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Unit information: Animal Management 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Animal Management 2
Unit code VETS20015
Credit points 0
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Ian Richardson
Open unit status Not open

All units in BVSc 1


All units in BVSc 2

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The unit Animal Management 2 complements and builds on Animal Management 1, which is taught in Year 1 and introduces students to husbandry systems, and practical 'hands on' management of the species of major veterinary importance.

Animal Management 2 will promote the knowledge and understanding of the management of the species not covered in Animal Management 1 (including exotics) and will provide students with basic knowledge of the sciences that underpin the breeding, feeding, behaviour and husbandry of animals to ensure efficient production, good health and welfare.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit students will have:

  • A general understanding of the principles of genetics as applied to veterinary medicine
  • An understanding of animal behaviour and its application to animal welfare and clinical contexts
  • An understanding of nutrition as applied to production and companion animals
  • An basic understanding of growth, feed utilisation and carcass quality
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of the principles of statistics, statistical methods, study design and data interpretation
  • A basic knowledge and understanding of epidemiological principles and evidence based veterinary medicine
  • The theoretical understanding of the care, management and handling of farm species not covered in Year 1, small mammals and the more common exotic species and the practical ability to safely and effectively handle these species.

Teaching details

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Group work on Directed Self-Education (DSE) tasks
  • Facilitated small and large group activities and problem solving exercises
  • Technology enhanced learning

Assessment Details

The assessments consist of:

End of unit examination: Students will sit a written/computer-based examination at the end of the year. These will test knowledge and understanding of material covered in the Animal Management 2 elements as well as interpretation and problem solving skills.

Coursework: Will include Directed Self Education (DSE) tasks such as presentations and written work.

The overall unit mark is made up of:

  • End of unit:
    • Written/computer based examination - 80%
    • Practical examination (similar in format to Animal Management 1) - must pass prior to entry into BVSc 4
  • Directed Self Education including written work, presentation/s - 10%
  • DSE report on an EMS placement - 10%

Note: Students will be provided with more information about the practical examination and the DSE tasks in the unit handbook and / or by the unit organiser at the start of the academic year.

Assessments will be mapped to the curriculum and will examine all the intended learning outcomes.

Passing Animal Management 2 is a requirement for progression to Year 3.

There will be an opportunity to re-sit the examinations in August / September

Reading and References

Appleby, M.C. ,Hughes, B.O., Mench, J.A. 2011. Animal Welfare. 2nd Ed. CAB International

Jensen, P. (Ed) 2009. The ethology of domestic animals: an introductory text. 2nd Ed. CAB International

Long, S.E. (2006). Veterinary Genetics and Reproductive Physiology. Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd

Nicholas, F.W., (2010). Introduction to Veterinary Genetics, 3rd Ed. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Mc Donald, Edwards, Greenhalgh and Morgan (1995). Animal Nutrition, 5th Ed. Longman Scientific & Technical

Lawrence, T., Fowler, V., Novakofski, J., (2012). Growth of Farm Animals, 3rd Ed. CABI Publishing

Swinscow, T.D.V., and Campbell, M.J., (2002) Statistics at Square One, 10th Ed. British Medical Journal Books.

Thrusfield, M., (1995). Veterinary Epidemiology, 2nd Ed. Blackwell Science.