Course code Vete2018

Credit points 3

Animal and Environmental Hygiene III

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes36

Independent study hours60

Date of course confirmation18.05.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Food and Environmental Hygiene

Course developers

author lect.

Ance Kozulāne

Professional programme(līm.)

author lect.

Alīna Kļaviņa

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

Vete2017, Animal and Environmental Hygiene II

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 - exam. Working skills with instructions of animal welfare which are developed by Food and veterinary service and the Ministry of agriculture – practical work. Competences to assess animal welfare indices at the animal farms - KEGA.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Animal welfare during transportation – 3 h lectures and 5 h practical work
2. Welfare and laws for keeping pets – 3 h lectures and 4 h practical work
3. Shelter animal welfare – 3 h lectures and 5 h practical work
4. Trušu labturības prasības, mītnes iekārtojums un tās novērtēšana - 3h lekcijas un 4h praktiskie darbi
5. Fur animal (mink, fox) welfare - 3 h lectures and 5 h practical work
6. Welfare of laboratory animals, 3Rs principles - 3 h lectures and 4 h practical work
7. Welfare of exotic animals kept like pets - 3 h lectures and 4 h practical work
8. ZOO tasks and animal - 3 h lectures and 5 h practical work

Requirements for awarding credit points

Clinical and epidemiological case analysis work (KEGA) and successfully completed exam.
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

Clinical and Epidemiological Case Analysis (KEGA) work is study on one farm which student can find by himself. Farm with minimum 5 animals. The work consists of the following chapters: introduction, short theoretical aspect about chosen animal species, description and analyze of farm, results and suggestions.
After submitting electronic form of the paper, it should be presented orally with an illustrated PowerPoint presentation of 5 to 7 minutes, expressing the most relevant information on subject, answering questions and justifying the information provided. The work must be submitted and defended within the deadline set by the course supervisor.

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 and KEGA work 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. Jelgava, 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: [skatīts 21.02.2019]. 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. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

3. AWIN welfare protocols


Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine