Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram: Development of a national aquatic animal health curriculum for delivery by tertiary institutions
Adelaide Research and Innovation
Stephen B. Pyecroft
Principal Investigator: Stephen B. Pycroft
Key Words: Curriculum, Aquatic Animal Health, training, competencies, education, vocational, university, national, bench-marked
Summary: This report summarises the process and outcomes from an interactive workshop which was convened over 1.5 days in Adelaide in February 2014 to forward the possible development of a national aquatic animal health curriculum (NAAHC) for the education of undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational students, by representatives of the Australian aquaculture industry, state and federal governments, universities and vocational trainers.
Education of veterinary and non-veterinary scientists in the skills of AAH are currently ad hoc, sporadic and lack a central theme, reflecting more the expertise in the various institutions providing the education and training rather than a nationally recognised cohesive need for the relevant stakeholders.
Previous workshops and studies have indicated the need for a concise, coherent, well-resourced, stakeholder-directed curriculum to deliver a common aquatic animal health message. This project was the first step in the development of such a framework for teaching aquatic animal health.
1. A review of the need, scope and end user market for a national curriculum in aquatic animal health
2. An understating of the current content and provision of aquatic animal health education within the tertiary sector in Australia.