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117.255 Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare (15 credits)

Provide an understanding of the major diseases and welfare of livestock in New Zealand and the relevance of these for production, market access and public health. The role of husbandry, behaviour and welfare in improving dairy and beef herd and sheep flock health. Exotic diseases of livestock and biosecurity. Livestock remedies and issues with residues in animal products. Basic horse and dog health relevant to farm use.

Details Details

  • Year: 2020
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: Dr Rene Corner-Thomas
  • Subject: Animal Science
  • College: College of Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help


  • Start Date: Monday 24 February, 2020
  • End date: Sunday 28 June, 2020

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Friday 6 March, 2020
  • Without academic penalty: Wednesday 27 May, 2020


Course fees for 2020

  • Domestic Students: NZD $862.50 *
  • International Students NZD $4,097.50 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply to 2020 enrolments. Domestic students may be eligible for free fees in their first year.

Learning outcomes Details

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Explain and discuss the role of animal health in increasing and/or optimizing animal production, ensuing market access and protecting public health.
  2. Explain and discuss the concepts of health, ill health and disease and the agent-host-environment interaction.
  3. Explain and discuss the management of animal health and production programmes via identifying the disease or production-limiting effect, devising a plan or programme for control, implementing the programme, monitoring the programme and making necessary adjustments.
  4. Explain and discuss the importance of animal behaviour to improving animal production, husbandry, health and welfare, livestock product quality, stock handling expertise and safety.
  5. Explain and discuss the principles of animal welfare and their relevance in livestock production systems and markets, nationally and internationally.
  6. Explain and discuss the application of knowledge gained into enhancing the management of health, behaviour and welfare of animals.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

Assessments Details

During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
1 Written Assignment 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.0%
2 Test 1,2,3 20.0%
3 Exam (centrally scheduled) 1,2,3,4,5,6 60.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

To pass the course students must aggregate 50% overall.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • There are no set texts for this course.

Campus Books stock textbooks and legislation. Current second-hand textbooks are also bought and sold. For more information visit Campus Books

Class timetable

The class timetable displays all available class times for this offering. Once you have enrolled in a course, you can access the student portal and select which of these class times you wish to attend.

Requirement(s): Each student must follow the qualification guide as provided by staff.

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the way courses are taught. During Semester 2, 2020 students will have a blended learning experience, with increased online learning opportunities, alongside some face-to-face teaching for internal students.

Class timetables for our courses may also change. An updated class timetable will be available on 1 July 2020.
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Laboratory (All students)
Thursday 08:00 - 11:00

Lecture (All students)
Monday 09:00 - 10:00
Monday 13:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00
Friday 10:00 - 11:00

Practical (All students)
Thursday 08:00 - 11:00

Test (All students)
Thursday 10:00 - 11:00

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