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Unit information: Farm Animal Science in 2014/15

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Unit name Farm Animal Science
Unit code VETS34018
Credit points 0
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Grogono-Thomas
Open unit status Not open

Completion of BVSc 2


All other units in BVSc 3 & 4 respectively

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Farm Animal Science (FAS) is one of four units which contribute to BVSc Year 4. The formal taught elements are undertaken in the 3rd and 4th years. Lectures are complemented by practical classes. FAS is followed by the Clinical Veterinary Science unit with core and track rotations and an elective, beginning in the summer term of 4th year and running through 5th year. There are written examinations in FAS at the beginning of the summer term in 4th year. Continuation into Clinical Veterinary Science is dependent upon passing the written examinations (pass mark = 50%).

Unlike most units within the BVSc programme, FAS does not contain elements of DSE but these appear extensively in the final year, to which it closely relates. All material within FAS is examinable within Clinical Veterinary Science, but the latter requires students to be able to integrate the knowledge from all previous units (including FAS) and apply them within the clinical environment.


The teaching conducted in the FAS unit aims to instil students with the knowledge of the more common medical and surgical conditions of farm animals, their aetiopathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The course emphasises the influence production systems have on the health and welfare of livestock. In so doing the unit provides background information that supports the teaching delivered in the Veterinary Public Health and Companion Animal Science unit.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FAS, students will be competent in the theory used to diagnose and treat the more common medical and surgical diseases of production animal species. Completion of final year is required to develop this knowledge to a level for clinical application, as required by the RCVS.

Teaching Information

Lectures, practical classes.

Assessment Information

4th year summer term

Two papers:

  1. Multiple choice questions (MCQ) - 1 hour
  2. Short answer questions (SAQ), 8 questions, all of which are compulsory - 80 minutes.

A minimum mark of 50% must be achieved in FAS to proceed to final year. Failure to achieve this will result in re-sit examinations in September.

Reading and References

See individual elements in handbook.