Recent years have seen spectacular developments in the sciences related to the biology of domesticated animals. At the same time, research once confined to the laboratory has been widely popularized. Issues such as animal welfare, the quality and safety of animal produce (meat, milk, eggs) or the impact of livestock on the environment are a concern to society and are increasingly helping to shape the opinion and eating habits of consumers. It would therefore seem necessary to have a master's degree in the Spanish university system to train graduates and engineers from the field of animal husbandry. The aim is to promote and develop sustainable production (that continues to be rational and economically viable) and to introduce students to research which will underpin future developments in this field.
The Master's Degree in Animal Husbandry aims to complement the training of those who wish to specialize in the main areas of sustainable livestock farming and to introduce doctorate students to related fields of research. The aim is therefore to provide students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to do the following:
Assess the impact of farming practices on animal welfare and its ethical implications.
Optimize farm animal feeding while monitoring productivity, health, body condition and longevity.
Evaluate and modify the sensory and nutritional quality of animal products.
Ensure the safety of food of animal origin.
Establish automation and environmental monitoring programmes on farms.
Evaluate and address the impact of farming on the environment.
Develop sustainable livestock systems.
Carry out independent research.
Graduates from the fields of animal production or biology, such as agronomists, technical agricultural engineers, veterinary or biology graduates.
Candidates will be selected based on their academic record, CV and a personal interview.
Department of Animal Science
Ministry of Education