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NES1003 : Animal Health

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Abdul Chaudhry
  • Lecturer: Dr Helen Gray, Dr Miguel Velazquez
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To introduce general concepts in animal health with examples related to companion and farmed animals explaining how animals balance physiological needs, deal with infections and how humans can help animals through immunisation by vaccination, diet, antibiotics and alternative therapies. Knowledge of physical, metabolic and infectious challenges to health and their management will also be developed. Welfare definitions and approaches to management in a range of livestock and companion animal species will be provided. Health and Disease specific presentations will develop oral communication skills and team work of module students.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 2 (2 X 1hr per week for 11 weeks)
WK 1: Concept of health + Challenges to health (physical changes)
WK 2: Physical challenge
WK 3: Metabolic challenge 1 (homeostasis) + Metabolic challenge 2 (poisons)
WK 4: Infectious challenge 1 (Parasites)
WK 5: Infectious challenge 2 (viruses)
WK 6: Infectious challenge 3 (Microbes) + Gut protection
WK 7: Immunological mechanisms + Innate/adapted immunity, protective role in health and vaccinces
WK 8: Microbes and Antibiotics
WK 9: Alternative therapies 1
WK 10: Alternative therapies 2
WK 11: Health and Welfare
WK 11: Group Student seminars / revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion113:0013:00Revision for and completion of Semester 2 examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion116:0016:00Preparation for group oral presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Different aspects of Animal Health will be discussed, presented and assessed (Formative)
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00Gathering information and preparation of study materials on relevant topics of animal health
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study133:0033:00Compilation of notes after Lectures and general reading and literature research on module topics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures deliver the basic subject knowledge required by a student to help them to understand the underlying principles of animal health and welfare concerning physical, metabolic and infectious challanges and their management. Relevant group seminars and background reading complement lectures about the implications of various notifiable, endemic and metabolic diseases for animal health, welfare and management.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1202A100Final Examination - MCQ Inspera exam
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MGroup oral presentation on an allocated topic to assess their presentation skills as a team (15min -10 mins to deliver, 5 mins Q&A)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses a student's recap and understanding of the subject-specific knowledge about animal health and welfare in relation to physical, metabolic and infectious challenges. The formative group oral presentation assesses a student's ability to convey a topic-specific information while working as a team to a group of module related audience.

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