Principles of managing animals in typical production systems for biological and economic sustainability: poultry, pigs; rabbits; deer; goats and sheep; beef and dairy cows and novel species. Best management practices for their efficient and profitable production: nutrition, reproduction and fertility, housing and equipment, waste management technologies.
Food chain management from primary production to consumer use. Trends and current issues related to production and consumption of animal products: meeting the needs of a global market and public concerns.
Prevention and control of farm animal disease. Management of disease risks. Principles of vaccination. Classification and mode of action of the major classes of drugs. Use and control of drugs. Disease control using non chemical methods. Animal health management schemes for various farm animals.
Animal welfare concepts and definition (e.g. the five freedom). Specific requirements for the welfare of named ruminants and non-ruminants. Methods for assessing animal welfare status.