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Livestock Health and Production - MSc and Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate

About the course

This programme is designed for veterinarians, animal health specialists and livestock farmers. It addresses contemporary issues of livestock production using innovative and interactive teaching methods. Please note: a related programme in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health is also available.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Program Aims

Graduates of this programme will be able to improve the health and production of livestock through:

  • understanding the interaction of livestock with people and the environment
  • gaining an overview of the factors that influence livestock production
  • implementing control strategies by integrating this knowledge with the principles of epidemiology, economics and disease control within the context of management and infrastructure
  • communicating effectively on the health of animal and human populations to a range of audiences including the general public, farmers, politicians, and other key policy makers.

Structure and Syllabus

MSc: seven courses
Postgraduate Diploma: four courses
Postgraduate Certificate: two courses

Please note: students must commence their studies with the core modules.

MSc structure

Three compulsory core courses:
Animal disease (Current concepts)
Development and monitoring of livestock and production systems
Principles of livestock production
PLUS four further optional courses selected from:
Animal welfare*
Epidemiology and animal health economics
Economics for livestock development and policy
Management of infectious disease outbreaks in animal populations** 
Reproduction and fertility – a species approach
Research design, management and grant application writing†
Sustainable livestock farming in the environment*** (new for 2010)
Veterinary public health
Research project in livestock health and production

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