VET331 Differentiation in Aquatic Animal Medicine
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Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2018 .
Course responsible: Øystein Evensen
ECTS credits: 27.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
Teaching exam periods:
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Course frequency: Yearly
First time: 2018H
Nutrition of carnivorous fish species, Introduction and overview of the importance of nutrition as a basis for good health, and the effects of malnutrition
Self-study and preparation work to accomplish a thesis within 13.5 weeks.
Scientific and methodological specialization related to the thesis through participation in conferences, meetings and self-study in a relevant subject.
To create interest and knowledge about the various tasks a laboratory veterinary has. We will look at the career opportunities a vet have within laboratory animals and teach the students to start thinking critical and ethical like a real scientist. To increse the student's skills in practical handling and simple methods (like blood tests and injection methods) and surgical methods (like OVHV and tooth pull) of rabbit, rat and mice. Aswell as get to know these species as laboratory animals, we would like to have a closer look at them as pets.
The teaching in the differentiation year in aquatic medicine will provide students with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge about infectious diseases in farmed salmon, the diagnosis of these, principles about prevention by vaccination and the underlying immunological mechanisms and importance of nutrition for fish health.
Provide an overview of the importance of nutrition for good fish health (with emphasis on salmonids).
After completing the course the students will:
- Have good knowledge of the nutritional requirements of salmonid fish.
- Have knowledge of nutrient sources used in feed for salmonids.
- The relationship between vegetable and marine feed ingredients in fish feed.
- The importance of anti-nutrients in vegetable feed ingredients.
- The vegetable feed ingredients and intestinal health.
Provide an insight into the clinical fish health/aquatic medicine and/or production conditions in a breeding farm for fish.
After the practice period the students will have knowledge of typical, clinical problems in fish farms, understand how to analyze and diagnose disease problems under practical conditions.
With the work experience on breeding farms, students will be familiar with the daily feeding and curing routines at a breeding farm.
Provide an introduction to disease control in aquaculture (with emphasis on salmonids).
After completing the course the students will:
- Have good knowledge of the principles of disease control in aquaculture.
- Have knowledge of systematization and presentation of data describing the disease in breeding farmed populations.
- Have knowledge of instruments for use in disease control.
- Have knowledge of disease control in wild fish populations (
- Have knowledge of methods of cost benefit analysis of the resources used in disease control
Provide an introduction to fish welfare in modern fish breeding (with emphasis on samonids).
After completing the course the students will:
- Have good knowledge of the criteria for the welfare of salmonoids.
- Have knowledge of the concepts used in the field of welfare and understand how it is defined.
- Know comparative aspects of welfare in modern animal husbandry.
- Harvest the practical experience of critical points during the production of salmonids that are important for fish welfare.
Give more time associated with tasks that require extra preparation.
After the practice period the students will have detailed knowledge of the academic subject as the thesis deals with.
Enhanced hands-on clinical work at individual levels out in the farms/fields with focus on cattle and pigs, as well as some sheep and horse- practice
After the course the student shall have extended knowledge- and skill level with regards to dealing with practical work in clinics on production animals and horses, as well as to assess this against the need to take action at the herd level and to implement such measures.
Program Production of salmonids The program consists of lectures, practical exercises, group discussions, exercises in wet labeling (Solbergstrand / fish farm on Ås).
Program Diagnostics and diagnostic methods The teaching will be a combination of lectures and practical laboratory work, presentations by representatives from diagnostic companies.
Program Water quality The program consists of lectures, practical exercises and group discussions.
Program Disease control in aquaculture The teaching will be a combination of lectures, assignments, group discussions and presentations from industry, suppliers and management.
Program Clinical nutrition of farmed fish
Teaching will be a combination of lectures and exercises.
Program External work veterinarian/breeding farm
Students deliver a brief report at the end of the practice period.
Program Disease control in Aquaculture
Teaching will be a combination of lectures, assignments, and presentations by participants from industry, suppliers and management.
Program dish welfare
Teaching will be a combination of lectures, exercises and a field course (practical course)
Elective arrangement: 1 week
There is a total of 1 week, 1.5 ECTS in which the student can choose from the following arrangements in the differentiation in medicine in aquaculture:
Program Scientific and methodological specialization related to the thesis
The period may include participation in meetings, work experience in administrative or production environments, or in research environments within the industry.
Program Ambulatory clinic
The teaching will take place in small groups with a lot of self-study under supervision.
Time: Spring semester, or summer or December. Exact time period are agreed upon individually after agreement with Hans Petter Kjæstad, depending on the capacity of the section and adapted to the individual student¿s participation in mandatory education
Program Optional laboratory animcal science
From 2016, this couse will be an "inverse classroom". It means that the students will get access to lectures in form of instruction videos and they have to reviewing the syllabus in the form of own work. The gatherings (flipped sessions) with lecturer will be used for review of group assignment, discussion and practical work with the animals/cadavers
Part 1: Laboratory animal science
We will delve into the subject and looking specifically at what tasks a vet can have within laboratory animals.
Part 2: Clinical examination techniques on living animals.
We will work specifically with clinical examination and simple techniques (like blood samples and infection methods) on rabbit, rat and mice.
Part 3: Surgery methods
We will work specifically with surgical methods (like OVHV and tooth pull) on cadavers of rabbit, rat and mice.
This is defined by the supervisor and will consist of text books, scientific review articles and original articles, technical reports and other relevant literature.
Completed 1-9. semester of the veterinary medicine program
Based on the examination in medicine in aquaculture from 8th semester
Compulsory education and study requirements Production of salmonids Laboratory exercises are mandatory. Oral test
Compulsory education and study requirements Diagnostics and diagnostic methods The laboratory part of the course is mandatory. Multiple choice test and approval of laboratory reports.
Compulsory teaching and study requirements Water quality The course is compulsory for students with aquaculture as specialization. Written assignment of assignment.
Compulsory education and study requirements Disease control in aquaculture The course is compulsory for students with aquaculture as specialization. Written assignment of assignment.
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: Clinical nutrition of farmed fish
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: External work veterinarian/breeding farm
Mandatory attendance during the entire practice period id required.
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: Disease control in Aquaculture
The course is mandatory for students with aquaculture as a specialization.
Written submission of the thesis is required.
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: Fish welfare
The field course is mandatory.
Written test/submission of assigment
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: Scientific and methodological specialization related to the thesis
Mandatory attendance. The student submits a brief report.
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: Ambulatory clinic
Everything is mandatory, including shift participation. Approval of submitted records.
Mandatory teaching and program requirements: Optional animal laboratory science
- Attendance: All gatherings (flipped sessions 1, 2 and 3) is mandatory.
- Participation in the review of the group tasks.
To pass the academic specialization, assignments, reports and tests need to be approved in line with what has been described for each subject. Students may have to wait until next year if no assignments, reports and tests are approved after 3 attempts. In addition, the student must attend mandatory activity. If the student has a valid absence of this, it may be accepted with later work experience in the same academic year. If invalid absence, the student must wait until the next time it is held. Subject manager keeps lists of students with approved topics in the academic study and file them. Subject manager acknowledges the subject as approved on the censorship form to the student.
Presence and mandatory activities have to be completed in order to get approved. It is the students responsibility to ensure that the optional part will be completed, and it will not be given extra lectures unless the students can document valid absence.
Course supervisor gives diploma/certificate and/or acknowledge the evaluation form where the chosen part will be listed. Only 100% completed optional tasks is approved.
To pass the differentiation direction of medicine in aquaculture, the following 2 parts must be passed:
- Thesis (20 ECTS): Passed
Norwegian and English names should be applied to the diploma
- Specialization in medicine in aquaculture: Passed
(Consists of 26.0 ECTS mandatory part and 1.5 ECTS elective part).
Censorship form and 2 copies of the thesis must be delivered SFA no later than two week before the end of the term for the diploma to be issued to exam completing.
Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed 1-9. semester of the veterinary medicine program
Up to one week of the elective courses can be taken externally.
This requires 100 % attendance.
It is essential that this is a full day on a small animal- or horse practice.
The clinic must meet the same requirements for approval that are set in the small animal- and horse direction.
The student must participate in on-call arrangements.
Quarantine rules: No contact with rodents or rabbits on 48 hours. No contact with animal abroad on 72 hours.
Notify if you have allergy against animals, dust or grass
Open for everybodt: Maximum 12 participants.
No special requirements
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