Taught course

Veterinary Public Health

Institution
Ulster University · School of Biomedical Sciences
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Public Health must have gained an Honours or non-Honours degree in veterinary medicine from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution of another country, which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard. Normally students will be expected to have a minimum of one-year post qualification experience prior to commencement of the programme.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Veterinary Public Health (VPH) is a subject area which includes all aspects of public health that can be protected or improved by application of veterinary science. It links the animal and human health with the environment and plays a pivotal role in the development of an integrated ‘farm to fork’ approach to food safety. This programme is designed to provide postgraduate and professionally relevant advanced training in VPH. The programme focuses on the core domains of VPH in relation to the regulatory responsibilities of the official veterinarians for the protection of animal health and welfare and human health. This programme enables official veterinarians to meet the demands for straightforward and clear answers regarding the potential risks (both microbial and non-microbial) associated with the consumption of, or exposure to, products of animal origin, issues of animal welfare and protection of the environment. This programme fulfils the additional requirement for the training of official veterinarians as set out in European Regulation 854/2004.

This programme provides students with broad knowledge and understanding of veterinary public health and promotes their ability to assess available evidence and data, make sound judgements and communicate findings effectively to all stakeholders in the food chain – producers, regulators, industry and consumers. Relevant EU food regulatory policy is integrated within the lectures and translated into a coherent regulatory framework so that students will grasp the complex idea of total regulation of the food chain from primary production through to consumer health issues. Core domains of VPH are addressed in relation to the regulatory responsibilities of the veterinarians and the protection of animal health and welfare and human health.

Teaching is through online lectures, online discussions, individual support, video and internet links with staff, independent learning, and work in small groups.

The programme provides students with broad knowledge and understanding of the VPH together with the modern risk based ‘farm to fork' approach to food safety and its implementation. Core domains of VPH will be addressed as they relate to the regulatory responsibilities of the official veterinarian and the protection of animal health and welfare and human health. Relevant EU food regulatory policy is integrated within the lectures and translated into a coherent regulatory framework so that students grasp the complex idea of total regulation of the food chain from the primary production to the consumer health issues.

This is a part-time programme which is entirely internet delivered. European and global experts in veterinary science, law, economics, and policy contribute to the course. The awards are granted jointly between the Ulster University (UK), and University College Dublin (IRL).

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

distance learning
8 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Kristina Pentieva
Email
science@ulster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 28 7012 4159