Full Title:Animal Husbandry
Module Code:ANMS S7006
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module introduces the nutrition, routine care and housing requirements of domesticated animals, with the emphasis on the large animal species commonly encountered as veterinary patients in Ireland.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Assess the health status and body condition score of large animals
  2. Select appropriate accommodation, bedding and foodstuffs for large animal patients
  3. Restrain animals effectively and perform routine animal husbandry skills
  4. Describe the major Irish farm animal and equine production systems

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Large animal species & breed characteristics, coat colours and markings.
Emphasis on the common species and breeds found in Ireland.
Environmental requirements: ventilation, stocking rates, drainage, feed & water sources, temperature & humidity.
The student should be able to select appropriate veterinary accommodation and provide a warm, clean and comfortable patient environment.
Housing design & handling facilities
Emphasis on safe, efficient and appropriate animal restraint and handling.
Provision of suitable accommodation and bedding for large animals, plus effective cleaning & disinfection.
Assessment of patient comfort and appropriate hygiene and infection control strategies.
Selection of suitable forage and concentrate feed sources for farm animals and horses
Provision of a diet that is suitable for the animal's breed, production status and health. Identification and quality assessment of common large animal foodstuffs.
Routine care & husbandry procedures e.g. castration, tail docking, dehorning, dosing, stomach tubing etc.
Safe and hygienic performance of routine husbandry procedures. Identification and correct use of specific large animal equipment.
Basic pasture and grassland management; care and maintenance of hospital paddocks.
The basic principles of grass growth and management of hospital paddocks.
Overview of Irish large animal production systems.
Irish beef, dairy, sheep, pig and poultry industries. The keeping of horses, poultry and "back yard pets".
Performed primarily at Ballyhaise Agricultural College plus some tutorials at DkIT.
Vaccination, worming and other routine husbandry tasks of farm animals.
Evaluation of feeding and housing methods for companion & production animals.
Handling & restraint of large animals.
Clinical examination & assessment of body condition scores
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
Written Report A written report will be completed following the Ballyhaise farm placement. This assesses clinical examination, evaluation of animal accommodation and student reflection on the learning experience. 1,3 25.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Oral Examination/Interview A 5 minute oral exam will assess the student's ability to identify animal breeds, equipment & foodstuffs. This examination introduces the student to practical and oral examinations, which will be developed into competency assessments later in the course. 2,3,4 5.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Project Each student will prepare a "how to" guide on an aspect of large animal husbandry for their peers. 2,3 20.00 0 0 Week 11 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 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.
Reassessment Description
Students who do not complete the practical skills training may have to repeat attend the module.

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 Prior reading lecture notes are provided on Moodle. The lectures focus on the application of the content in the notes to the nursing care of large animal patients and client interactions. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading A reading list and learning resources are provided on Moodle. The students are encouraged to identify gaps in their large animal experience to date and focus their reading on these areas. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Residential week at Ballyhaise Ag. College 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Kristin Holtgrew-Bohling 2015, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 3rd ed. Ed., Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 0323341136]
  • Joanna Bassert 2011, McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 7th ed. Ed., Mosby Elsevier [ISBN: 1416057005]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Teagasc, Teagasc Farm Manuals
  • Kristin Holtgrew-Bohling 2010, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed., Elsevier Mosby [ISBN: 0323077323]
  • Temple Grandin 2008, Humane Livestock Handling [ISBN: 1603420282]
  • Robert M. Miller 2010, Handling Equine Patients: a handbook for veterinary students and veterinary technicians, Robert M. Miller Communications [ISBN: 0984462023]
  • Elizabeth Hanie 2006, Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, Elsevier Mosby [ISBN: 0323028551]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
Dk_SVETN_7 Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing 2 Mandatory