Course code VET350B

VET350B Husbandry practice

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2022 - 2023 .

Course responsible: Hallgeir Flø
Teachers: Nicole Frost Nyquist, Marit Stormoen, Helene Ween, Andrew Michael Janczak, Øystein Evensen, Ane Christine Wammer Nødtvedt
ECTS credits: 0
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Fall semester
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Between the first and second year of study, the student must work four weeks with animal husbandry. Recognized productions are: Milkproductin in cows og goats, piglet-/ fattening pigproduction, poultry or seabased fishfarming.

One of the four weeks can be switched with one week at a sheepfarm during lambing.

The amount of work must be at least 37,5 hours a week.

Learning outcome:

The main goal with the practice is to give the student insight in normal husbandry practice. As of the European Coordination Committee for Veterinary Training (ECCVT) «Day One Competences»* the main focus should be on the following:


• Describe the basic prinsiples for holding and feeding the actual species. and to describe the flow of animals in the herd and how the diferent groups of animals are treated 

• Drescribe what kind of measures to prevent sickness and promote good healt the herd has installed, for example vaxination, parasittic treatment, biosecurity/zones

• Mention systemes for registration of diseases/birth/death/weight gain/yield in the herd.


• Handling the animals at the daily work and to do regular measures for the actual species, for example miking, feeding, branding, lice-count  and so on

• Recognice normal behaviour and reaction for the species (cow/goat/pig/fish/poultry)

• Consider the connection between enviroment, feeding, how the animals are kept, handling and welfare/health in the herd

• Use the herds routines for biosecurity in practice


• Consider the producers motivation and needs in connection to the farm

• Describe what advicers the producer have access to, and are using


Learning activities:
Participate actively with the actual species at the farm were they work
Teaching support:
Be in active dialog with the owner and/or those who work at the farm to get as much knowledge as possible
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

4 weeks of husbandry practice with at least 37,5 hours work per week in the summer between 1st and 2nd year of study

A maximum of 1 day approved absence allowed-all absence exceeding this must be re-taken on students' initiative.

Documentation for legal absence must be sent to the section for studies and reserch.


After the practice, a written essay has to be delivered at Canvas for peer-evaluation.

In the beginning of the 2nd year of study, there will be half a day with tasks to be solved in groups.

The grades are pass/fail

Nominal workload:
4 weeks with at least 37,5 hours work
Entrance requirements:
Veterinarystudents (VET)
Examination details: 4 weeks husbandry practice with submitted report: Passed / Not Passed