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The specialization 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.

Animal Health

The specialisation Applied Animal Sciences focuses on various areas: animal health, animal nutrition and animal welfare. These are the fields in which applied biologists are most likely to build their career. These topics are not treated as separate subjects, but are all interrelated.

Animal Nutrition and Animal Welfare

Good nutrition and health are prerequisites for animal welfare. Poor welfare and an incorrect diet can lead to illness. Similarly, disease and incorrect nutrition are factors that reduce welfare. In the 4th year of the HAS Applied Biology study programme, the topics of animal nutrition, animal health and animal welfare are covered sequentially during the first 2 terms. However, their interrelationship is an underlying theme, and you will be expected to recognise the links and interdependencies.

Welfare Quality® Eye

Welfare Quality® is a European supported system for measuring animal welfare, developed on the basis of features and measurements of animals. This system is built on the well known ‘five freedoms’ theory.

Using the Welfare Quality® Eye you will choose an approach for your (research) project. Lecturers and supervisors of HAS University of Applied Sciences will assist you in setting up your research and will learn you to see the interconnection between all different subjects in the Eye.

A project in Applied Animal Science

Your research projects focus on 2 learning aims:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.