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Undergraduate Course: Animal Life & Food Safety GEP (BVMS08060)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe course comprises of:

Animal Husbandry
This will provide an understanding of how to care for and manage farm and companion animals so that the animal's requirements for good health and welfare are met.
Species covered include cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, dogs, cats, horses, small mammals, fish, reptiles, and caged birds.
Practical classes will be provided on the handling and restraint of domesticated animals.

Animal Nutrition

Animal Welfare

Animal Breeding and Genetics

Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine
This will cover causality, statistical thinking, disease quantification, the principles and application of diagnostic tests in surveillance and clinical practice, animal disease surveys and the critical evaluation of veterinary medical evidence.

Veterinary Public Health
This will outline the role of the veterinary surgeon in public health including topics of waste management, HACCP, stable to table, zoonoses, food borne pathogens and biosecurity.
Course description Course Objectives and Aims

1. To encourage veterinary students to acquire sufficient knowledge and understanding of animal health and husbandry to fulfil the current and future requirements of the veterinary profession.

2. To describe the principles of animal husbandry and the relationships between management, breeding, nutrition, environment, behaviour, health, welfare, productivity, food quality and food safety.

3. To train students to handle animals competently and safely.

4. To provide veterinary students with sufficient understanding of animal husbandry
- to maintain and improve the health and welfare of farm and companion animals;
- to contribute to the productivity, economic performance and ecological perspectives of the livestock and food industry
- to ensure that food producing and companion animals contribute to the social requirements and health of man.

5. To understand the widening role of the veterinary surgeon in public health, food safety and food security.

6. To give students a clear understanding of the principles behind the scientific approach.

7. Give students the basic tools to interpret scientific evidence critically to inform their clinical decisions.

8. To provide the basic principles and techniques for quantitative investigations in animal populations, including causal studies, field surveys, clinical trials and diagnostic techniques.

9. To provide the necessary skills to allow the rational application and interpretation clinical diagnostic tests.

10. To provide a foundation for clinical teaching within the veterinary curriculum.

11. To encourage professional development and communication skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 83, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 37, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Revision Session Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Placement Study Abroad Hours 400, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 51 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Feedback In Course Assessment feedback session.

An opportunity to review the Practical Handling Exam Assessment sheet.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets AprilAnimal Life & Food Safety (GEP) Written Paper2:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Life & Food Safety (GEP) Written Paper2:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students should be able to understand the basic principles of the husbandry and be able to safely handle farm animals, poultry, horses, cats, dogs and exotics. They should be able to recognise the common breeds of these animals.
  2. Students should be able to understand the basic facts of veterinary public health issues, state veterinary medicine, epidemiology and statistics.
  3. Students should have a basic understanding of the livestock industry and pet ownership.
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Course organiserMrs Catherine Aitchison
Course secretaryMiss Sopita Sritawan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6595
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