Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Animal Breeding (VETS10027)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the history, scientific basis and principles of animal breeding, focussing mainly on the genetic improvement of farmed animals. The course examines the translation of these principles into practical breeding programmes in the major farmed species (poultry, pigs, cattle, sheep, fish), including the use of new technologies.
This course examines the history, scientific basis and principles of animal breeding, focussing mainly on the genetic improvement of farmed animals. The course examines the translation of these principles into practical breeding programmes in the major farmed species (poultry, pigs, cattle, sheep, fish), including the use of new technologies. The course covers:
- Animal breeding history and key principles
- Strategies for genetic improvement
- Conservation of farm animal genetic resources
- Role of molecular, reproductive and phenotyping technologies
- Breeding programmes in major farmed species
- Challenges and opportunities in low and middle income countries
- Sustainable animal breeding.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the key principles of animal breeding programmes and their application in practice.
- Evaluate the contributions of science and technology to animal breeding.
- Critically evaluate the sustainability of breeding programmes.
- Design a sustainable animal breeding programme.
|Essential: Genetic improvement of farm livestock. [Title TBC]. Simm, Pollott, Mrode, Houston & Marshall (2020). CABI|
- OMIA - ONLINE MENDELIAN INHERITANCE IN ANIMALS - Catalogue/compendium of inherited disorders, other (single-locus) traits, & genes - Prof Frank Nicholas, University of Sydney
- Inc 'Landmark' genetics papers at http://omia.angis.org.au/key_articles/landmarks/
- AHDB Dairy Breeding & Genetics https://dairy.ahdb.org.uk/technical-information/breeding-genetics/
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Enquiry and lifelong learning
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
|Keywords||Animal breeding; genetics; genetic improvement; farm animal genetic resources; breeding programmes
|Course organiser||Prof Geoff Simm
Tel: (0131 6)51 7437
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 7454