Module Identifier RS22810  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Mark Dagleish  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite RS10510 , RS11010  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   70%  
  Assignment     30%  

Aims of the module
This module aims to develop students' knowledge and skills in basic aspects of animal health and welfare. Special emphasis will be given to the prevention and control of common systemic diseases in individual animal and on herd basis. Animal welfare guidelines along with the recommendations for the care of sick and injured animals and management of minor wounds will be discussed. This module will also provide information of direct relevance to other modules in animal science and production.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to

i) Identify veterinary terminology

ii) Distinguish between sick and healthy animals on the basis of behavioural changes and by recording 3 basic
diagnostic parameters (temperature, pulse and respiration).

iii.) Describe common systemic diseases of farm animals.

iv) Discuss preventative control measures available for these diseases.

v) Apply knowledge of animal welfare to provide better environment for animals on the farm and during transport.

vi) Administer first aid to an injured animal

vii) Write and convey reports on the condition of a sick animal.

Syllabus / Curriculum design
i) Glossary of veterinary terminology.

ii) Causes of disease.

iii) Signs of illness in different species of animals.

iv) Examination of an individual sick animal and examination of the herd.

v) Methods of diagnosis.

vi) General systemic conditions, e.g. tox?mia, hypothermia, hyperthermia, dehydration, acid-base balance (acidosis/alkalosis), conditions associated with nutritional status, causes of weight loss, immune deficiency disorders, localised infections.

vii) Prevention and control of general systemic diseases on individual and herd basis.

viii) Transport and housing of livestock - welfare guidelines

Reading Lists
Radostits, O M. (1994) Veterinary medicine. 8th. Bailliere
(1991) The Merck Veterinary Manual. 7th. Merck & Co., Inc. Rahway, USA
Webster J. (1993) Understanding the dairy cow. 2nd. Blackwell Scientific Publications, London
Farm Animal Welfare Council. (1983) Code of recommendations for the welfare of livestock. (Cattle PB 0074, Sheep PB0078, Pigs PB 0080, Goats PB 0081, Domestic Fowls PB 0076). Minisrty of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London.

Veterinary Record. Published by BVA
In practice (Supplement to Veterinary Record).. Published by BVA