Tropical animal science has become an area of global importance as world trade continues to expand. The challenge of future research is to develop better methods for improving production in all livestock species within tropical regions.
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Tropical animal science covers the field of animal nutrition, welfare, and production with the aim of improving productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments. You can study a specialist area to further develop your career prospects.
James Cook University has:
- Purpose-built emergency veterinary clinic including operating theatres and radiology facilities
- Anatomy and biomedical science teaching and research laboratories, including housing for small, large and aquatic animals
- Veterinary teaching facilities in Atherton, Malanda, Townsville and Charters Towers.
Tropical animal science focuses on animal health and reproduction in tropical climates. Study areas may include:
- Animal nutrition
- Applied pathology
- Aquatic pathobiology
- Epidemiology and biometrics
This course is for graduates from agricultural science, animal science, rural science, and science or related degrees who want to specialise in tropical animal health and reproduction.
Master of Tropical Animal Science
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree in Animal Science; or
Completion of qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Post admission requirements
Q Fever immunisation:
Students must provide evidence of being immune to Q Fever within the first teaching period of their studies. Students who are not immune to Q fever will not be permitted on-site at some facilities and consequently this may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Tropical animal science has become an area of global importance as world trade continues to expand and the challenge of future research is to develop better methods for improving production in all livestock species within tropical regions.
Tropical animal science covers the field of animal nutrition, welfare, and production with the aim of improving productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.
Graduates of the Master of Tropical Animal Science will be able to:
Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of tropical animal science and related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks
Demonstrate an integrated understanding of tropical animal science and its application to improve human quality of life by means of increased and cost effective food production in tropical regions
Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to reflect critically on theory and professional practice
Design, plan and ethically execute a research project related to tropical animal science
Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence
Prepare a dissertation on a topic related to tropical animal science and compare and contrast the results obtained with those reported in the literature
Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through selection and integration of available subjects in tropical animal science
Interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.
|Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.|
|Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.|
TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health
TV5020:03 Animal Production
TV5040:03 Epidemiology 1
TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing
TV5311:12 Research and Dissertation
TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition or SC5901:03 Special Topic 1
Select 9 credit points of specified subjects from List 1
TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology
TV5130:03 Advances in Veterinary Parasitology
TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management
TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology
TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology
MI5000:03 Biomedical Epidemiology
MI5071:03 Tropical Microbial Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
18 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
24 credit points for the JCU Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science; or
18 credit points for other studies.
Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
MASTER OF TROPICAL ANIMAL SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable – this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science. Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science.
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.