Taught course

Intensive Livestock Health and Production

Royal Veterinary College · Royal Veterinary College

Entry requirements

Our Intensive Livestock Health and Production course is designed for those working within the agri-food sector, with many of the assessments workplace targeted. Candidates not currently working within the agri-food sector wishing to undertake the course should contact the Programme Administrator at ilhp@rvc.ac.uk for further information. Entry to the PG Certificate will be open to graduates with a university degree. We invite applications from candidates with degrees in Veterinary Medicine or an Honours degree (first or second class) in biological sciences, animal sciences or livestock production. Other experience may be deemed equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is designed for those working in the agri-food sector (pigs and poultry). It is intended to enhance skills and improve economic competitiveness through the introduction of new methods, products and processes, utilising best practice in ethically appropriate ways, with a full understanding of economics and business efficiency.
The course comprises three core modules: *Principles and Practices of Food Systems (30 credits)- In this module, students will gain a deep insight into the social, political, veterinary and economic aspects of food systems and thus be able to understand issues within the system from a holistic perspective. *People in the System (15 credits)- The module draws upon social science perspectives to examine the structure of the contemporary agri-food system and explore key actors operating within it. The module considers how food is produced, processed, regulated and consumed. *Current Trends in Food Systems (15 credits)- The content of this module enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of the critical components of monogastric food systems, how they are managed and controlled.
Teaching is based around the 'RVC Learn' virtual learning environment and utilises self-directed and independent study, online presentations, work-based reflective tasks and use of discussion forums. All modules include formative assessments to integrate knowledge and to reflect on taught subjects.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test; or a TOEFL score of at least 93 (internet-based test with no element below 23),

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-36 months


distance learning
24-60 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+ 44 (0)20 7468 5147
+ 44 (0)20 7468 5311