Full Title:Animal Reproduction & Applied Microbiology
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ANMS S7010
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide the student with an overview of animal reproduction and breeding. It will also cover a case-based approach to biosecurity and infection control.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the breeding and reproductive cycles of a range of domestic animal species.
  2. Address common client queries about animal breeding, reproductive diseases and breeding control methods.
  3. Apply the principles of assisted reproduction techniques to a range of domestic animal species.
  4. Apply the principles of biosecurity and infection control to common veterinary disease control scenarios.
  5. Select and apply microbiology diagnostic procedures for the examination of veterinary specimens.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of breeding methods and the oestrus cycle in domestic animals.
Revision of reproductive physiology plus oestrus detection and breeding methods.
Reproductive disease control.
Common and/or significant sexually transmitted diseases in domestic animals. Diagnostic tests (serology and reproductive tract sampling). Aseptic preparation of the perineum.
Assisted reproductive techniques.
Semen collection methods, extending, chilling and freezing of semen samples. The principles of embryo collection and transfer.
Management of the pregnant animal.
Provision of a suitable diet and environment for pregnant animals. Identification and nursing care of common pregnancy-related illnesses.
Parturition and problems associated with abnormal birth.
Identification and management of dystocia. The role of the veterinary nurse in assisted deliveries.
Post natal care of the dam and neonate.
Management of the normal neonate and dam. Identification and management of common post-partum illness and disease.
Biosecurity and disease control
Principles of biosecurity, disease prevention strategies, effective cleaning and disinfection, selection and characteristics of biocides.
Microbial environmental monitoring
Survival and transmission of infectious agents in the environment, microbiological monitoring of air, surfaces and liquids using a variety of methods e.g. settle plates, air pump, swabs, dip slides, contact plates, swab rinse kits, ATP bioluminescence. Water testing.
Pathogen isolation and characterisation
Case studies involving the isolation, identification and antimicrobial profiling of selected pathogens from clinical specimens e.g. Stapylococcus species, Enterobacteriaeceae and Pseudomonas species.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Short answer questions on reproduction and biosecurity/infection control. 1,3,4 15.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical classes will cover reproductive techniques and primarily artificial insemination, microbiology and infection control. 2,4,5 25.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Project Animal reproduction fact sheet and presentation to a group of peers. Group work element. 1,2 10.00 0 0 Week 6 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 3,2,1,4 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Key microbiological and reproductive practical skills will be used to investigate veterinary case studies. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Simpson, G, England, G and Harvey, M. 2010, BSAVA manual of canine and feline reproduction and neonatology, 2nd ed. Ed., BSAVA [ISBN: 1905319193]
  • Linda Caveney, Barbara Jones, Kimberly Ellis 2011, Veterinary Infection Prevention and Control, 1st Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-0-8138-1534-3]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Terry Blanchard 2011, Manual of equine reproduction, 3rd ed. Ed., Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 0323064825]
  • M. C. G. Davies Morel. 2003, Equine reproductive physiology, breeding, and stud management, 2nd ed. Ed., eBook: ebrary Inc. [ISBN: 9780851997742]
  • Christine A. Petersen, Glenda Dvorak, Anna Rovid-Spickler 2008, Maddie's Infection Control Manual for Animal Shelters for Veterinary Personnel, 1st Ed., CFSPH Iowa State University [ISBN: 9780974552576]
  • Joanna M. Bassert, Dennis M. McCurnin. 2010, McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 7th ed. Ed., Elsevier [ISBN: 1416057005]
  • P. J. Quinn, B. K. Markey, F. C. Leonard, P. Hartigan, S. Fanning, E. S. FitzPatrick 2011, Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease, 2nd Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1405158237]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • BVNA Various, Veterinary Nursing Journal
  • Veterinary Ireland Various, Veterinary Ireland Journal
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 6 Mandatory