Module code: VMS2010

Module Overview

This module will build upon the Animals in Society 1 (AS1) module taught in Year One of the BVMSci programme. Students will gain more advanced skills in handling and restraint including clinical examination of the core species (cattle, sheep, horse, dog and cat), whilst considering biosecurity measures. This module will present core husbandry knowledge and handling skills in pigs, poultry, camelids, goats, fish, exotic and wildlife species and small mammals including rabbits and rodents. The use or purpose of these animal species and the UK and global industries will be covered. Students will continue to develop knowledge of animal husbandry focusing on processes, outcomes and audits undertaken during their extra-mural studies (EMS). The course will include practicals on animal handling, incorporating personal protection equipment and biosecurity.

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader

LINGARD Esther (Vet Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 114

Seminar Hours: 7

Practical/Performance Hours: 11

Captured Content: 18

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of Year 1 of the BVMSci programme

Module content

1. Biosecurity, welfare codes and legislation 2. Handling and husbandry systems in pigs, poultry, camelids, aquaculture, exotic species and small mammals – including their environmental, nutritional and welfare needs 3. Clinical examination and advanced handling of core animal species 4. Animal industries – to include pigs, poultry, camelids, goats and aquaculture in the UK Practicals Animal Practicals for handling, husbandry (including welfare and behaviour): These will done using the animal handling facilities at the vet school and also off campus visits to various locations. This will involve transporting the students venues by bus where the students will have the opportunity to gain experience in pigs, poultry, camelids, aquaculture, exotic and wildlife species.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test Online (Closed Book) In-Class MCQ Test Fixed Start Time (25 Minutes) 15
Oral exam or presentation EMS Audit Narrated PPT Presentation 15
Practical based assessment Online Portfolio Pass/Fail
Examination Online Online (Closed Book) MCQ and SAQ Exam Fixed Start Time (2 Hours) 70

Alternative Assessment

Resits for the EMS audit presentation and report will involve a 1000 word reflective essay ion a given husbandry scenario selected such the students demonstrate knowledge of the species area which they failed. Resits for the in-class SurreyLearn test will involve a second online test using different questions provided in the same format to be sat during the resit period. Resits for the Online Portfolio will involve an essay assignment of 1000 words, to outline the handling of a given species in a husbandry scenario provided

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their practical safe handling, their understanding of animal husbandry, behavior, and the welfare, nutrition in various species and general clinical examination in core species. The summative assessment for this module consists of: Practical Portfolio –0%; Students learn a defined essential range of advanced animal handling and restraint techniques in each of the core species, including complete general clinical examination. The portfolio has three completion assets which are ;1-animal handling and husbandry reflections for various species; 2-general clinical examination online learning activities for three core species; 3-Peer review of a simulated clinical examination in the three core species. Portfolio unit of assessment is pass/fail.

EMS Audit Presentation –students are required to devise and perform an audit of one of the facilities that they will visit during their EMS, and present their findings to their peers and examiners - 15% Online, in-class test on SurreyLearn – 15% Written Examination – 2hr exam during the formal exam period - 70% Formative assessment and feedback Formative verbal feedback during first handling practical for each species – 0%

Module aims

  • More advanced skills in the safe animal handling and restraint in core species, including clinical examination, whilst considering biosecurity measures.
  • A detailed knowledge of husbandry practices, nutrition, behaviour and handling techniques in pigs, poultry, camelids, fish, exotic and wildlife species and small mammals including rabbits.
  • An insight into the pig, poultry, camelid, goat and aquaculture industries in the UK
  • A deeper knowledge of how audits can be used to measure, manange and monitor husbandry

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 LO 4.1 Describe the husbandry requirements for animals to include basic environmental and nutritional needs (C, K) KC RCVS 2, 5, 22, 37, 41, 43, 45 RCVS KU 3, 9
002 LO 4.2 Assess the welfare and ethics of animals kept in a variety of husbandry systems, and associated legislation (C, K) KC RCVS 2, 5, 14, 22, 37, 41, 42, 43 RCVS KU 3, 4, 9, 7
003 LO 4.3 Handle, restrain, move and lift animals using approved handling techniques that consider the behaviour and welfare of the animal (K, T, P) KPT RCVS 1, 5, 16, 27, 41
004 LO 4.4 Ensure appropriate hygiene procedures are followed when handling animals and use appropriate protective clothing (K, T, P) KPT RCVS 1, 5, 16, 40, 45 RCVS KU 9, 10
005 LO 4.5 Perform a complete clinical examination of the core veterinary species (K, T, P) KPT RCVS 12, 27, 29

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: Students will build upon the knowledge and skills gained in the AS1 module, and will be taught more advanced handling skills and complete clinical examination in the core veterinary species using online learning resources and peer review. Students will develop an understanding of the husbandry and handling of pigs, poultry, camelids, fish, exotic and wildlife species, and will gain insight into these industries in the UK. This will incorporate the nutrition, welfare and behaviour of these species. The learning and teaching methods include: 33 hrs lectures, 21 hours animal handling practicals, 5 hours online Panopto teaching & 3 hours for husbandry audits for a total of 62 contact hours

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A 50% weighted aggregate with one or more units of assessments having to be passed at 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.