Course overview

Book NowThe Ruminant Health & Welfare course focuses on the latest research and legislation by drawing on the expertise of Aberystwyth University and the Royal Veterinary College, Wales.

The first half of this course will cover the general legislation and management of ruminant health and welfare across the three sectors of dairy, beef and sheep.

The second half will offer you the choice of which of these sectors you will be assessed on. Depending on which sector you choose you will cover the latest research on those diseases of most concern and will look at how welfare is measured and could be improved in that sector. 

This course is an optional module in the MSc Sustainable and Efficient Food Production

The module is delivered by Aberystwyth University, entirely online through distance learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants should be able to:

  • Compare the current methods of assessing and improving ruminant health and welfare.
  • Judge the potential economic implications of poor health and welfare.
  • Evaluate the different methods of improving welfare and controlling disease for their chosen pathway.
  • Assess the potential future benefits to ruminant health and welfare of current and future research.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Controlling diseases in the UK
  • Basic principles of nutrition
  • Animal welfare in the UK
  • Methods of control

Within the following units you may specialise in either dairy, beef or sheep as your area of assessment:

  • Measuring welfare
  • Improving welfare
  • Economically significant diseases
  • Diagnosis
  • Methods of control
  • Challenges of the future


Key facts

Course Dates
Oct-Jan 2021
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
From £750
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Aberystwyth University
Provider Reference Number
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
This module forms part of the MSc in Sustainable & Efficient Food Production and can also be taken as a stand alone CPD course. This course is delivered entirely as online distance learning.

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