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Animal and Human Interaction
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|Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences
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|Kauno m. sav. Kauno m. A. Mickevičiaus g. 9
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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:
is to train highly qualified, socially responsible specialists of animal science, having fundamental knowledge in the areas of agriculture and veterinary studies and capable to choose animal breeding methods, technologies for animal keeping and nutrition, to assess animal behaviour, to ensure animal welfare and healthiness, to use animals effectively as resources for recreation² and health improvement of humans and to be able to solve problems of other specialised professional activity, to develop competitive business.
To understand the preconditions of human cognitive capabilities, phenomenon and self-expression
Will be able to study independently, to think critically and creatively, consistently develop professionalism
To be able to work in team, communicate and cooperate in native and foreign languages (in written and orally).
To be basic knowledge in biology, morphology, physiology of animals and be able to apply it for recognition of biological and biochemical processes.
To be knowledge in nutrition, agronomy and feeding of animals and be able to apply it for impact assessment of nutritive factors on health and reproductive properties of animals and on their supply with feeds.
To be special knowledge in genetics, behaviour, reproduction and immunology of animals and will be able to apply it to ensure breeding, health promotion, welfare of animals and environmental pollution reduction, implementing health care in the professional activity.
To be know consistent patterns of animal-environmental correlation, behaviour peculiarities and problems , will be able to assess the impact of environmental factors on animals, to detect the correlation between disease prevalence among animals, society and environment.
To be know the updated technologies for animal keeping and raising and their application in professional activity.
To be know the basic categories of economics, management, marketing and factors described by them, processes, functions, consistent patterns, methods of economics, management and marketing and their application in professional activity.
To be know the peculiarities of personality development, will have knowledge in health psychology and the application of its methods in health care, prophylaxis and prevention, will understand the sense and essence of animal therapy, will have knowledge concerning methods of its application, target groups and principles of work.
To be able to collect and analyse data required to solve problems in animal science using achievements and methods of investigations in fundamental and applied sciences.
To be able to interpret information of animal science and to apply it in a wider context of professional activity and research.
To be able to assess and analyse animals’ physiological nutritional requirements, to formulate diets, organize animal feeding, to choose appropriate feeding technologies, to organise production of feeds.
To be able to organise animal breeding, to apply innovative methods for animal selection, to improve selective value.
To be able perform first aid, to choose and apply systems for animal hygiene and welfare.
To be able to evaluate psychological needs of persons suffering from variuos diseases, to apply methods of animal therapy, considering animals biological characteristics, to ensure animal welfare during the process of animal therapy.
To be able to consult animal keepers regarding issues of ethology, welfare, breeding, nutrition, keeping and usage of animals.
To be able to create business enterprises, to organise and accomplish activity, choose resources, to make decisions for business development, to investigate market and to prepare a set of marketing actions.
To be knowledge on responsible handling and breeding of dogs, basics of training for special purposes, and peculiarities of hunting, decorative and service cynology.
To be characteristics of equine nutrition, main signs of diseases, progressive methods of reproduction, principles, methods and procedures for rearing and training, technologies for horses raising and education of equestrians.
To be knowledge in usage of fishing ponds and other aqua resources for recreational and sport fishing, diseases of aquatic organisms, their causes, will have knowledge in breeding, raising and feeding technologies of aquatic organisms; their purpose and application principles.
To be able to identify main breeds of dogs for playing, service and hunting, to plan, organise, choose and assess methods for dogs selection, technologies of feeding, raisng and keeping, to identify hereditary diseases, to perform dogs selection for training, will acquire primary skills in dogs training and capabilities to test characteristics for shows and work.
To be able to assess horses‘ nutritional needs in different periods of reproduction, to choose appropriate training methods, to select means and methods for health promotion.
To be able to organise recreational activity and related activities in fishing ponds and other waters, to assess impact of fish diseases on environment and to choose measures and methods for prevention and protection.
To be able to constructively communicate in interpersonal and multicultural surrounding, to work independently and in team.
To declare and understand various opinions and participate in argumentative discussion solving specialized problems of professional activity.
To be able to study independently and develop skills, to apply acquired knowledge in professional activity and to teach others.
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 science 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 science 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:
Disciplines of this study programme in first level‘s and extended studies consist 177 ECTS credits, common university disciplines – 15 ECTS credits. In the first year, main disciplines are common university disciplines (introduction to university studies; vernacular language; philosophy; mathematics and informatics) and studies direction‘s disciplines (animal biology; genetics; biochemistry; cell biology; animal morphology and physiology; agronomy). Second year consists of studies direction‘s disciplines (biostatistics; ecology and environment control; forage science; animal nutrition; animal breeding and other disciplines). In the IV semester, in second year, students already choose specialization and start to improve their knowledge in particular specialization. In „Cynology“ specialization: dog‘s nutrition (IV semester), Dog‘s breeds, breeding and appliance (V semester), Dog‘s diseases (VI semester); in „Horse breeding“ specialization: horse‘s nutrition, diseases (IV semester), Horse‘s breeding and training (V semester), Horse‘s reproduction (VI semester); in „Aquiculture“ specialization: bussiness and recreational aquiculture (IV semester), Fish, crustaceans and zooplancton cultivation technologies (V semester), Fish disease (VI semester). In V semester, 3rd year, main disciplines are of studies direction (marketing; animal breeding). VI semester: Animal therapy for patients rehabilitation; Applied health psychology; Animal health.
15 credits are commited for practice.
From IV sewmester student must choose one of the specializations: „Cynology“ ,“Horse breeding“ and „Aquiculture“. Each specialization consists of 23 ECTS credits. In „Cynology“ specialization: dog‘s nutrition, dog‘s breeds, breeding and appliance, dog;s diseases; in „Horse breeding“ specialization: horse‘s nutrition, diseases, breeding and training, horse‘s reproduction; in „Aquiculture“ specialization: bussiness and recreational aquiculture, fish, crustaceans and zooplankton‘s cultivation technologies, fish diseases.
Disciplines of specializations are constituted in sequence, so that a student would improve own knowledge gradually: in disciplines of animal nutrition, breeding, training, reproduction, diseases and rural animal‘s production quality.
Optional subjects (3 credits):
Students have an opportunity to choose freely elective disciplines, which main ai mis to develop social and personal abilities and competentions. Elective disciplines: Common chemistry; History of civilizations; Europe integration processes; Natural and traditional olericulture; Physical education; Invasive species; Animal non-genetic resources; Foreign language (italian, danish, russian, french, swedish, german); World‘s biologic variety; Horse breeding technologies; Animals and health, Sport games.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
Programmme‘s distinctiveness. Animal science studies programme‘s authenticity is conditioned by the fact that LUHS is the only university preparing agriculture and veterinary direction‘s , animal science specialists. Study programme is unique for for having three specializations: cynology, horse breeding, aquiculture. Programme is designed for developing students knowledge about animals, that are kept for aesthetic and communication requirements, it‘s appliance in recreation, bussiness and other requirements. Studies plan was renewed in 2014. Some of disciplines were unified, some had their content adjusted, and besides that there were some new disciplins created, satying within 20 pct. of main disciplines adjustment from programme inventory. Considering students intentions and expectations SPK permanent and extended Animal science studies had changed disciplines‘ name and content from „Animal production output“ to „Rural animal‘s breeding II“.
Animal science committee transfered discipline „Mathematics and informatics“ (3 ECTS credits) from II year to I year, considering to discipline‘s sequence, and the discipline „Forage science“ (3 ECTS credits) was transfered from I year to II year. SPK had adjusted the content of disciplines, considering studies quality improvement and students intentions: two modules, i.e. „Rural animal‘s breeding I“ (15 ECTS credits) and „Rural animal‘s breeding II (15 ECTS credits) were eliminated and a module „Animal breeding“ (10 ECTS credits) was suggested instead. After suggesting a new module with a lesser count of credits, the rest of 20 ECTS were distributed as following: 5 ECTS credits were added for specializations (from 18 credits for specializations to 23 ECTS credits), the discipline „Applied ecology and animal safety“ was enlarged by 3 ECTS credits (from 6 ECTS credits to 9 ECTS credits) and two new disciplines were involved – „Animal therapy for patients rehabilitation“ (6 ECTS credits) and „Applied health psychology“ (6 ECTS credits).
Committee of studies programme involved more elective disciplines like „Horse‘s breeding technologies“, „Animals and health“ and „World‘s biological variety“, considering to students suggestions that were told during sessions.
There were agreements signed with foreign universitieson animal science committee member‘s and LUHS International relations and studies center initiative, and through these agreements students of animal science study programme now have an opportunity to leave abroad for Erasmus programme studies to such foreign universities and companies as following: Kaposvá University – Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Hungary); SGGW – Warsaw University of Life Sciences – Faculty of Animal Sciences (Poland); University of Agriculture in Krakow (Poland); The University of Szeged, Faculty of Agriculture (Vengrija); Elmtree dog training and education centre (England).
Access to professional activity or further study:
Access to professional activity:
Further studies opportunities:
Prospective programme‘s studies results – knowledge and abilities necessary for animal product‘s sales and services in companies, forage manufacturing and sales companies, recreational services bussiness structures (rural tourism homesteads), public safety institutions (state board security, customs-house, police, national defence, inprisonment institutions cynology centers), various non- governmental organizations, health recreation services center (canitherapy, hippotherapy), animal shelters, besides that to develop own bussiness.
Programme‘s place among other study programmes of other universities, of the same direction.
Animal science main study programme is the only Animal science branche‘s programme in Lithuania, which is pursued in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
In summary, it can be claimed that this study programme is unique and corresponds University‘s mission, nowadays scientific tendencies. Programme‘s aims and predictable studies results are precise, public, corresponds studies sort, first level and VI qualifications level. Since 1st graduate students are going to graduate in 2017, comprehensive study programme‘s aim, results description and evaluation cannot be given. In pursuit of match of expectations of social partners, a further periodic supervision of studies is necessary. A periodic supervision of study programmes and tendencies, scientific researches, employment market. Programme theme‘s in Lithuania and foreign countries, in pursuit of expeditiously reacting when correcting and adjusting study programme‘s results.
Access to further study:
Animal science study programme‘s graduates will be able to continue studies - master studies.