Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Other 2 x 2 hour practical visits per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written examination  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply fundamental knowledge in immunology and parasitology to provide a greater understanding of disease development.

2. Describe and critically discuss major infectious diseases of farm and/or companion animal species.

3. Identify and critically assess measures for prevention and control of infectious diseases.

4. Discuss notifiable diseases from a immunological perspective.

5. Identify and describe zoonotic diseases and critically evaluate the measures which could be taken to minimise the risks of infection to humans.

6. Discuss relevant legislation pertaining to notifiable diseases in the UK.


To give students of Equine, Animal, Biological and Agricultural Science an understanding of advanced principles of animal health in farm and/or companion animal species.

Brief description

This module will deal with advanced aspects of animal health and welfare in both farm and companion animal species. Special emphasis will be given on the prevention and control of bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases prevalent in the United Kingdom. Notifiable and zoonotic diseases will also be discussed.


This module will cover the following subject areas:

a. Prevention and control of infectious diseases.
b. Diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies.
c. Diseases of the reproductive system.
d. Diseases of the newborn.
e. Notifiable diseases.
f. Zoonotic diseases.
g. Specific bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases of farm and companion animal species.

It should be noted that the structure of this module will adhere to the 'root and branch' model where core elements will be taught to all students followed by optional lectures that allows individuals to develop their own species-specific interests more relevant to their degree scheme. Optional lectures will focus either on farm animal or companion animal species.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Written communication - exam
Research skills Research into veterinary diseases, control and treatment, using peer reviewed journal sources in preparation for exam

Reading List

Aiello, S E (1998) The Merck veterinary manual 8th Merck & Co Primo search Blood D C and Studdert V P (1998) Saunders' comprehensive veterinary dictionary W B Saunders Primo search Blowey R (1999) Veterinary book for dairy farmers Farming Press Primo search Farm Animal Welfare Council (2003) Code of recommendations for the welfare of livestock (Cattle PB0074, Sheep PB0078, Pigs PB0080, Goats PB0081, Domestic fowls PB0076) HMSO Primo search Pavord T and Pavord M (1997) The complete equine veterinary manual David & Charles Primo search RSPCA (1998-2003) RSPCA veterinary health plans: guidance notes RSPCA Primo search Radostits O M, Blood D C and Gay C C (1994) Veterinary medicine Bailliere Tindall Primo search Webster J (1993) Understanding the dairy cow Blackwell Scientific Primo search Winter A and Charnley J (1999) Sheep keeper's veterinary handbook Crowood Press Primo search Equine Veterinary Journal In Practice (Supplement to Veterinary Record) The Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology Veterinary Journal Veterinary Record


This module is at CQFW Level 6