Module code: VMS4002

Module provider

School of Veterinary Medicine

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment: Resits for practical presentations and reports will consist of a written assignment.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of all previous units of the BVMSci 

Module overview

This module combines the previous knowledge gained by the student by body system, with husbandry and management of the animal into the context of intensively raised animals (pigs, poultry, fish, bees) and laboratory animals raised for research, at the various stages of the animal’s life cycle.

The emphasis will be on maintaining herd/flock/colony health, welfare and productivity, through a proactive approach to population health management working in partnership with managers and owners.

Module aims

Apply existing knowledge, clinical and professional skills to intensive production and laboratory animal practice across the different stages of the production cycles, for pigs, poultry, fish, bees and laboratory animals raised for research.

Develop a rational, problem solving approach to the common presentations in intensive production and lab animal species at an individual and herd/flock/colony level.

Indicate the role of the veterinary surgeon in leading a proactive, evidenced-based, and cost-effective approach to herd/flock/colony management, including prevention and control, through partnership with managers and owners.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Managing for herd/flock/colony health, welfare and productivity.
The vet as an educator and welfare advocate including the 3Rs and the five freedoms.
Preventative veterinary medicine in intensively reared and laboratory animals raised for research, including flock/herd/unit health monitoring and disease prevention strategies.
Clinical examination and inspection of intensively reared animals.
Problem solving at a population level including interpreting diagnostic test results.
Managing common diseases in intensively reared animals throughout their lifecycle including management, nutritional and growth related disorders.
Intensive production animal therapeutics and responsible medicines use.
Recognising when euthanasia is appropriate and how to perform it humanely.
Assessment and management of disorders in intensively farmed animals that are kept for backyard or companion uses (pigs & poultry).
One health – protecting the public and the food chain from zoonoses.
Sustainability of intensive livestock production.
The Named Veterinary Surgeon (NVS)


Presentations and Practicals – 12 hours

Poultry diagnostics and backyard techniques

Intensive livestock farm visit

Laboratory animal welfare

Self-directed clinical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide students with opportunities to:

Develop, reinforce and apply essential clinical and professional skills in intensive and laboratory animal practice.
Develop, reinforce and apply problem-solving skills at a population (and sometimes individual) level through case based learning.
Practice communicating about health and welfare related issues in intensive production animal practice.
Gain a deeper understanding of the role of the veterinarian as an animal care advocate in intensive and laboratory animal practice.
Reinforce a holistic view of care of intensive production animals including nutrition, husbandry and welfare.
Develop, rehearse and perform day one clinical skills, in the context of simulation training and making use of live animal resources if appropriate.
Take responsibility for their own independent learning and develop skills in reflective practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (including flipped classroom)
Small group practical teaching
Case based learning
Self-directed individual and group learning

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Problem-solving and case-management skills at a population (and sometimes individual) level.

Knowledge of production animal health management protocols.

Communicate with the client.

Understanding of the relationships between life-stage, disease risk and preventative strategies, health and welfare.

Demonstrate day one clinical skills, in the context of simulation training and making use of live animal resources if appropriate, within a must-pass clinical skills portfolio.


Thus, summative assessment for this module consists of:

Written examination (70%)

Written reports (30%)

Group written case report (15%)

Clinical pathology report (15%)

MUST PASS 80% of the components within the clinical skills portfolio (OSCE’s)


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative MCQ’s on Surreylearn

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Veterinary Medicine and Science BVMSci (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 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 2017/8 academic year.