Course code Vete2017

Credit points 1

Animal and Environmental Hygiene II

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours20

Date of course confirmation18.05.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Course developers

author Klīniskais institūts

Ance Kozulāne

Professional programme(līm.)

author tēma LAD18 - "Ārstniecības augu ekstraktus saturoša pretparazitārā fitolīdzekļa izstrāde" (Nr.18-00-01620-000028)

Alīna Visocka

second level professional higher educational programme(līm.)

Prior knowledge

LauZ1019, Forage Production and Animal Nutrition I

LauZ2028, Forage Production and Animal Nutrition II

Vete2016, Animal and Environmental Hygiene I

Vete4104, Forage Production and Animal Nutrition III

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

Students are learning about animal welfare, hygiene and biosecurity principals in farms. During the year several animal species is being reviewed.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge about animal house microclimate physical, chemical and biological components, drinking water and animal feed quality – test. Working skills with instructions of animal welfare which are developed by Food and veterinary service and the Ministry of agriculture – analyse 2 articles. Competences to assess animal welfare indices at the animal farms – practical work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction about animal welfare, hygiene, history
2. Climate, microclimate in farm, safe food; practical work - 5 welfare freedoms
3. Biosecurity meaning and principles
4. Animal welfare, hygiene in Latvia and EU legislation; practical work – Animal protection law
5. Welfare of cows;
6. Cow welfare indicators in farm; practical work – planning of farm biosecurity and layout
7. Welfare of calves
8. Welfare of sheeps; practical work – tail docking in lambs
9. Welfare of goats
10. Welfare of horses; practical work – food quality and it’s meaning in animal health
11. Welfare of laying hens and broiler chickens
12. Welfare of geese and ducks; practical work – welfare of ostrich
13. Animal welfare in slaughterhouses
14. Welfare of pigs; practical work – air quality and meaning in animal health
15. Feeding of pigs
16. Final test; practical work – journal club

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully completed final test and 2 summaries from articles. Absence of lectures and practical works are not more than 30% of the total number of lessons.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students need to find 2 articles about animal welfare or hygiene and write a summary. In the end of the semester students present them orally.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Student skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the tasks of the practical work.
Study course tests are evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10-point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.
To get the final grade of the study course "passed", final test and KEGA work must be evaluated with a successful grade.

Compulsory reading

1. Lindberga Z. Higiēna. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1991. 367 lpp. 2. Labas lauksaimnīcas prakses nosacījumi Latvijā. Latvijas Republikas Zemkopības ministrija. Rīga, 2008. 66 lpp. 3. Wathes C. M., Corr S. A., May S. A., McCulloch S. P., Whiting M. C. Veterinary & Animal ethics. Wiley-Blckwell, 2013. 315 p. 4. Green M. Dairy Herd Health. UK: University of Nottingham, 2012.

Further reading

1. Guide to good dairy farming practice. Animal Production and Health Guidelines. No. 8. Rome. Pieejams: 2. Yeates J. Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. 206 p. 3. Siliņa A., Arbidāns D., Jonkus D., Keidāne D., Piļiena K. Kazkopības rokasgrāmata. Ozolnieki, 2015. 76 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

3. AWIN welfare protocols


Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine.