Animal Management 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 2
Topics may include; animal husbandry, applied animal health, nutrition, behaviour, enrichment, training, breeding and record keeping. Many sessions will be applied, looking at a range of examples from animal collections, aquaria and the farming industry. There will be a laboratory practical focusing on the analysis of faecal samples, collected from our University farm, Henfaes Research Centre. Seminar sessions will provide an insight from professionals working in the animal industry from a range of backgrounds, with the aim of enhancing employability within this specific sector, post-graduation. In the final part of the module, students will be required to develop and present a project based around the management of zoo animals. This will be incorporated into a visit to a popular animal collection.
-threshold -Awareness of the fundamentals underlying animal management, based on lecture material and practical sessions, but with limited or absent analytical ability. Some evidence of transferable skills and the ability to apply knowledge within the industry, but with limited or absent organisational and communication skills (Grade D or C; mark range 40-59%) -good -A good grasp of the fundamentals and demonstration of critical thought with evidence of additional reading and/or practice. An ability to present a coherent argument with clarity. A good appreciation of the main approaches employed in the management of animals within zoos, aquaria and the farming industry, with the ability to critically assess their suitability in a given situation. Good evidence of lifelong learning skills, demonstrating ability to work effectively with others. (Grade B; mark range 60-69%) -excellent -An excellent grasp of the fundamentals of the science and demonstration of the ability to analyse, critically assess, and present a coherent reasoned argument in relation to best practices in animal management. Demonstration of original thinking and advanced problem solving when evaluating and implementing research methods and husbandry practices. Additional evidence of lifelong learning skills such as ability to adapt to change and motivate others. (Grade A; mark range 70-100%)
- Demonstrate a comprehensive, scientific approach to the key concepts of animal management, through the synthesis and development of established and multidisciplinary knowledge.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the management of animal collections, particularly the purpose of species and their role in conserving biodiversity.
- Identify and develop target areas for personal continuous professional development, with the view of enhancing employability in a focused animal industry sector.
- Identify transferable management and husbandry practices across species.
- Undertake practical work focusing on animal health, including the critical evaluation and application of results.
Applied Animal Health Practical - Faecal Analysis. A 3-hour laboratory practical based on the analysis of faecal samples. Results must be critically evaluated and applied to animal health management - marks based on write-up submission.
Professional Industrial Development - CV task. Students will research a sector within the animal industry in which they would like to enter post-graduation. They will bring their CV and a person specification from a desired job role along to the employability workshop. Within the workshop, students will be grouped by desired job role, allowing them to reflect on the skills required for the position and identify target areas for continuous professional development. This assessment is designed to enhance and assist student employability in their chosen area of industry.
Zoo Project. Poster presentation or 5 minute speed talk for an evidence-based zoo project. Students must develop a rationale for both zoo and enclosure concept, applying their knowledge of zoo license legislative requirements. Students must also address specific animal, staff and visitor requirements, including but not limited to; behaviour, husbandry and welfare.