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Unit information: Animal Management 2 in 2022/23

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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. Enriquez Hidalgo
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

All units in BVSc 1

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

All units in BVSc 2

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School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Unit Information

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.

Your learning on this unit

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.

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

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 - 100%, comprising
    • MCQ (50%)
    • SAQ (50%)
  • End of unit practical examination (similar in format to Animal Management 1) - Must Pass prior to entry into BVSc 3
  • Directed Self Education Task related to Stats & Epi - Must Pass
  • DSE task related to an EMS placement - Must Pass

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 during the resit period.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.