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Farm animal training for young vets

Posted 8 September 2011

Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Up and coming young vets have the chance to get a head start from the competition prior to applying for university thanks to a practical, hands-on course run by Harper Adams.

An Introduction to Farm Animal Management and Production is a three-day course specifically designed for potential applicants to Veterinary Science degree programmes.

It provides delegates with sufficient knowledge to be able to identify and understand modern animal production systems and their impact on animal health and welfare.

Half a day will be spent on each of the five animal systems – dairy, beef, sheep, pig and poultry, through a series of practical and theoretical sessions. There are also farm enterprise visits with industry specialist vets.

Course Leader, Lecturer Alan Stewart, said: “Attending this course will provide evidence of the student’s commitment, passion and knowledge of the vast subject area of livestock production.

“This may be used to complement a future application to study Veterinary Science or similar, and has been recognised as valuable by a number of UK Vet Schools.

“Students from non-agricultural backgrounds can often find it extremely different to gain on-farm work experience. This course provides an opportunity for those young people.”

Following the course, delegates need to successfully complete an assessment, which is equivalent to five Higher Education (HE) credits at Level 4.

The minimum age for delegates is 16, and with high demand, registering interest with the Short Course and Conference Office is recommended. Contact 01952 815324 or visit

This year, Farm Animal Management and Production took place last week, watch the video to meet some of the students.

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