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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077490, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND WELFARE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARTA BRSCIC AGR/19
Other lecturers MAURIZIO BORIN AGR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 2.0
Core courses AGR/19 Special Techniques for Zoology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BRSCIC MARTA (Presidente)
GOTTARDO FLAVIANA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are not required to have specific skills
Target skills and knowledge: Animal husbandry and welfare:
According to the principles of the “5 freedoms”, students will be addressed to understand what Animal Welfare means. Moreover, students will develop knowledge and skills that will allow them to identify the needs of the animals and to improve their living environment (housing system, environmental conditions, cleanliness) and management. They will be also skilled to identify rearing conditions that can cause pain and distress and to develop strategies to remove them.
Environmental quality
Ability to recognize the environmental impact of animal husbandry and individuate possible control strategies
Examination methods: Evaluation of the student will be based on:
- the quality of reports and presentations of the practical activities (this evaluation will account for 30% of the final score and will be valid for a duration of 1 year)
- the results of written test with multiple choice questions (these evaluation will account for 70% of the final score).
Assessment criteria: The examination will cover both practical and theoretical learning objectives. The student is expected to be able to discuss contents presented during lecture sessions using an appropriate technical language.
Course unit contents: Animal husbandry and welfare:
Topics (2 hours each)
- Introduction: Introduction to animal welfare (history and definitions)
- Animal welfare assessment: Animal based and resource based measure, welfare assessment schemes
- The five freedoms: Basic principles of the 5 freedoms and how they oriented the animal protection legislation
- Good feeding: freedom from hunger (what is a diet to maintain full health and vigor of the animals)
- Good feeding: freedom from thirst (what does ready access to fresh drinking water to keep animals healthy mean?)
- Good housing: freedom from discomfort (what could be considered an appropriate environment - shelter comfort, safety, naturalness, materials, etc.);
- Good housing: housing facilities and structures – pros- and cons of different materials used for housing facilities and structures and tests to assess if appropriate;
- Good housing: freedom of movement - range, access to outdoor area, natural environment;
- Good housing: environmental temperatures and humidity, quality and management of water (environmental);
- Good housing: cleanliness and hygiene of facilities. Aims for cleaning and safe cleaning agents
- Good health: how to guarantee the freedom from injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Good health: most frequent pathologies due to wrong housing and management
- Good health: freedom from pain; mutilations
- Appropriate behavior: freedom to express (most) normal behaviors for welfare purposes
- Appropriate behavior: stereotypes and abnormal behaviors as signs of stress
- Appropriate behavior: how to prevent abnormal behaviors
- Freedom from fear and distress: ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering – what is achievable
- Human animal interaction: what should be avoided and what should be promoted
- Animal transport: Welfare during transport
- Management challenges: Interview to an animal facility manager to identify main problems, relationship with clients, choice of products, challenges

Environmental quality
- Environmental legislation and quality parameters
- Pollution characteristics
- Sustainable systems for water pollution control
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Animal husbandry and welfare
This part includes 40 hours of lectures (of which four 2-h seminars) and 8 hours of hands-on activities. These latter will consist in an educational visit to a production plant specialized in products (cages, aquaria, etc.) for non-conventional animals (4 hours); and in a practical workshop based on literature evaluation on animal welfare in specific contexts.
The students will be divided in small groups and they will be involved in the:
- Implementation of basic Animal Welfare records;
- Use of procedural guidelines, and codes of practice regarding animal welfare
- Writing reports on animal welfare conditions in different contexts
The results of the practical activities will be discussed among groups in order to improve communication skills through a participative interaction.
Environmental quality
This part includes 16 hours of lectures
Additional notes about suggested reading: Detailed learning objectives and weekly program are available on Moodle (

Textbooks recommended for consultation:
- Stress and Animal Welfare, by D.M. Broom, K. G. Johnson, K. G. Johnston, Springer
- Zoo Animals: Behaviour, Management, and Welfare. G Hosey.
- The Welfare of Animals Used in Research: Practice and Ethics. R.C. Hubrecht. Wiley-Blackwell
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Appleby, M.C., Mench, J.A., Olsson, I.A.S., Hughes, B.O., Animal Welfare. --: CABI, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Working in group
  • Collaborative learning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Life on Land