This module aims to give the student a knowledge of the physiological requirements and natural behaviour of the horse through which an understanding of the meaning and importance of ethics and welfare can be developed. The role of statutory and voluntary bodies will be assessed, along with welfare and partisan lobby groups. The factors influencing the equine/human relationship will be explored to gain an insight into the current importance of ethical and welfare issues in the UK and abroad. 

This module is designed to provide the underpinning scientific principles needed for modules in semester B. Students will be introduced to the physiology of reproduction in animal species, wild, captive and livestock breeding programmes, and the associated genetic and reproductive technologies. Topics covered will include diverse issues such as conservation genetics, behavioral genetics, and managing small population sizes with limited genetic resources.

The module is designed to enable students to identify and investigate current issues in animal science and to develop an enhanced appreciation of the opportunities and challenges facing the various parts of the animal sector. The potential areas covered range from topical issues in companion animal and farmed livestock to those in wild animals both in zoos and wild in their natural habitats. The module also aims to critically evaluate interrelationships between the various aspects of animal science such as nutrition, behaviour, welfare, human and animal health, the environment and sustainable resource management.

This module is designed to enable students to be able to critically appraise the links between animal nutrition, performance, health and welfare in a range of animal species. Several areas will be explored such as comparative nutritional adaptations in animals, feeding behaviour and regulation of voluntary feed intake, the challenges of feeding wild animals in captive environments, appraisal of procedures for conducting nutritional assessments and/or investigations, impact and management of nutritional disorders; and in-depth analysis of case-studies of nutrition issues in farm, companion and wild animals. Students will also look at nutritional similarities and differences across a variety of animal species including the implications of using the well-studied nutritional needs of domestic animals, as the basis or model for diet design and feeding practice for wild animals in captive environments whose nutritional needs are not well researched.

Epidemiology is the study of the origin, distribution and determinants of animal health-, welfare- and production- related states or events in specified populations and it is an integral component of animal health and veterinary public health.

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of conceptual bases of veterinary and medical epidemiology and a range of different epidemiological methods used for disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and observational studies to identify risk factors of disease in both human and animal populations. The importance of identifying the risk factors and applications of epidemiological principles to surveillance and disease control within animal and human populations will be addressed.

This module will also give students the opportunity to investigate the major health issues in both human and animal populations and the contribution of epidemiology to other health related disciplines.

Veterinary Ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values and judgements to the practice of veterinary medicine. As a scholarly discipline, veterinary ethics encompasses its practical application in clinical settings as well as work on its history, philosophy, theology, and sociology. Veterinary ethics combines veterinary professional ethics and the subject of animal ethics. It can be interpreted as a critical reflection on the provision of veterinary services in support of the profession's responsibilities to animal kind and mankind.                         

This module explores the current effects of anthropogenic activity on biodiversity, and considers the importance of biodiversity to human welfare; consideration is also given to the concept of sustainability. A central tenet of the module is the investigation of the utilization and exploitation of wild animals, and addresses the scientific, political and economic drivers which impact on wildlife resources. Issues relating to the conservation of wildlife are considered, encompassing both in situ and ex situ approaches. Students will also explore issues relating to bioeconomics and access to benefit sharing. Overall, this module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the value, utilization and conservation of wildlife resources.