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Livestock Health and Welfare

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Release Date: Each May

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

Improving the living conditions of livestock benefits the animal, the business, and society

This module is focused on reducing the waste caused by poor health and welfare. It draws on the expertise of Aberystwyth University, the VetHub1 and a wider network of veterinary researchers and practitioners. We will look at the general legislation and management of health and welfare across the ruminant and monogastric sectors, focussing on current methods of assessing and improving health and welfare in cattle, sheep, pig and poultry systems; as well as the economic implications of poor health and welfare. As you progress through the module you will choose which of these sectors you will be assessed upon. Part of the assessment will be evaluating the different methods of improving welfare and controlling disease for your chosen sector, as well as assessing the potential benefits of current and future research.

 Podcast discussing Health and Welfare in the context of sustainability

Module content:

  • Fundamentals for health and welfare
  • Controlling diseases 
  • Basic principles of nutrition
  • Animal welfare
  • Measuring Welfare
  • Improving Welfare
  • Economically significant diseases
  • Diagnosis
  • Methods of control
  • Challenges of the future


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Qualifications which this Module may be Used Towards

PGCert Nuffield Farming Scholarship Option
MSc Sustainable Agriculture Option
MSc Agrifood Innovation Option
MRes Agriculture Option
MRes Agrifood Innovation Option
Professional Doctorate in Agriculture Option
Professional Doctorate in BioInnovation Option


Tutors Name
Dr David Cutress

Downloadable Resources

Research Proposal Form Brochure