Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Principles of Veterinary Science
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 2 x 4 Hour Seminars
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 6 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Animal health seminar.  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  30%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify and define veterinary terminology

2. Discuss the difference between sick and healthy animals on the basis of behavioural changes and basic diagnostic parameters.

3. Describe common systemic diseases of domestic livestock and horses

4. Discuss preventative control measures available for these diseases.

Brief description

This module will cover the meanings of veterinary terminology, the causes of disease, the indicators of illness in different domesticated species, the methods of examination of individual sick animals as well as herds/flocks, and an introduction to the methods of diagnosis of disease.


This module will concentrate on the principles of veterinary science for livestock and horses. The aim is to develop students' knowledge and skills in basic aspects of domesticated animal health and welfare. Special emphasis will be given to the principles of epidemiology of common systemic diseases in these species. Current animal welfare guidelines along with the recommendations for the care of sick and injured animals and management of minor wounds will be discussed. Zoonoses and notifiable diseases will also be considered. Veterinary terminology related to all these areas will be covered in depth.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and the animal health planning report, where these will be assessed. Feedback will be given for the assignment.
Improving own Learning and Performance
Information Technology Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the seminar and the exam. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills The assignment and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment.
Subject Specific Skills Concepts relating to animal health will be developed. These will be assessed in the exam and in the assignment. Feedback will be given in the assignment
Team work The seminar presentations will be done in groups, where team working skills will be required.


This module is at CQFW Level 5