VM1002 - Animal Husbandry Extra-mural Studies

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health
Credit Units
Course Duration
12 weeks in vacations of Years 1 and 2
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2022/23, Summer 2023

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

The purpose of husbandry EMS is to further develop your communication skills, professionalism and skills in animal handling and animal husbandry of all common domestic species including companion animals (cats, dogs, horses) and production animals (dairy cattle, small ruminants (sheep or goats), pigs, poultry and fish) through placements at operating farms, stables and other authentic animal establishments such as kennels and animal shelters.  

The completion of this course is a curricular milestone that requires 12 weeks of satisfactory performance in husbandry EMS placements involving companion and production animals. Students on husbandry EMS placements will work under the day-to-day direction of the farm/establishment manager and will actively participate in the routine management of the herd/flock/kennels. Students will typically undertake their Animal Husbandry EMS in one- or two-week blocks with each block being undertaken in a different farm or animal establishment. Husbandry EMS placements can be completed in Hong or abroad with the approval of the course leader. The language match between the student and the farm/establishment staff must be considered when planning placements.

EMS placements occur in working commercial or charitable environments with which the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) has established a relationship. These relationships take time to initiate and maintain as they rely on the goodwill of these animal providers. Please bear in mind that you have an important role in promoting the professionalism of the JCC, and your attitude and behaviour will determine whether these establishments will be happy to continue to offer EMS placements to students after completion of your placement. This is a precious opportunity for you to demonstrate your professionalism, communication skills and your work ethic. You should treat your placement as if you are a new employee - accept responsibility when participating in the daily operational activities of the farm/animal establishment, complete tasks in a timely manner, show initiative and volunteer when tasks need to be done after checking in with the supervisor/staff. Some activities may be new for you and will include manual labour, for example mucking out a stable, or emptying and cleaning litter trays. Your willingness to participate in these everyday animal husbandry tasks is an important part of developing team building and leaderships skills, as well as understanding more about the essentials of animal management.  You will also make observations as appropriate of the structure of the animal holding facilities and the impact of weather events on animals in those facilities, management of the food and water supply, management of waste, food conversion efficiency, reproductive rates, growth rates, animal identification techniques, and data records and recording.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
The manager of the establishment will assess the performance of each student using a Likert scale to assess attitude, professional appearance, communication skills, animal handling abilities and understanding of animal management. Students are required to complete a reflective assignment based on a placement of their choice reflecting on the management system, husbandry and welfare of the animals. This will be marked according to the rubric below. Students are also required to complete a questionnaire as part of a survey conducted to self-assess their animal handling and husbandry skills upon completion of their 12 weeks of husbandry EMS placements. The EMS Coordinator will consider the Supervisor’s assessment, the contents of the reflective assignment and completion of the questionnaire to determine whether the student has satisfied the course requirements. A PASS grade will be awarded for satisfactory performance, whereas an unsatisfactory performance requires that the particular r
Detailed Course Information


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