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Subject : Animal Sciences and Aquaculture (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

This programme trains professional animal scientists who are well equipped to tackle the problems of sustainable livestock and fish culture development, fisheries management and caring for companion animals.

There are eight specialisations:

  • Animal breeding and genetics, focuses on genetically improving farm animals by integrating quantitative, biological and molecular approaches. The use of DNA techniques to establish diversity is rapidly expanding, so this method is also included.
  • Animal nutrition - An important way of achieving efficiency in agricultural land use and food production is to optimise animal nutrition (e.g. in terms of nutrient flows). Research focuses on the conversion of feed biomass in farm animals.
  • Animal production systems - Solutions to many problems in animal production can only be found by taking into account the many interrelationships within the production sector and its relationships with ‘the rest of the world’. Animal production systems research is organised along two themes: design and analysis of production systems, and nutrient and mass flows (e.g. efficient use of local resources and reduction of environmental loading).
  • Aquaculture, combines knowledge from different disciplines (such as nutrition, growth, reproduction and health) with the aim of improving development of the culture of fish and molluscs worldwide. The interaction between the management of fish stocks and fisheries is important in this respect.
  • Companion animals - The specialisation companion animals combines knowledge from various disciplines (such as nutrition, growth, reproduction and health) directed at the optimal use and management of house pets (e.g. dogs and cats) and recreational animals (e.g horses).
  • Livestock & food sector, represents the ‘sector network’ concept and focuses on the production and processing of food from the primary source to its ultimate use while monitoring its quality with the aim of providing a healthy product.
  • Preventive animal health & welfare - has a multidisciplinary approach focusing on the effects of the production environment on health (epidemiology and immunology), behaviour, energy metabolism and reproductive processes.
  • Veterinary epidemiology and the economy, combines animal health management at the population level with socio-economic aspects.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in agriculture, biology, animal science, fisheries, veterinary sciences, or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5