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Animal Science

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Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences

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Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras, 10/31/2023

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Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Institution title in Lithuanian

Lietuvos sveikatos mokslų universitetas

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Public Institution

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Higher education institution

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Institution address

Kaunas, A. Mickevičiaus g. 9

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+370 37 327201

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+370 37 220733

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+370 686 10217

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National budget, Other legaly acquired finances, Shairholders contributions, State financial funds

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Awarded Lithuanian National Qualifications Framework levels:
Level 6, Level 7
Issued certificate levels:
Bachelor's diploma, Master's diploma, Certificate of Residency
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Summary of the Profile of study programme

General Description:
Objective(s) of a study programme:
To train animal husbandry technologists of high qualification, capable to apply and ensure the updated technologies for animal raising, handling, balanced nutrition, breeding, productivity enhancement, quality and safety of animal origin products, animal wellness; to investigate, to propagate knowledge, to solve complicated problems of animal husbandry area, to apply skills and knowledge in independent activity; to train educated , integral personalities ready for second cycle study.

Learning outcomes:
To apply knowledge and understanding about biological peculiarities of farm animals and plants, principles of indications heritability and changeability, the peculiarities of animal productivity and principles of ecology and environmental protection:
to analyse, evaluate and compare functional and morphological diversity of various biological systems, structure and composition of animals’ organs, physiological and biochemical processes in a living organism;
to understand and evaluate environmental factors, their impact on ecosystem, health of humans and animals, usage and protection of nature resources of all kinds;
to understand basic laws of environmental protection and apply them in the activity performed;
to apply fundamental knowledge of genetics, required for work with animals and animal biological material and to understand correlation between impairments in genome functioning and farm indications, diseases of animals; to evaluate animals according to genotype and phenotype; to breed animals improving their genetic potential.
Ensure, evaluate and control complete animal nutrition, resources of feeds, their quality and technologies of their preparing:
to apply progressive technologies for preparing and producing various feeds, feed additives and supplements;
to obtain various samples for different laboratory analyses, to prepare samples for analysis, applying optimal ways for their storage or conservation;
to perform main analysis procedures, to apply general analysis methods for investigation and analyse the obtained results;
to identify feeds quality on the ground of sensory analysis and laboratory analyses data, to calculate the ratios for animals and to apply evaluation methods for feeds nutritive characteristics according to the energy of metabolism and production;
to apply various ways for feeds storage, preparing for feeding, distribution, mechanization of animal watering processes, equipment and tools;
to implement system of Good production practice in mechanism of animal husbandry;
to apply systems of rationed animal feeding, required nutrients to maintain the life processes and production synthesis.
to organise animal feeding for various technological groups, ensuring their productivity, wellness, reproductive characteristics, rational and economic usage of feeds.
To apply and control the newest technologies for animal raising, keeping, handling, breeding, ensuring quantity and quality of the production, conformity to the production standards and efficiency of the farm:
to analyse and generalise the data of animal productivity and breeding recording, to foresee results of selection;
to analyse and apply legislation of animal breeding;
to understand, apply and evaluate the factors affecting production quality of cattle meat and milk; technologies for raising and keeping progeny and adult animals, breeding;
to choose adequate milking equipment and milking technology, to prepare and keep milk in an appropriate way, to collect milk samples;
to apply industrial methods and the newest technology for getting milk of good quality;
to evaluate milk quality, condition of milk dishes, milking apparatus considering veterinary sanitation, to perform basic analysis of milk and milk products and to determine their quality;
to understand, apply and evaluate technologies for raising and producing products of sheep, goats, production quality and to propose schemes for its improvement, to keep records of breeding;
to evaluate pig breeding prospects, productivity and producing of organic poultry products;
to organize reproduction of a pig herd, choosing keeping systems, technologies for keeping and rearing in pig enterprises of different production field, commercial poultry production;
to apply practical skills for horses identification and main technologies for selection, raising training and optimal use of horses;
to evaluate breeds of carnivorous and herbivorous fur animals, their reproductive properties, progeny raising, feeding, handling, disease prevention, fur quality;
evaluate and ensure genetic potential of poultry, quality of systems for their keeping, production of eggs and meat - poultry production;
to apply and evaluate strategy for development of fish farming, technologies for breeding and raising cold water and warm water fishes, principles for equipment of fish farms;
to apply and evaluate the advanced technologies for bee keeping, to execute breeding in bee keeping;
to evaluate reproductive function of various animals, to identify the most frequent ailments, to organise prophylaxis;
to evaluate principles of animal technology and organising the work of animal technologists;
to understand and evaluate environmental factors and their impact on animal organism, formation and improvement of microclimate in buildings of animal husbandry, possibilities and conditions of transportation;
to organise and manage activity of animal husbandry enterprise and its divisions;
to form resources required for manufacturing of animal husbandry products and be active in competitive market.
To work in team solving professional issues, to consistently improve professional skills of a technologist of animal husbandry:
to apply LR orders and documents regulating professional activity;
to plan and organise practical work of a technologist, to act honestly, to think critically and self-critically, be initiative, independent, communicate and work in team;
to solve professional problems pursuant to professional competence, ethics and make solutions;
to collaborate with agricultural and other institutions;
to work in various areas related to the production and reproducing of animal products in Lithuania and international area;
to integrate knowledge seeking optimal professional goals;
to organise and manage actions for preventing harm and rescue work in emergencies, to apply principles of first aid and prophylaxis;
to take innovative decisions preparing projects in the area of animal husbandry.
To apply advanced achievements of fundamental and applied sciences in the area of animal husbandry:
to apply principles for development of science information;
to use specialised databases and to analyse scientific information;
to apply study skills required for qualification improvement of animal husbandry technologists;
to study independently professional literature for educational development of a personality;
to develop independent learning skills, required for continuing studies in another cycle.

Activities of teaching and learning:
Conventional lecture, written work, analysis of mistakes, demonstration, practical classes, individual and team work, presentations, case analysis, problems solution, consultations
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Animal Husbandry Technology study programme‘s student‘s achievements conception is concerted with national and international document‘s content. Europe Parliament and Council‘s reccomendations 2008/C 111/01/EB for students achievement‘s evaluation are adjusted for Europe‘s lifelong learning qualifications union‘s establishmentdėl therefor the evaluation has two aims: to evaluate student‘s progress and final studies results, that are named as predictable studies results in studies programme. Student’s achievements evaluation system’s principles are named in LUHS studies regulations. Accumulative evaluation system is applied in first level’s studies programmes. Discipline’s studies results achievements are evaluated by an exam, practical results achievement’s – by practice defence, whole study programme’s results achievements are evaluated by bachelor’s final thesis, which a student starts to preprare after the studies started, and later present it in public commission. Requirements for bachelor thesis preparation and methodic guidelines are given in Animal Husbandry Technology studies programmes final thesis preparation’s and defence regulation, that is certified in a session of Animal Husbandry faculty council in 2016 November 9th, No. of report 3 (100). Methodical assistance for lecturers while selecting methods of evaluation is given by university lecturers educational competence centre.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The number of subjects to be studied in full-time study is not higher than 7 (practice including), whereas study subject volume is not less than 3 ECTS credits. The study scope per one study year (2 semesters) – 60 ECTS credits. The study Programme comprises general university subjects (B) and subjects of study field (S). General university subjects – 9.17% of the programme structure, the study subjects of the main study field – 83.33% and electives – 7.5%.
During the year, full time students study between 10 and 15 subjects/modules, the scope of which is from 3 to 8 ECTS credits. Students’ independent work comprises on average 38 per cent of the scope of every subject. During a year of continuous studies, students study between 4 and 10 subject/modules (scope between 3 and 12 ECTS credits). The amount of 80 per cent of every subject is set for independent work.
For continuous study the mentioned subjects/modules are distributed conforming to the same principles as in full time study, only during a longer period of time: the subjects for basic knowledge – I-III years; speciality subjects – III-VI study years.
In AHT first cycle full time study, students commence formation of practical skills from semester 4 in the study year II, and complete in semester 6, study year III. To form practical skills students apply the acquired theoretical knowledge at LUHS practical centre of training and experimentation, enterprises for feed production, laboratories, Institute of Animal Husbandry, individual farms and others. Total of 22 guided learning hours (15 ETCS credits) are set for formation of practical skills between II and III study years.
In continuous study, students start formation of practical skills in study year IV (7-8 semesters).Total scope comprises 22 guided learning hours (15 ETCS credits). To form practical skills students apply the acquired theoretical knowledge at the same animal husbandry enterprises as full time students.
The knowledge and skills acquired during study process are consolidated at practice. Students obtain theoretical and partial practical knowledge required to perform practice before starting it. Before starting practice activity, the required subjects had already been studied by the students. In the first cycle of full-time animal husbandry technology study, the production practice is executed in the IV year, semester 8 (15 ECTS credits); in the Continuous study – VI year, semester 11 (15 ECTS credits).

Optional courses:

Students of I-III study years choose 2 elective subjects from the electives list (each equals to 3 ECTS credits per semester). During AHT full time bachelor study, at least 18 ECTS credits are acquired from elective subjects. For study subjects chosen by students, 7.5% of the Programme scope is allotted. Students of AHT bachelor continuous study have the same electives as full time students, only the number of independent work is higher by 42 per cent.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
The study Programme ensures formation of steady theoretical knowledge and practical skills, guaranteeing career in labor market of Lithuania and foreign countries. The animal husbandry technology (AHT) Programme is aiming at preparing highly qualified specialists bachelors of agricultural area, using teaching-scientific staff, experimental base for breed value investigation of laboratory animals, reproduction, and quality analysis of animal origin products.

Access to professional activity or further study:
Access to professional activity:
A person, having acquired professional qualification of animal husbandry technology may take a position of animal husbandry technologist and realise the knowledge and skills in a variety of animal husbandry areas: animal raising, keeping, care, working in breeding enterprises and farms, industry of feeds production, enterprises for feeds evaluation and control, enterprises of production quality evaluation both in national and foreign sectors.

Access to further study:
Bachelors of AHT may continue their study in master’s programme.