first year, as well as the applications of
Room VBS 2.010, telephone 9360 2212,
biotechnology to medicine in third year. His
research interests embrace a variety of parasitic
infections with common themes being diseases I completed a Bachelor of Science (Animal
transmitted between animals and humans Science) at California State Polytechnic
(zoonoses), wildlife parasitology, the molecular University, Pomona (USA)prior to my
genetics and epidemiology of parasitic completion of a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary
infections and antiparasitic drug discovery and Medicine and Surgery) at Murdoch University.
development. After graduation from Murdoch, I went on to
complete a rotating small animal internship
Associate Professor Andrew Thompson at Queensland Veterinary Specialists and
Room VBS3.039, telephone: 9360 7394, Pet Emergency, and a residency in anatomic pathology at the University of Pennsylvania
(USA). I have since become a diplomate of the
Associate Professor Thompson is an Animal
American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
Production Scientist who teaches practical
Prior to my arrival as a lecturer at Murdoch, I
aspects of sheep, wool and beef cattle
worked as a diagnostic pathologist in Brisbane.
production systems to undergraduates,
My return to academia stems from my passion
including interactions between soils, pastures
of teaching. I believe teaching is a collaborative
and livestock. He is unit co-ordinator for
process that involves an interactive process
ANS353 and ANS358. Andrew also manages
to allow for developmental learning and a
several National sheep research and extension
challenging and rewarding experience for
projects with a major focus on improving
sheep reproduction, interactions between
sheep genetics and their environment, pasture My teaching responsibilities include acting
production systems and feed efficiency, and he as unit coordinator for CHI 301 (Processes in
supervises multiple honours and PhD students Human Diseases), and contribute to lectures
and laboratories for pre-clinical veterinary
Associate Professor Mary Thompson
programs (BMS314, ANS 313, VET 375). I also
Room VCS 2.114, telephone: 9360 2685, assist in the 5thyear Veterinary Science core
email: rotation in anatomic pathology (VET 587).
Mary Thompson joined Murdoch in July
2015 as Associate Professor in Small Animal
Medicine. Mary is a registered specialist in
Small Animal Medicine, Diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Internal
Medicine and Vice President of the Small
Animal Medicine and Feline Chapters of
the Australian and New Zealand College of
Veterinary Scientists. Marys clinical interests

Dr Natalie Warburton Dr Lian Yeap BSc BVMS (Hons) MACVSc
Room VBS 1.010, telephone: 9360 7658, (Veterinary Dentistry) Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation
Dr Natalie Warburton is Senior Lecturer Medicine
in Anatomy with research interests in Room VCS 1.200A, telephone: 9360 7289,
functional morphology and evolution of email:
vertebrates.Natalies ongoing research
Lian is Associate Lecturer in Wildlife and
programs include musculoskeletal adaptations
Conservation Medicine. Prior to working at
related to feeding and locomotion, particularly
Murdoch University, Lian spent eight years in
in marsupials, and the functional anatomy of
private practice in and around Perth, working
organ systems including reproductive systems.
predominantly with small animals but also
some birds, reptiles and wildlife. She completed
Associate Professor Kris Warren
her membership exams in Veterinary Dentistry
Room VCS 1.098, telephone: 9360 2647, through the Australian College of Veterinary
email: Scientists in 2001. She worked as a locum
A/Prof Kris Warren is responsible for teaching veterinarian from 2002-2010. Lians specific
wildlife, exotic pet and conservation medicine interests include zoo and exotic animal dentistry
medicine to fourth and fifth year students and wildlife rehabilitation. Lians research
and is the Academic Chair for postgraduate focuses on aspects of black cockatoo health,
studies in conservation medicine. Her research demographics and ecology.
in the field of conservation medicine involves
studying the health of endangered wildlife
species within ecological contexts in order to
assist recovery efforts to conserve these species.
These research projects focus on determining
the ecological drivers of disease and the role
that disease plays in population declines and
extinctions of endangered species. She has
numerous collaborations in the field of wildlife
disease surveillance, with a strong focus on
research in regional-rural areas, and is involved
in research into the ecology and health of
threatened wildlife in Australia and overseas in
numerous countries including Indonesia, South
Africa, Thailand, New Zealand, Colombia,
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of
Congo. Further information about Kris can
be found at
myprofile/kristin-warren/ Further information
about the Conservation Medicine Program
can be found at:

Section 9
Murdoch Veterinary Students Association (MVSA)
The MVSA is a voluntary, non-profit Through various purchasing committees,
organisation run by veterinary students of students have the chance to buy, at cost price,
all years. The aims of the Association are: to overalls, lab coats and surgical instruments. The
enhance the lives of veterinary students by fundraising committees within the College of
providing entertainment, social functions and Veterinary Medicine community allow students
goods and services at as close to cost price for the unique opportunity to purchase various
members; to maintain an amicable staff-student Murdoch University College of Veterinary
relationship within the School; to provide Medicine memorabilia; and the ability to
student support; to promote integration participate in these projects. In the past, these
between year levels and to further the standing have included hats, polo shirts, and calendars
of the College of Veterinary Medicine within featuring Veterinary students, coffee mugs
the community. and wrist bands. Membership is $55 which
entitles students to representation at the school,
Voluntary activities for university recognised university and AVA level; discounts on items
student organizations (e.g.MVSA and SIG) purchased through the MVSA purchasing
can be formally acknowledged by Academic committee (eg, overalls, clinic coats); discounts
Council as a Volunteer Program on on social events, use of common room facilities
community and careers development. This is (eg kitchen, fridges, microwaves, TV, foosball)
recorded on the students academic transcript. and discounts at the common room baa
fridge. The membership fee also serves to
The functions and activities of the MVSA are support the student interest groups (SIGs);
many and varied. They include the student- membership in the MVSA provides a large
run Thank Goodness its Friday BBQs on discount on SIG memberships.
the vet lawn, the traditional Barn Dance held
in the Heritage Barn at the Vet Farm and an The MVSA has an office located opposite the
annual Winter Dinner. Second semester sees Veterinary Students Common Room in the
the appearance of the Vet Revue, an evening Veterinary Clinical Sciences building come
of songs and sketches written, performed and see us between 12:30 1:30 to become a
produced entirely by veterinary students. The member or email us
Revue was first held in 1981 and remains the
showpiece for veterinary student talent and
humour. Halfway day, the culmination of a
year-long fundraising endeavour, provides
a chance for the 3rd years to celebrate the
completion of half of their degree.

Positions and Committees
of the MVSA
2016 Executive Committee Officers
President: Lucinda Wildie
Vice President: Ryan Clark
Secretary: Tova Pinsky
Treasurer: Luke Frichot
Events Co-ordinator: Steph Morgan and Lena Pullbrook
Communications Liaison Officer: Melanie Smith
Vet SOS Rep: Crystal Ranelli
Sports Rep: Sarah Bush

These are our 2016 year reps :

1st year reps: Will be determined following orientation day..
2nd year reps: Anna McGillvray, Abi Lyons, Hamish Derrick, Chloe Tan
3rd year reps DVM: Esther van Kampen, Dazlyn Badsha, Peta Thomas
3rd year reps BVMS: Freddy Simmons, Blake Ryan, Harriett Moss
4th year reps: Sherrilynn Wakefield, Caitlin Pickles, Dianne Wood
5th year reps: Jessica Diery, Carla Fletcher, Katie Kreutz

Special Interest Groups:

Murdoch University Wildlife Association (MUWA)
Murdoch Association of Veterinary Surgery (MAVS)
Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)
Murdoch Animal Welfare Society (MAWS)
Bovine Interest Group (BIG)
Equine Interest Group (EIG)
Murdoch Association of Veterinary Public Health (MAPVH)
Murdoch Travelling Veterinary Students
Canine Interest Group -
Wellness and Mental Health
Executive Management of Murdoch Veterinary Students Association (MVSA)

Section 10
Veterinary Trust Ambassadors Organise and co-ordinate a student,
alumni or hospital client fundraising event
The Murdoch University Veterinary Trust invites
Development of a yearbook for 5th year
you to contribute to the School of Veterinary
and Life Sciences as a Veterinary Trust
Ambassador. This is a unique opportunity to Any other project which will benefit the
participate in a volunteer program to assist the College of Veterinary Medicine and is
Veterinary Trust, help the College of Veterinary supported by the Veterinary Trust
Medicine, develop leadership skills and meet
This program will provide you with
the Colleges key supporters. Each Trust
opportunities to develop and demonstrate
Ambassador who completes a minimum of
communication, leadership, teamwork, time
40 hours per year has his or her participation
management, problem solving, initiative
noted on their development transcript.
and creativity.With your help the Veterinary
The objectives of the Veterinary Trust Trust will improve the facilities, equipment
Ambassadors program are: and education offered at Murdoch College of
Veterinary Medicine.
To provide opportunities for students
to develop both interpersonal and For more information, contact the Veterinary
personal skills Trust by email or
telephone 9360 2731.
To raise student awareness of the Trust
To encourage student participation in
the Trust
To foster a sense of belonging and life-
long association with the College of
Veterinary Medicine

As a Veterinary Trust Ambassador you will

learn about the Trust and actively contribute
to the Trust by being involved in promotion
of the Trust, the School of VLS and the College,
assisting with fundraising activities which will
raise awareness of Trust activities both within
the University and outside the University.

Some of the possible activities could include:

Assisting with tours of the veterinary

Off-campus promotion such as the Royal
Show, AVA Trade Fair, Expos,
On-campus promotion to highlight the
role of the Veterinary Trust to students e.g.
various ceremonies, student Dog Wash

Section 11
Prizes and Scholarships reward and encourage students. A variety of prizes are offered by the
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences with the support of the School, organisations and individual
donors. Please note that prizes may not be offered if a suitable recipient is not available, or
if donor support becomes unavailable. Prizes maybe added or removed during the year as
circumstances dictate.

For more information, contact the Veterinary Trust or 9360 2731.

The list below was correct at the time of print please refer to the University Handbook for any
up-dates or changes.

Veterinary and Life Sciences

Prize Award Conditions

ACVSc Diana Pinch Memorial Epidemiology best academic performance in Epidemiology in the veterinary
Award undergraduate program
Adamson Prize in Equine Medicine greatest proficiency in the unit VET543 Advanced Topics in
and Surgery Equine Practice
Australian and New Zealand College
best academic performance in VET345 Veterinary
of Veterinary Scientists Veterinary
Pharmacology Prize
best performance in the units VET452 Small Animal Medicine,
Australian Small Animal Veterinary
VET457 Small Animal Surgery and small animal medicine final
Association Award for Clinical Proficiency
year clinical rotations combined
Australian Society for Parasitology Prize for
best academic performance in ANS356 Animal Parasitology
Parasitology in Animal Science
Australian Society for Parasitology Prize for
best academic performance in BMS364 Parasitology
Parasitology in Biomedical Science
Australian Society for Parasitology Prize for
best academic performance in VET344 Veterinary Parasitology
Parasitology in Veterinary Science
AVA (Australian Veterinary Association) academic achievement and participation in student affairs by
Student Award an AVA student member

Bernard J McSherry Prize in Veterinary highest achievement in academic and applied aspects of
Clincial Pathology Veterinary Clinical Pathology in Applied Veterinary Medicine

best academic achievement and practical laboratory aptitude in

Celina Alexis Chua Award
VET457 Small Animal Surgery
best academic performance in Bachelor of Science (Veterinary
Cenvet Shining Star Dux Award Biology) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery by a
final year student
Charles and Elaine Schug Memorial Prize in academic ability and outstanding commitment to the field of
Wildlife Medicine wildlife medicine
professionalism, communication skills and leadership qualities
Don G Nickels Communication and
indicating future success, as nominated by practising
Leadership Prize

Prize Award Conditions
academic performance, participation, interest and commitment
Emilio Balzarini Equine Prize to equine activities both in the School and externally; awarded
in fifth year
Equine Veterinarians Australia Zoonoses best academic performance in Zoonoses in VET442 Animal
Prize Systems III
best academic performance in VET454 Equine Practice and
Equine Veterinary Association (EVA) Prize
equine core clinical rotations
best academic performance in third year general pathology
Foundation Pathologists Prize
and fifth year pathology rotations combined
best all round performance in Small Animal Medicine and
Hills Buddy Award
General Practice
Marilyn Alder Award for Clinical Proficiency best fifth year clinical proficiency across a variety of species
best academic performance in VET346 Veterinary Nutrition
Milne Agrigroup Prize in Animal Nutrition
and Animal Toxicology

VetPrac Prize best clinical placement essay by a fifth year veterinary student

Principals Prize for Service to the College of most outstanding contribution to the life of the College of
Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine
best academic performance in fourth and fifth year of
ProVet WA Prize
Veterinary Science
the student who has demonstrated greatest potential for
Richard Lee-Gray Memorial Prize
success as a rural practitioner
Royal Canin Companion Animal Welfare best essay in companion animal welfare in the unit VET342
Award Animal Systems II
fifth-year student demonstrating initiative, interest and
Stan Jones Memorial Prize in Clinical
commitment to clinical pathology activities both in the School
and externally; awarded by staff nomination
most outstanding written farm report, demonstrating an
Student Prize for Best Farm Practical understanding of and interest in production animal systems in
VET429 Veterinary Professional Life III

Sue Dilley Memorial Award highest overall mark in VET242 Animal Systems I

Tom Edwards Award for Animal Welfare best essay in enhancing animal welfare through science, in the
Science unit VET342 Animal Systems II

best essay in the Emergency Clinical Rotation essay competition

Triangle Engineering Emergency Clinical
and the best practical achievement in Emergency Clinical
Rotation Essay Prize
Rotation as part of VET586 Small Animal Practice II
best academic and practical achievements in the unit VET587
University of Sydney Centre for Veterinary
Production Animal, Public Health, Pathology (Anatomical and
Education Prize for Clinical Competency
Clinical) Core Clinical Rotation
final year student who has shown outstanding interest and
Unusual Pet Vets Prize
commitment in the field of exotic pet medicine and surgery

Prize Award Conditions
academic performance, participation, interest and enthusiasm
Wellard Rural Exports Animal Welfare in
in animal welfare issues in the production animal industries
Production Animals Prize
over all years in the course, both in the School and externally

West Australian Pork Industry Award for best porcine welfare essay in VET342 Animal Systems II by a
Excellence in Animal Welfare second year veterinary student

best academic performance in second, third and fourth year in

WSA and JE Gordon Memorial Prize
Veterinary Biology/Applied Veterinary Medicine
a 5th year veterinary student who has made the most enduring
MVSA Service Award
impact on student life

Scholarship Name Award Conditions.

Veterinary Alumni 4th Year This scholarship, established through donations from Veterinary Alumni
provides support for a student facing demonstrable economic hardship.
Scholarship Applications accepted from third year students in September each year by
the Scholarships Office. (Value $1000)
Clyde McGill & Colleen This scholarship enables students to seek exceptional extramural or extended
practical learning experiences to enhance their learning, improve their
Rigby Scholarship potential

as veterinarians and make a contribution to the University, the

veterinary profession or the broader community. Applications accepted from
students enrolled in Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at
Murdoch in September each year by the Scholarships Office. (Value $1000)

Section 12
Veterinary Alumni After graduation, when you and your class
mates venture out into the workforce, we
Welcome to 2016. For over thirty years the encourage you to stay connected with
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences have Murdoch through the Alumni Relations Office.
been producing veterinary graduates who The Alumni Relations Office provides regular
are enjoying rewarding careers whilst opportunities for graduates to keep in touch
actively contributing to the development with each other and with the University,
of their profession. for personal and professional purposes.
More information can be found on the
You are now Alumni-in-training. On behalf Alumni Relations website:
of your future colleagues in the veterinary
profession: Welcome to the beginning of your
journey towards a veterinary career! The Veterinary Alumni Chapter works together
with the central Alumni Relations Office and
During your time as a student in the School is also a good point of contact to begin the
of Veterinary & Life Sciences strong bonds will organisation of reunions to relive old times and
develop between yourself and other students catch up with classmates.
in your own year as well as years above and
below you,and with your teachers also. The Veterinary Alumni Chapter can be
contacted on 9360 6342 or vetalumni@
Our Alumni are an important part of the
university mentoring, guiding and inspiring
undergraduates in their fledgling careers. At
the end of your student journey, you too will
be part of this special group, with the same
opportunity to inspire the next generation of
students to achieve their dreams.

Section 13
Computer Access for Students
The School provides computing facilities for Internet access for students
all its students. There are approximately 40
computers with access to the Murdoch Student Please refer to
Network and to the Internet. Upon enrolling, Access-and-passwords/Internet-access/#students
all students have a STUDENT user account
automatically generated for their use on the All students have a user account automatically
Student Network. Detailed information on login generated for their use whilst at Murdoch
and passwords can be found in the Student University. A user account provides a student
Online information booklet. with an email address, access to the Internet
and access to VPN/WiFi services. When
Student login names and passwords are students use the Internet on campus, Web
automatically loaded onto the Schools Local browser requests are passed to Murdochs
Area Network Server (LAN Server). Therefore, autocache and only if a file is not already held
the Schools computers can only be used by in the cache is the request passed beyond the
those students enrolled within the Veterinary Murdoch University Network.
and Life Sciences courses. You will also have
access to the Universitys General Computing
Student Internet use
facilities, as well as the Computing Laboratories
on levels 2 and 3 in the Veterinary and Life Students using the Internet at Murdoch
Sciences Education Centre (VBSEC), using your campuses are not charged for Internet usage.
initial login names and passwords.
Students may connect to the University
Internet Use Policy for Students Network via wireless access, using Eduroam.
Eduroam also enables students to
Please refer to the electronic copy in Policy and connect to the wireless networks at
Procedure ManagerTM [the electronic policy participating institutions.
management system (EPMS)] to ensure you are
referring to the latest version. https://policy. Monitoring and follow-up processes are in place to ensure services are not being abused.
In cases of abuse, restrictions may be put in
These conditions of use of the Universitys place for some individuals. Please review the IT
computing and networking facilities derive Conditions of Use (policy).
directly from standards of common sense and
common decency that apply to the use of any Students need to be aware of the statement on
shared resource. The University community Internet Access Requirements included in the
depends on a spirit of mutual respect and Universitys Handbook as regards availability
cooperation to resolve differences and resolve of access, ability to use computing devices and
problems that arise from time to time. This the type of Internet connection.
policy is published in that spirit. Its purpose
is to specify responsibilities and to promote
the appropriate use of IT for all members of
the University community for details refer: IT
Conditions of Use

Section 14
Important Information
Mail and Messages Murdoch has personal accident insurance
A student mail box is located outside the for all students. This insurance only covers
Student Common Room in the Veterinary a proportion of some non-Medicare medical
Clinical Sciences building and students should expenses, and an excess will be payable by
check the mail box daily. Please note that the you for any claim under the policy. If resulting
Schools Administration section will only accept medical costs are covered by Medicare, then it
urgent phone messages on behalf of students. will be your responsibility to make a Medicare
Messages taken by the Administration section claim in the normal way. Any Medicare gap
will be emailed direct to the student. payment will have to be met by you. If you
have private health cover or OSHC you must
Books and Equipment claim first through them. In some cases you
Books and equipment are purchased through may be able to claim some additional costs for
the MVSA. Please see a member of the MVSA non-Medicare items under the policy. If after
Purchasing Committee to place your order. 7 days from an injury you are still unable to
attend your normal place of work you may be
Lockers entitled to lodge a claim for assistance under
the Personal Accident policy.
Lockers are provided for Veterinary students
in the level 2 corridor outside the 2.015 All international and exchange students must
laboratories and level 3 balcony outside have Overseas Health Cover. All practicals
lecture theatre 3.023 in the Veterinary Biology attended in their own country of residence
building. There are locker hire fee of $15 ($10 must be covered by their own health care
Key deposit refundable +$5 Hire fee)for the policy of their home country. For all medical
locker from Joe Hong (Room 1.021, Veterinary expenses within Australia they should refer to
Biology building). their own policy. If students are travelling to
other countries then they may also have cover
Lost and Found
under the travel policy.
Items found should be handed in to the School
Office located in Veterinary Surgical Building All work experience needs to be approved
Level 2. Items which are lost can be collected by a member of staff from the school. If you
from the School office. If items are not claimed wish to undertake additional unpaid voluntary
within 5 days, they are sent to Universitys work placement you must obtain approval.
central lost property department, CFMO Office, Information and a form for completion is
contact Security Services, either in person availableat:
or by telephone on 9360 6262 or email Finance/Insurance - (go into the Insurance Guidelines and click on attachments and print
off the Student Work Experience form).
Student Medical Cover/Personal Accident
Insurance/Travel Insurance Once completed and signed off for
Please note that if you sustain an injury approval the form must be sent to the
resulting from an accident whilst engaged Insurance Administrator.
in a work placement on or off campus, any
resulting medical costs are payable by you,
rather than by the University.

Travel Insurance Please note the travel insurance DOES
Students may be entitled to travel insurance NOT cover staffor students who are not on
under the Murdoch Travel Policy when they commercial flights.
are travelling interstate, overseas or if you are
If you have any Insurance queries please
travelling more than 100km from your home
contact the Insurance Administrator Jenny
or University. (This does not apply if you are
Cameron on 08 9360 7280 or J.Cameron@
travelling home back to your own country
or state)
Additional information is also available on
Please contact the Insurance Administrator
the web:
to confirm.
Whilst engaged in a work placement, all
Access to Buildings after Hours
interstate, international and above the 26th
parallel travel needs to be entered in the travel There is 24 hour access to the Veterinary and
registry. Instructions are also in the Insurance Life Sciences building at the south entrance
Guidelines (attachments) link above. door and the three computer labs on level 2
(rooms VBS 2-108, 2-109) and level 3 (room
Below is the table students need to fill in 3-108). Also, there is 24 hour access via the
for placements that are already approved entrance door to the student common room/
but where they would like to access Travel library.
insurance. Please contact Jenny Cameron for a
copy of this Table contact details below. If you experience swipe card access
problems with your student card, please
contact security on 9360 6262 (24hrs) or

Your full name

Student number

Actual Travel dates

(refer to your travel itinerary)

Practical dates

Where you are going (full address)

For overseas and interstate students : Are you

attending in your home state or country of

For WA students -: Will you be travelling more than

100 km from your home or university?

Prac type

Section 15
Safety and Security Arrangements
Security closing electronic doors and locking others
after 6.00pm. Electronic doors are useless if
Security Escort Service propped open. Please close them.
Security Escort Service is available if either
students or staff are concerned for their personal
safety. Contact Security on 9360 6262. The Safety Committee of this School has been
established for your protection. However, it
Staff and Postgraduates can only achieve this with your co-operation.
Staff and Postgraduates have 24 hours access No protective device is of any value unless it
to their School buildings, resource areas and is used and no warning notice is of any value
own office and laboratories. All staff and unless it is obeyed.
postgraduates must carry their Murdoch ID
Science and Medicine can do remarkable
card. Postgraduates will not be admitted to
things but they cannot restore eyesight
another persons office without that persons
or resurrect the dead. Therefore, obey all
authority in writing. Staff will only be allowed
warning instructions and notices so that you
access to another persons office with written
do not unnecessarily endanger yourself or
authority and under the supervision of Security
your colleagues. Every conceivable risk and
who will lock the door after that person has
emergency cannot be covered in such a
left the room. All instances of staff accessing
complex and diversified School, but common
another persons office will be logged in the
sense and thought can minimise the number
Security Officer Report.
of personal accidents. Remember that safety is
Undergraduates everybodys business. Never use any piece of
equipment unless you have been instructed in
Except when attending lectures or tutorials, any
its use.
Undergraduate wishing to use facilities after
6.00pm must carry their Student ID card and Think before you act and if in doubt, ask
produce it if requested. Any undergraduate
The School Safety Committee can be consulted
without their student ID card will be asked to
on safety matters and members welcome
leave. Should the student refuse, the Security
suggestions and constructive criticism of safety
Officer will ask for the name, student number,
procedures within the Departments. The
staff members name (if present), note the
aims of the Safety Committee are not merely
room number and advise the person that
to improve safety awareness but to prepare
the matter will be reported in the Security
students for their possible responsibility in the
Occurrence book for further action which
future to implement safety measures in the
could result in future after hours access being
Public Liability
Lock-Up Times
Murdoch University has a Public Liability cover
The buildings are locked at 6.00pm where
for Veterinary students but students are advised
electronic access systems are fitted to doors,
to seek advice and to review their personal
otherwise they remain open until Security
insurance cover from the Student Guild or their
are available to lock them, and open at
own insurance company.
7.00am. Staff can assist in their security by

Clothing/Footwear Gas Cylinders
Appropriate clothing (eg laboratory coats, DO NOT operate any pressure equipment if
overalls etc.) must be worn in laboratories, you have not been instructed in its use. All gas
clinic and on the Farm. Footwear must be worn cylinders must be clamped or chained into
throughout all University science buildings. position.
Students without the appropriate footwear may
be excluded from practical classes or the clinic. First Aid Cabinets
Thongs or open-toed shoes must not be worn First aid cabinets are distributed throughout
in laboratories, clinics or on the farm as they the School. Do not take anything from the first
do not provide sufficient protection against aid cabinets except for genuine emergency use;
injury to the feet. Top clothing (eg raincoats report any deficiencies to a member of staff.
etc.) should remain outside the laboratory. Cuts, abrasions, etc. arising from laboratory
work, especially that involving animals, should
Name Badges be dealt with properly as soon as practicable.
Students in clinical rotations in fourth and All injuries must be reported to a member of
fifth year are required to wear name badges. staff and recorded in the University Incident
A new name badge (Veterinarian in training) Reporting system.
will be provided to all students at the start
of fifth year. Students losing their badge can Glass Containers/Broken Glass Containers
order and purchase a replacement from the All Winchesters must be carried in a
administration officer (Room VCS 1.095). Winchester carrier when being transported.
Never use cracked glassware. Broken glass must
Smoking and Eating be disposed of in specifically marked broken
Eating is prohibited in laboratories. Smoking is glass containers, available in all laboratories.
prohibited in Murdoch University buildings and
within 5 metres of entrances to all buildings. Safety Glasses
Safety glasses or face shields must be worn by
Laboratories all staff and students where such instructions
Students will normally not be allowed to work and situations arise.
in laboratories after hours, but will be allowed
to use the Library reading room facilities. It is Chemicals
often inadvisable to work alone in a building. All chemicals are potentially dangerous. All
Advise security at the library desk if you have bottles, flasks and other containers should be
to work alone. Ensure that all apparatus not in clearly labelled. Be sure you understand the
use is turned off before leaving the laboratory. compatibility of chemicals. Organic solvents
Always thoroughly wash your hands before should never be disposed of by emptying
leaving practical classes which involve the down the sink. Guidelines for laboratory
handling of chemicals, animals or biological personnel working with carcinogenic or highly
material. toxic chemicals are available.

Fire Wardens Explosions

The School has a number of fire wardens Reactions involving the risk of explosion should
whose instructions, following a fire alarm, are always be carried out in a fume cupboard
to be obeyed. behind a screen; goggles or face shields must
always be worn.

Electrical Safety the risk of infection by not eating or smoking, by
Everybody should concern themselves with the wearing protective clothing and covering or tying
subject of electrical safety. Check all electrical back long hair and always thoroughly washing
equipment and do not use the equipment with hands or any other part of the body which could
frayed or damaged insulation or connections. possibly become contaminated.

Solvents Vaccinations

Large quantities of inflammable solvents should All Veterinary students are advised to be
not be stored in laboratories. immunised against tetanus. Booster injections
for tetanus are due every five to ten years and
Winchesters containing solvents should be placed are available free through the University Health
in separate compartmented crates. Solvents should Service.
never be placed in domestic type refrigerators but
stored in explosion-proof refrigerators. Veterinary students are advised to ensure that
they are protected against Q-fever, a zoonotic
Explosion-proof refrigerators are located in: disease caused by Coxiella burnetii. Humans can
become infected from a variety of animals but
Veterinary Biology building in corridor near as cattle, sheep and goats are the main source
VBS 3.19B in corridor near VBS 3.33 of infection it is recommended that students are
Veterinary Clinical Science building protected before undertaking farm or abattoir
in VCS 2.31 experience. Q-fever vaccination is required only
once, and is only given after a blood test and
Biological Hazards a skin test has excluded pre-existing immunity.
Micro-organisms are commonly responsible for Testing is organised in March through the
laboratory acquired infections. It is therefore Travellers Medical and Vaccination Centre and
essential that high standards of hygiene be consists of 2 appointments a week apart. Costs of
maintained at all times. The wearing of a white the initial consultancy, where the blood test and
coat or similar protective clothing is not a status skin test are performed, are covered by Medicare,
symbol, so remove it before you go to the with review of the tests and vaccination (if
Common Room or when you leave the building required) undertaken at the second appointment.
as it may be contaminated. The cost of the vaccine is not covered by
Medicare and must be met by the student.
Animal Diseases Transferable to Humans
(Zoonoses) Good Housekeeping
Safety instructions issued in Microbiology, Knowledge of the job to be performed
Parasitology and Pathology laboratory sessions and good housekeeping are the two most
should be strictly observed. important factors in accident prevention. Good
housekeeping is more than cleanliness, it is
Animals can be an important source of zoonotic cleanliness and order.
agents, with people infected through bites,
contaminated cuts or via the eye, nose or mouth By keeping apparatus and equipment in its
and, in some cases, unbroken skin. Animal faeces proper place, both safety and efficiency are
can also contain infective agents. promoted. A clean and orderly building or
laboratory is an important fire prevention
When handling animals or any potentially measure, please assist in this regard.
contaminated material, it is important to minimise

Handling Animals
Incorrect handling of any animal particularly
In a Murdoch University Campus
one which is injured, frightened or nervous Emergency
can easily result in injury to the handler or the Internal call extn 333 or use a call button
animal. If you are uncertain about the correct
method of restraint or handling of an animal,
ask an appropriate member of staff. You should
always be concerned not only with your own
safety, but also the safety of animals in your
Remember, remain calm and think clearly,
Post Mortem Room
the life you save may be your own
A separate set of instructions has been issued
for this high risk area. Familiarise yourself with Details? - We need your details, name etc
them. Extension? - Number from which the call
is being made
Reporting Accidents/Hazards
Location? - The exact location of the
All accidents/hazards should be reported to emergency (eg. building, floor, room
a member of staff and logged in the online number)
University Incident Reporting System, no matter
Situation? - What type of emergency is it
how trivial they may appear, so that preventive
action may be taken. https://goto.murdoch. Condition? - What the condition of the injured person is (eg. conscious/
Vehicle Safety
The staff immediately activates the Murdoch
Students must not drive University or School
University Emergency Procedures. They contact
vehicles, unless specific permission has been
Security and Traffic Services and advise them
of the situation. They also contact any external
Personal Safety services or the nurse if required.
Students must render completely unusable any
syringe or syringe needle. Syringe needles,
scalpel blades and other sharp objects should be
discarded safely in clearly identified SHARPS bins.

Students must exercise the utmost care and

common sense in their use of drugs and
poisons and ensure that they are never left
lying around indiscriminately. When not in use,
always store under lock and key.

When the Universitys emergency contact

number Ext. 333 is dialled the call goes
through to a trained professional. The
caller should be ready with the following

Building Evacuation Procedures Opening Times
Warning Signal Veterinary Library
In the event of an emergency, a preliminary Opening hours for the Vet Library are between:
intermittent warning sound may be activated
whilst the emergency is being investigated. If Semester
the building is to be evacuated a continuous 8.00am 7.00pm
siren will be heard. When a continuous Monday to Thursday
siren sound occurs the building should be during semester
immediately evacuated.
8.00am 5.00pm
Action Required by Staff and Students before Friday during semester
evacuating the building:
1.00pm 5.00pm
Turn off bunsen burners, electrical Saturday
appliances, fume cupboards etc. Place
covers over equipment, if applicable. CLOSED
Close any open windows. Sunday
Pick up your personal belonging and
quickly, but calmly leave your work space.
Check that other personnel in your room 9.00am 5.00pm
are leaving with you. Close, but do not lock Monday to Friday
the door behind you. non-teaching periods

Take the most direct, safe route To leave Closed

the building, eg use the nearest stairwell if Saturday and Sunday
The Vet Learning Common is open 24/7
Do not use the lift. for Veterinary Science, Animal Science and
Veterinary Biology Building Assembly Point Biomedical Science students and staff and
Staff and students who have evacuated the postgraduates of the School only. A current
Veterinary Biology building should assemble in university ID card keyed for entry to the
the North East corner of the Veterinary Biology Veterinary Clinical Science Building is required.
Veterinary Museum
Veterinary Clinical Science Building Opening hours are between: 08.00am
Assembly Point 5.00pm during semester periods.
Staff and students who have evacuated the
Student Computer Laboratories
Veterinary Clinical Science building should
assemble and re-group in the South East corner Veterinary Biology Building: VCS 1.024, VBS
beyond the horse float parking bays. 2.108, VBS 2.109, VBS 3.108

The student computer rooms are open from

08.00 24.00

Veterinary Hospital
Opening hours are between: 08.30am
6.00pm Monday to Friday. An emergency
service is provided after hours.

Veterinary Farm
By arrangement with the Livestock Manager;
Mr Kim Thomas, Telephone: 9360 2473.

Veterinary Animal House

By arrangement with the Animal Housing
Manager, Mr Derek Mead-Hunter, Telephone:
9360 2223

CRICOS Provider Code 00125J / MD/JNo DW-786_2/16
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