Course code NOVA-303

NOVA-303 Dog Breeding and Genetics

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2017 - 2018 .

ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
June-block. One week's on-site course in June 2018 (4-8 June) in Hafjell/Øyer. Exam within two weeks after the on-site course.
Course frequency: The course will be held as a NOVA course in 2018.
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Course contents:

The course will cover important topics within dog breeding and genetics, topics that are important for a future ethical and sustainable dog breeding in the Nordic countries. Hence, the objective of the course is to provide a platform for more sustainable and ethical dog breeding.

Within animal breeding in general, the Nordic countries have proved a high genetic level combined with high ethical standards in production. The criteria of "sustainable breeding" have been defined, quantified and put into practice, not at least through cooperation with the respective universities and their research programs. The importance of these aspects of dog breeding will be well integrated into the course through the following topics:

  • Ethical dog breeding
  • Breeding goals in dogs
  • Genetics of performance, conformation and behavioral traits
  • Genetics of health traits
  • Color genetics
  • Breeding for behavior
  • The role of dog shows
  • Molecular developments and dog breeding
  • Breeding plans
  • Inbreeding and small populations
  • Crossbreeding and creation of new breeds
  • Status of dog breeding vs. farm animal breeding
Learning outcome:

Knowledge:

  • more knowledge of what is meant by sustainable and ethical dog breeding through learning about relationships between breeding for show dogs and all the genetic defects present in many popular dog breeds, the genetics of performance, health and conformation traits as well as genetics of behavior
  • increased knowledge of effects of inbreeding in small dog populations and the possibilities to crossbreed for making working and sledge dogs with specified traits

Skills:

  • making breeding plans including all important traits in dog breeding
  • communicating with Kennel Clubs, breed clubs and individual breeders

Competence:

  • setting up breeding plans
  • planning breed strategies
  • estimating breeding values
  • being advisors to the "dog breeding world"
Learning activities:
The course will be given one week in June 2018 (4-8 June) as an intensive course with lectures 8.30-14.30 and seminars 15.00-18.00. Teachers from all Nordic countries will do the lecture part, while seminars will be teacher initiated but partly student driven. There will be a pre-campus assignment to be handed in by the start of the course and a written exam within 2 weeks after the course. During all lectures, students are asked (in groups) to summarize the lecture topics, emphasizing the most important take-home messages. In the seminars, students will have to present specific topics, given them 1-2 days in advance. The presented topics for the seminars will be based on scientific articles, both international and specifically Nordic.
Syllabus:
The students will receive the reading list in due time.
Recommended prerequisites:
Bachelor degree or comparable education within biological sciences or animal sciences. The students do not have to be specializing in animal breeding.
Mandatory activity:
Participation in the on-site course.
Assessment:
There will be a pre-campus assignment to be handed in by the start of the course and a written exam within 2 weeks after the course, evaluated with either/or (Pass/fail).
Nominal workload:
  • 40 hrs pre-course reading
  • 15 hrs seminars
  • 30 hrs lectures
  • 20 hrs independent reading during the course
  • 45 hrs post-course reading for exam
  • (all together 150 hrs)
Entrance requirements:
Bachelor degree or comparable education within biological sciences or animal sciences. The students do not have to be specializing in animal breeding.
Type of course:
  • 15 hrs seminars
  • 30 hrs lectures
  • in total: 45 hrs
Note:

This course is a joint NOVA Master's course organised by Odd Vangen, NMBU. Academic staff from NMBU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the University of Helsinki and the University of Copenhagen will teach the course. A representative from the Swedish Kennel Club will also contribute on the course. Please see the course description on NOVA's website for more information on the course:

https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/msc-courses/msc-2018/node/33611

Examiner:
Examination details: Continous Exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått