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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 12/05/2015
VETE0036-5  Ecology applied to domestic animals
- Common courses
- Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing

Duration :  Common courses : 20h Th, 12h Pr
Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing : 10h Th
Number of credits :  
Bachelor in veterinary medicine, 3rd year4
Lecturer :  Common courses : Baudouin Nicks
Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing : Baudouin Nicks
Coordinator :  Baudouin Nicks
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
This course presents the characteristics of the domestic animals environment in the specialized breeding systems by showing in what these characteristics can have an influence on their welfare, their health and their level of production.

The course evokes as well the influence of the animal presence on the general quality of the environment.

Common courses

It is divided into two parts.

-The first part deals with general subjects in touch with all the species. It consists of 5 chapters:

1- air pollution level inside the animal houses;

2- the lighting of animal houses, in connection with animal requirements, and the possible sources of noise pollution;

3- waste production and their use;

4- factors interfering with the thermal comfort of animals;

5- the evaluation of buildings heat insulation and ventilation.

-The second part describes the specific modalities of housing the diverse categories of domestic animals and presents the contents of the legislations which relate to it. An approach of each species is presented.

Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing

The chapters of this section are:

  • the housing of horses;
  • the legislations concerning dogs, cats and other pet animals housing and breeding;
  • the legislation concerning laboratory animal housing and protection

Learning outcomes of the course :  
The objective of the course of ecology applied to domestic animals is to supply the useful information so that a veterinarian is capable:

- to analyze the diverse constituents of the environment susceptible to interfere with animal welfare, health and level of production;

- To determine, on the basis of this analysis, if the environment satisfies the animal requirements.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Common courses

some knowledges in chemistry, physics and physiology
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Practical exercises integrate the data of the various chapters. They are based on examination of plans of animal houses to be analyzed and to be interpreted.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
This course, both for the theoretical and the practical parts, is not the object of a presentation in public. It is proposed to every student via an on-line support (e-campus).
Recommended or required readings :  
A syllabus with 2 volumes is availabe.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
written examination (multiple choice)
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
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