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Animal Husbandry II (Animal Health)

Price: £340.00Course Code: BAG201
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( Arsalan, 26/04/2014 ) Q: Our focus is on cows over here and would like to know how detailed is the course in that regards.
( 28/04/2014 ) A: Hello Arsalan, This course covers the principles of animal health, which means that there would be a broad focus on a lot of animals. We do offer courses specifically on cows, such as beef cattle, dairy cattle and calf rearing, perhaps these courses would be of more interest to you?

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Animal Husbandry II (Animal Health)

Animal Husbandry II (Animal Health) course online. Home Study Animal Husbandry Course. Treating and preventing ill health in animals is important for all people who work with them. Learn how diseases are classified, to recognise signs and symptoms of common diseases and how to treat these diseases and wounds. This Online course will also introduce methods used to prevent ill health developing. Ideally, students will have completed Animal Husbandry I before beginning this course.


Learning Goals: Animal Husbandry II BAG201 (Animal Health)
  • Explain common health problems affecting animals, including the circumstances under which animals contract health problems, and methods used to prevent the development of ill health
  • Analyse physical indicator symptoms of ill health in animals.
  • Determine the taxonomic class of animal pests and diseases.
  • Explain the diagnostic characteristics of the main types of animal pathogenic micro-organisms
  • Explain the methods used in the treatment of pests and diseases in farm animals
  • Explain the role of inflammation, including its symptoms and causes, in animals
  • Explain the biological processes which affect and control the immune system in animals
  • Explain the biological processes which affect and control tissue repair in animals
  • Determine procedures for the management of wounds to animals, on a farm
  • Explain the processes involved in cellular change in animals
  • Diagnose simple health problems in farm animals
  • List criteria used to assess the health status, including ill-health, of animals.
  • Describe the different causes of ill-health in animals.
  • Explain the methods used to prevent ill-health in animals.
  • Write a standard procedure for a routine health examination of a chosen farm animal.
  • Describe the symptoms of ill-health in animals.
  • Compare the causes of two symptomatically similar health problems for a specified farm animal.
  • Diagnose a health problem from a given set of symptoms.
  • Distinguish, using labelled illustrations, between different taxonomic classes of animal pest and disease organisms.
  • Describe identifying characteristics of four different disease carrying agents of specified farm animals.
  • Classify commonly occurring pests and diseases of three different animals, into their taxonomic classes.
  • Describe the characteristics of viruses, using illustrations and a report.
  • Describe the characteristics of bacteria, using illustrations and a report.
  • Describe the characteristics of protozoa, using illustrations and a report.
  • Describe the characteristics of parasites, using illustrations and a report.
  • Describe the characteristics of nutritional disorders, using illustrations and a report.
  • Analyse the relevance of ten specified factors, to determining the health of a chosen species of farm animal.
  • Describe the veterinary treatments available over the counter for on-farm use.
  • Explain the vaccination programs used to treat two different specifies of farm animal.
  • Describe the applications and techniques used for dips, to control external parasites in a specified farm animal.
  • List the essential items for a First Aid Kit for a specified farm animal.
  • Write guidelines for general procedures to follow when nursing sick farm animals.
  • List the procedures employed in quarantine, using a chosen animal as an example.
  • Describe the procedures for slaughtering a diseased ruminant in order to conduct a post-mortem examination.
  • Prepare an illustrated, one page report on the post-mortem procedures of a ruminant.
  • Compare different methods used to control a specified disease in animals.
  • Identify a suitable method of control for ten different, specified pests and diseases.
  • Differentiate between factors which cause inflammation in animals.
  • Develop a checklist for analysing inflammation.
  • Explain the inflammatory response.
  • Compare the different methods used to control inflammation in animals.Â
  • Describe the function of the immune system in animals.
  • List the agents which can cause fevers in animals.
  • Explain the biology of fevers in a specified case study of an animal species.
  • Explain the methods used in treating fevers in animals.
  • Explain at least five factors which influence immune response in animals.
  • Explain the characteristics of the immune system in a chosen animal species.
  • Describe the composition of tissues at different body sites, in terms of susceptibility to different types of internal and external damage.
  • Compare the characteristics of different types of tissue damage.
  • List factors, in terms of both rate of, and quality of repair; which influence tissue repair.
  • Explain the biological processes, which occur as damaged tissue heals in animals.
  • Compare the different effects of wounding, including psychological, physiological and anatomical, to different parts of a specified animals body.
  • Explain the different biological processes which occur following wounding, including: tissue repair and infection.
  • Develop a checklist for the treatment of wounds in animals.
  • List an appropriate treatment for different types of wounds to different species of animals.
  • Describe post care treatment of the wounds as discussed above.
  • Determine the potential causes of wounding of animals.
  • Develop guidelines for prevention of wounds to animals, based on the potential causes identified above.
  • Describe the different causes of cellular change in animals.
  • Explain the general processes associated with cancer at a cellular level, in animals.
  • Explain the cellular processes associated with death of animal tissue.
  • List factors which influence the rate and extent of cellular change in diseased animals.
  • Monitor the health condition of an animal over a four month period.
  • Observe, and prepare a report, on the veterinarians diagnostic process/ health assessment methodology, when inspecting different animals.
  • Diagnose the cause of different health problems, detected in three different genera of animals.
  • Develop a checklist of the diagnostic indicators of common health problems, which occur in different animal species.


Lesson Structure:   Animal Husbandry II BAG201 (Animal Health)

There are 10 lessons:

1  Introduction to Animal Health

  • Learn to describe common diseases affecting farm animals and the circumstances under which animals contract these diseases
  • The healthy animal
  • Causes of ill health
  • Preventing ill health

 2  Signs & Symptoms of Diseases

  • The physical symptoms of diseases in farm animals
  • Common methods of handling animals during health assessments
  • Recognising ill health
  • Restraining a horse
  • Sheep handling facilities

3  Disease Classification

  • Methods used in classifying animal diseases
  • Viral diseases
  • Bacterial diseases
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Protozoal diseases
  • Disease types in beef cattle
  • Diseases in sheep

4  Causes and Diagnosis of Disease

  • The causes of disease and the relevant methods of diagnosis
  • Examining cattle
  • Examining a horse
  • Ticks
  • Ttick-borne diseases
  • Diagnosis of diseases

5  Treatment of Disease

  • Methods used in the treatment of diseases in farm animals
  • Vaccination
  • The animal first aid kit
  • Tetanus antiserum
  • Animal nursing
  • Quarantine
  • Slaughter
  • Post mortem
  • Disease prevention in cattle
  • Disease prevention in sheep
  • Treatment of parasites in sheep

6  Inflamation

  • Outline the nature and causes of inflammation in farm animals
  • The inflammatory response
  • Causes of inflammation
  • Types of inflammation
  • Symptoms of inflammation
  • Inflammatory exudate
  • Treatment of inflammation

7  Fever and Immunity

  • The biological mechanisms underlying fever and the immune system in farm animals
  • The fever mechanism
  • Other temperature related disorders
  • Effect of temperature on enzymes
  • Iimmunity

8  Tissue Repair

  • The biological mechanisms underlying tissue repair in farm animals
  • Healing of a clean incised wound
  • Healing of an open wound
  • Common horse ailments to recognise

9  Wounds

  • The biological mechanisms of wounds in farm animals and address different treatment methods for repair of common ailments
  • Types of wounds
  • First aid treatments
  • Bandaging horses
  • Emergencies

10 Cell changes

  • The causes and biological mechanisms of cell change in farm animals
  • Neoplasms
  • Tumours and cancers
  • The cause of an infectious disease, death, cancers etc.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Vicky Protopapadaki and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Vicky's credentials:


Vicky  Protopapadaki
MSc (Distinction) Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (University of Edinburgh), BSc Business Administration (University of the Aegean), Cert. Companion Animal Behaviour (University of Edinburgh ), Cert. Animal Use and Care (University of Prince Edward Island).

Vicky’s passion for animals led her to obtain her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, despite her having a background in business and management. Apart from her personal experience with animals, she volunteers at various animal shelters around Greece and has done research on feline behaviour at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and on primate behaviour at Edinburgh Zoo. She is currently researching PhD opportunities in the field of animal ethics and studying entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating her own charity for animal protection in Greece.



Excerpt from the Course


Viruses are extremely difficult to identify. Being so small, they are difficult to isolate or detect, even when their symptoms are prolific.

Identification is usually carried out by passing liquid containing a virus through a porcelain filter. This filter holds back most other micro organisms but allows viruses to pass through. The liquid which is collected can then be grown on living tissue. It is often injected into eggs. The culture can later be analysed.

Viruses contain a coat or outer layer of protein enclosing a nucleic acid (RNA or DNA). Most viruses that attack animals contain DNA, while those attacking plants usually contain RNA. Viruses occur in three main shapes: spheres, rods and tadpole like shapes.


Viruses can only grow inside living cells of other organisms, and they normally need to be inside a specific host (eg. A particular type of virus only affects a particular type of animal). Though they might not grow, they can however survive for long periods outside of a host. Viruses multiply by piercing the cell wall of a host then using the material inside the cell to make more viruses.


Viruses can be transmitted in many different ways including:

  • By insects such as mosquitos or fleas which take infected blood from one animal to another.
  • By wild animals, birds and rodents as carriers.
  • Through body fluids such as saliva, semen or blood, from one animal to another.
  • Through skin contact
  • By breathing in droplets in the air (eg. common cold)


It is important to prevent potential carriers of viruses coming in contact with livestock.

Where the carrier is restricted to one vector (eg. fleas) control is fairly simple. A preparatory powder, for example, can be dusted onto the host animal to protect it from fleas. When the virus has many carriers, however, it is difficult to prevent all the potential carriers from coming into contact with the host.

Protection against the more serious viral diseases is usually through vaccination.

Either an attenuated (mild) strain of the actual virus is injected into the animal, or a similar, but harmless strain is used. For example, the vaccination against foot and mouth makes use of an attenuated strain of the virus. The animal develops antibodies to the virus, and is protected from the disease.

Viruses are responsible for some serious livestock diseases including rabies and foot and mouth.



Animal Health Ebook

A complete guide to caring for animals, designed for anyone involved in their day to day care, including farmers, pet owners and students.

Animal Health

By the Staff of ACS Distance Learning

Animal Health eBook course online. Animal welfare and wellbeing has become increasingly important in recent times and is a major social issue in developed countries.

"For the past 10,000 years, people all over the world have domesticated animals for various purposes. Some animals such as dogs and cats were domesticated as pets to provide company to humans. Livestock animals such as cattle and sheep were kept to provide products such as meat, wool or milk, or kept as working animals. No matter what the reason, animals and humans have been connected over an extended period of time.

Optimum health is essential to the wellbeing and longevity of all animals. It is the responsibility animal owners to ensure the welfare of the animals within their care. As part of the general care of animals, we need to be able to identify diseases. The first step in recognising diseases in animals is to understand when an animal is unwell. This generally requires three things: information on the history of the animal, a physical examination and specialized testing to identify the cause of the illness."




Understanding Animal Health Issues

Preventing Disease and Injury

Inspecting for Health

Differential Diagnosis

Some Common Illnesses in Animals


Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours100
Recognised Issuing BodyTQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.
Course CodeBAG201
Course PrerequisiteNo
Course QualificationLevel 4 Certificate in Animal Husbandry II (Animal Health)
Exam Required?Finalised with exam/test
UK Course Credits10 credits
US Course Credit Hours3 Credit Hours
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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