Module Information

Module Identifier
VE10430
Module Title
Animal Husbandry
Academic Year
2021/2022
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Pre-Requisite
Core for BVSc Veterinary Science – not available for any other student
Co-Requisite
Core for BVSc Veterinary Science – not available for any other student
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment .67 Hours   Individual oral assessment including practical animal handli  Individual oral assessment including practical animal handling components - 4 x 10 minutes (10 minutes per species)  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  Exam  All VE modules to be in one week of exams (confirmed by TW, PVC)  60%
Supplementary Assessment .67 Hours   Individual oral assessment including practical animal handli  Individual oral assessment including practical animal handling components - 4 x 10 minutes (10 minutes per species)  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  Exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Recognise and analyse normal animal behaviours, particularly those relating to emotional state (e.g. fear, anxiety) common to all species.

Safely and effectively approach, catch and restrain individual animals from key species encountered during the module

Perform routine husbandry procedures on key species encountered during the module

Evaluate the basic welfare status of animals as individuals and in groups.

Explain the scientific and practical principles underlying common husbandry practices of familiar 
domestic animal species.

Explain the nutritional basis of feeding animals, and apply basic nutritional principles in evaluating a diet.

Outline the production cycle (“field to fork”) in common food-producing enterprises and public-health risks in a typical food animal production 
enterprise.

Explain the decision-making processes in livestock farming and the economic and production principles underlying successful farming

Brief description

Animal Husbandry is an introduction to animal care and the role animals play in our societies. During your veterinary degree, animal husbandry will underpin all other courses that relate to animals.

The Animal Husbandry module is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the behavioural, welfare, management, production, nutritional and economic principles that underpin husbandry systems.

Content

This module aims to provide you with practical and an up-to-date understanding of how best to care for and handle animals. The module consists of concepts and species-specific information. The concepts aim to give a ‘big picture’ approach to animal care. They are applicable to most or all domestic animal species and include:
Agribusiness, Animal behaviour, Care and housing, Domestication, Nutrition, Veterinary Public Health, Animal Welfare and Zoonoses
Species-specific teaching integrates closely with the concepts but introduces more detailed information for particular species:
Cattle Husbandry
Sheep Husbandry
Horse Husbandry
Pig & poultry Husbandry
Dog & Cat Husbandry
Small Mammal Husbandry
Exotic animal husbandry
Camelid & goat husbandry

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. This aspect is not assessed.
This is not a major component of this module.
Small group learning will encourage students to communicate, assess and present information as a team. This aspect is not assessed.
Small group learning/Practical classes, coursework and exams will involve problem solving.
During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary terminology, husbandry practices and animal handling. These will be assessed.
Students will develop effective written and oral communication skills in the examination and coursework where these will be assessed. Feedback for this coursework will be given.
Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Not a significant component of this module

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4