Module Identifier RS30610  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Anthony O'Regan  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Kate O'Sullivan  
Pre-Requisite RS23020  
Co-Requisite BS31820  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture per week  
  Other   2 x 2 hour practical visits per semester  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written examination  100%
Supplementary Exam2 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

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

Reading Lists

Aiello, S E (1998) The Merck veterinary manual 8th. Merck & Co
Blood D C and Studdert V P (1998) Saunders' comprehensive veterinary dictionary W B Saunders
Blowey R (1999) Veterinary book for dairy farmers Farming Press
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
Pavord T and Pavord M (1997) The complete equine veterinary manual David & Charles
RSPCA (1998-2003) RSPCA veterinary health plans: guidance notes RSPCA
Radostits O M, Blood D C and Gay C C (1994) Veterinary medicine Bailliere Tindall
Webster J (1993) Understanding the dairy cow Blackwell Scientific
Winter A and Charnley J (1999) Sheep keeper's veterinary handbook Crowood Press

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