Full Title:Animal Welfare and Husbandry
Module Code:ANMS S7005
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The student will become familiar with the nutrition, behaviour, transport, identification and welfare issues of production & companion animal species.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Select appropriate diets for healthy animals at various life & production stages.
  2. Advise owners & clients on the transport and identification requirements of animals
  3. Recognise normal and abnormal animal behaviours. Identify effective and appropriate behavioural modification strategies
  4. Assess the welfare of domestic animals and veterinary patients.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
1911 Cruelty to Animals Act & other relevant legislation.
Dog Breeding Establishments, Control of Horses, Equine Identification etc.
Recognising normal & abnormal animal behaviours. Principles of learning & training.
Diet selection for maintenance and production.
DAFM regulations regarding transport, welfare and disposal of fallen animals.
Animal identification systems:– tagging, branding, tattoos, microchips, passports.
Animal welfare workshop
Evaluation of commercial animal diets
Recording animal identification on veterinary practice software
Guest presentation from Local Authority Veterinary Officer and Animal Nutrition Industry
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
Project Research an aspect of inappropriate animal behaviour and produce an informative factsheet for colleagues in veterinary practice. This assignment is shared with the writing skills module. 3 50.00 0 0 Week 24 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 1,2,3,4 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 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical Animal nutrition, interpretation of dietary labels, diet selection and an animal welfare workshop. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading Relevant resources provided via Moodle 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bassert, J. and Thomas, J. 2014, McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th ed. Ed., Elsevier
  • Ackermann 2008, Companion Animal Nutrition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Agar, S. 2001, Small Animal Nutrition, Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier
  • Temple Grandin 2009, Making Animals Happy, Bloomsbury [ISBN: 1408800306]
  • Horowitz and Mills 2010, BSAVA Manual of Canine & Feline Behavioural Medicine, 2e Ed., BSAVA
  • Bowen, J and Heath, S 2005, Behaviour Problems in Small Animals: Practical advice for the veterinary team, Saunders Elsevier
  • Landsberg et al. 2003, Handbook of Behaviour Problems of the Dog and Cat, 2e Ed., Saunders
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Temple Grandin 2006, Animals in Translation, Bloomsbury [ISBN: 0747566690]
  • Temple Grandin 2009, Livestock Handling & Transport (Ebrary), 3rd ed. Ed. [ISBN: 9781845932190 (CASED) :]
  • Robert Miller 2010, Handling Equine Patients [ISBN: 0984462023]
  • Bradshaw, J. 2011, In Defence of Dogs, Penguin
  • Bradshaw, J. 2013, Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed, Allen Lane
  • Jan Fennell 2000, The Dog Listener
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Temple Grandin 2008, Safe Handling of Large Animals: parts I & II, Veterinary Ireland Journal, Oct & Nov 2008
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 4 Mandatory