Agriculture

Introduction

Course Title: Foundation Degree in Para-Veterinary Science
Course Code: AG195A

Department: Agriculture
Course Type: Higher Education



There is a significant and growing trend for vets to take a more strategic advisory role in managing herd health and to oversee the training of others to complete the daily herd health activities such as foot trimming, blood sampling and administration of medicines. On many large livestock farms there will be a competent, trained member of the farm team able to do these technically challenging activities. For instance, most herdsman on dairy farms would competently treat lame cows and administer milk fever treatment to a downer cow. Traditionally for many farms the best option was to use the vet although more are now turning towards the professional services of an appropriately trained paraprofessional - 'The Para-Veterinarian'.

The career of the paraprofessional is still new and developing and the opportunities for graduates from this course are potentially very broad including positions on livestock farms and in the allied industries such as feed or pharmaceutical companies. In the USA, the use of 'Vet Techs' is on the increase and the concept is popular with the large, progressive livestock units.

This course would suit students who enjoy working on a farm with livestock and are looking for a technical challenge, working closely with a veterinary team.

Overview

Qualification

Foundation Degree in Para-Veterinary Science

Course Content

- Understanding body systems and what happens when systems become diseased
- Developing paraclinical skills such as correct sampling (e.g. milk, urine, blood and post-mortem sampling), correct drug use (e.g. storage, administration) and husbandry skills (e.g. foot trimming)
- Understanding the opportunities and challenges within the UK Livestock Industry

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above including English, Maths and Science 160 points or FE equivalent Minimum grade C in A level Biology 3 weeks work experience on a commercial livestock farm

Next Steps

BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Career Opportunities

-Paraveterinarian with a veterinary team -Livestock farm assistant manager -Animal welfare auditing