The specialisation Applied Animal Sciences focuses on various areas: animal health, animal nutrition and animal welfare. During the programme students work in projects that are directly linked to companies that are active in the animal industry. They work with clients and contribute to solving real-life problems. Besides that, students have the opportunity to specialise themselves in a field of expertise of their own interest, and gather more knowledge and skills about topics which are needed for the job they are aiming for.
There is a wide range of possible study areas, including recognition and prevention of diseases, epidemiology, infection, vaccination, antibiotics, anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, digestion, feed evaluation systems, animal welfare, ethics, policy and legislation, animal stress, emotions and measuring animal welfare.
The specialisation Applied Animal Sciences is a combination of theoretical knowledge and a research-based project. These form the basis of your weekly timetable: you will spend time attending lectures at the HAS and you will spend time working on your research project for a company, directly applying the theory you have learnt, in practice.
Your research projects focus on 2 learning aims:
- Defining and carrying out applied practical research
Through working in a small group, you will learn how to define and carry out research. You will follow an entire research process: from writing a research plan through to presenting the final results in the form of an article. If you have an idea for your research project, you can discuss the possibilities with the module tutor.
- Project-based working
You will rarely carry out research alone. It is therefore important that you are able to work in a project-based approach. You will acquire these skills in the groups in which you carry out the research