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Animal and Human Interaction
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|Master of Agricultural sciences
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|Kaunas, A. Mickevičiaus g. 9
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| Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras
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|Studijų kokybės vertinimo centras, 10/31/2020
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Summary of the Profile
Objective(s) of a study programme:
To develop high educated specialists of animal resources management, able to apply the latest animal resource management knowledge independently and creatively, and scientific research results in terms of rearing, training and applying animals for accompany in human therapy and recreation, able to use animals for improvement of personal and public human health, able to choose advanced animal breeding techniques, ensuring a responsible pet care and nutrition, educating human and animal communication skills.
Displaying the latest knowledge of fundamental and applied research in breeding, selection, nutrition and responsible care of assisted animals in therapy, to be able to apply them to address animal management problems through scientific research and establishing the innovations.
To know the methodologies and techniques for applying assisted animals in therapy, the principles and characteristics of individual and group work with clients, therapeutic performance standards and welfare of assisted animals in therapy, requirements for handler (pathfinder) of assisted animals in therapy, understanding and usability of assisted animals in therapy for complementary and alternative medicine in place of personal and public health system.
To know the history of animals application for human rehabilitation and recreation, the impact on the human organism, to know disorders and their symptoms of human health and personality development, the factors leading the harmonious functioning of the human.
To be able to develop a research methodology, self-organize and carry out research, to take decisions based on scientific evidence.
To be able to critically analyze, systematize and evaluate scientific research data and used in practice.
To be able to determine the nutritional needs of assisted animals in therapy, to compose the complete compound feed, to evaluate the energy supply and nutritional value of compound feed, availability of such compound feed in nutrition of assisted animals in therapy and impact of nutritional factors on health status of assisted animals in therapy.
To be able to organize the breeding of assisted animals in therapy, to assess the results of genomic selection, to perform a responsible care of animals.
To be able to advice people and to make recommendations to the team members, other specialists for use, training and preparation of the wizard (pathfinder) of assisted animals in therapy.
To be able to carry out programs of health promotion, prevention and rehabilitation with assisted animals in therapy, working with different groups of customers in different social, cultural and ethnic environments.
To be able to organize practical activities, carry out professional services in development work; plan their quality improvement and establishment of innovations in practice.
To be able to communicate and collaborate in an interdisciplinary team with other specialists/ experts of other scientific areas, exchange of information and admit joint decisions.
To be able to understand and accept human development, status, environment and multiculturalism.
To be able to link their activities with deep animal welfare, professional ethics and moral principles and responsibility.
To be able to independently acquire knowledge and skills needed for scientific and applied research as well as the execution of practical problems.
To be able to reasonably assess, analyze their own and other quality of work, to respond to new situations in assuming moral responsibility for their results of activities.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Discussion, case studies, work i groups, traditional lectures, practical work, laboratory work, map of thoughts/ideas (conception), seminars, creative tasks, problem solving, individual work, presentations, project.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Animal Resource Management Master studies will be carried out on the basis of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Study Regulation (LUHS Approved by the Senate in 2014 June 20. Resolution no. 47-05, the amendments approved by the Senate LUHS 2015 January 23. Resolution 54-04).
The main study record document is statement and other documents are LSMUSIS electronic statement and study book – they are legal study progress records.
Learning outcomes of the subject are assessed by exam, achievements of practices are evaluated by practice defense and results of all study program results are evaluated by Master's thesis.
The student begins to prepare Master thesis at the beginning of the studies and presents it to the public final thesis commission.
Requirements for the preparation of final thesis, methodological guidelines and assessment procedures will be confirmed by Council of Animal Husbandry Technology Faculty and presented at LUHS website.
Concept of LUHS student achievement assessment applies to the Animal Resource Management study program and is aligned with national and international documents.
Student achievement assessment is adapted to the Recommendation of European Parliament and Council 2008/C 111/01/EC of the European Qualifications Framework and evaluation has two objectives: to measure student progress and to evaluate the final study results, identified in study the program as the expected learning outcomes.
In anticipation, organization and execution of student achievement assessment is guided by the following principles: feasibility (evaluation linked to the study program (course, module or cycle) the expected learning outcomes); reliability (received assessment information and evaluation results must be objective and independent if assessor was changed); clarity (evaluation system must be informative, understandable to assessors and the assessed); utility (the evaluation must help the appraises to achieve program objectives and expected learning outcomes); impartiality (assessment of evaluation methods should be equally suitable for all appraises); publicity (evaluation is based on public criteria and a specific assessment of the results and their explanation is available for appraises). Result of assessment is directly linked to the study results, and evaluation principles are set by LUHS Study Regulation and are described in each course description.
Evaluation forms of study subjects or modules can be colloquium, defense of practical work, control work, course work and the project. Upon completion of the subject or module studies, evaluation forms can be exam or the student's independent work (project).
A ten point grading scale for student achievement is applied. The lowest positive score is 5. Summative assessment is used to measure student achievement of the subject (module) studies. The cumulative score is a part of summative evaluation. For the purposes of the cumulative assessment its components are valued by certain results of subject (module) or program of the study.
Cumulative assessment shall be used in accordance with the following principles: cumulative part must make up at least 50 percent of credit or the final grade of exam; cumulative part is calculated on a ten-point scale, i.e. contains sum of grades from 1 to 10 inclusive, and the sum is multiplied by a coefficient corresponding to a cumulative percentage point. Methods of student achievement assessment are provided by teachers, who are preparing of the subject (module) program, prepared strategy of the subject (module) evaluation approved by the program committee. In the course (module) descriptions, the evaluation strategy must be presented and form, terms, criteria as well as percentage of the overall assessment of each evaluation must be predicted.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
Scientific Research Methodology (9 credits);
Animal Genetic Resources Management (6 credits);
Animal Genomic Selection (3 credits);
Small Business Management and Organizational Psychology (6 credits);
Special nutrition of assisted animals in therapy (3 credits);
Assisted animals in human rehabilitation (21 credits).
Animal Resource Management Master study program provides vocational (profesional) practice (6 credits). Professional practice in accordance with the procedures of the professional practice, confirmed by Faculty Council is organized. These procedures defines the practice requirements, the specific practice tasks, expected learning outcomes and achievement evaluation system, support for students during the practice, as well as the criteria that are recognized and evaluated during practice the student to gain relevant level skills.
University propose for students a list of possible practice bases, which is drawn up taking into account the relevant authorities of contracts.
Faculty council approves the list of practice bases and terms of practice, as well as applying of students for a selected practice bases and terms, and selection of students to practice bases.
Final work (Master thesis) (30 credits).
Optional subjects (3 credits):
The oratorical art.
Psychological aspects of human and animal communication.
Rearing of assisted animals in therapy.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
Taking into account conclusions of Study Quality Assessment Center (2014, 10th June) and international experts (team leader Prof. Dr. Ulf Magnusson, members: prof. Dr. Thomas Wittek, Gediminas Vagonis, Inga Kalpakovaitė; a statement on the study programs of external evaluation 2014-06-10 No. SV5-109) and executed changes in Animal Science Bachelor's degree study program, which were approved by the Senate of LUHS at the meeting in 2016, 25th March (resolution No. 71-09) are carried out quality improvements in Animal Resources Management Master study program.
The lecturers, professors and scientistists of 4 different faculties – Animal Husbandry Technologies, Public Health, Nursing and Medicine are gahtered for improvement of the study quality of Animal Resources Management Master program.
These cooperations was appeared due to the application of assisted animals in therapy and recreational purposes.
The main task of improvements in Animal Resources Management Master program is to upgrade the specialists who are able effectively use the assisted animals in therapy and recreation.
The establishment of such study program was led by a positive approach to applicate the animals in human therapy and recreation of specialists, who works in society, rehabilitation and recreation fields. In Lithuania for such purposes is established Hippotherapy center in Siauliai University and the Dolphin Therapy center in Lithuanian Sea Museum and Cynology scientific and educational training center in LUHS is established. However, in Lithuanian universities are not educated specialists, who are able to organize the breeding, nutrition, care of assisted animals in therapy and recreation and develop harmony interaction between animals and humans.
In developed countries of the world have long been, and in Lithuania - only a few years age was developed and new area of animal (dogs, horses, dolphins, PET animals, etc.) application – assisted animals in therapy. The specialists of canytherapy and hippotherapy, according to the relevant methodologies prepare the animals and can work closely with the patients' treating medical doctors, psychologists or social/special educatiors.
The need of such specialists, who works with assisted animals in therapy will grow, because each year autistic disorder to approximately 300 children, attention deficit/hyperactivity, from several to several tens of thousands and cerebral paralysis over 1,000 of Lithuanian children are diagnosed. These patients can improve wellness by contribution of assisted animals in therapy.
Access to professional activity or further study:
Access to professional activity:
Updating the study program was addressed not only to views expressed by students and graduates, but also the social partners. LUHS Career Center signed agreements with 28 organizations, such as Canytherapy Support Center, JSC “Lithuanian stud”, “Palanga children's rehabilitation sanatorium”, association „Another child“, Kaunas children's rehabilitation center and etc. 11 contracts with public institution "Human search", Lithuanian Sea Museum, JSC Akvatera and etc. will be assigned. LUHS Career Center in cooperation with Animal Science and Animal Resources Management study program committee prepared a questionnaire, which was mailed to 63 companies working in the health care field, producing feed and rearing animals (zoo sales networks, stud farms, factories of compound feed, animal shelters, rehabilitation centers, senior care homes). Companies currently will assign contracts with 10 and in the future with 8 specialists of animal resource management. The need of these specialists will be increased, once the right conditions for the application of animals for therapeutic and recreational will appeared. Also, after completion of Animal Resources Management Master program studies are formed all the conditions to start a private business, providing services to the senior and children's homes, rehabilitation centers, children's camps, recreational businesses.
Graduates, who have acquired Animal Resources Management Master's degree can continue their studies in doctoral studies (PhD), as well as the acquired knowledge to work:
o In the field of application and rearing of assisted animals in therapy;
o At centers of hippotherapy and canytherapy;
o In area of animal’s application in recreation;
o At stud farms;
o As a specialist in animal’s shelters and care homes;
o At universities and scientific research institutions;
o At associations of cynology and felinology;
o As managers in the zoo shops;
o At the State Border Guard Service;
o At the Customs;
o At the Department of Prisons under the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice;
o At the Lithuanian police;
o At the area of compound feed production.
According to the data, presented by LUHS Career Center, 80% - 88% of LUHS graduates employed after 6 months, 12 months or 36 months after graduation in 2011 – 2015. In 2013, the employment of Animal Resource Management Master program’s postgraduates was 90.9% after 12 months of graduation and it was 60% in 2014. In the view of above presented trends, we believe, that graduates of the Animal Resource Management Master's degree program will meet the overall trends of all graduates of LUHS in the field of employment.
Access to further study:
After the completing Animal Resource Management Master study program, the students will be able to pursue a doctoral (PhD) degree.