Course: Pet Animal Husbandry

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Course title Pet Animal Husbandry
Course code 2230/HAZZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zapletal David, Prof. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Syllabus of: Lectures 1st Lecture Introduction. General characterization of specific types of animal husbandry. Importance of pet husbandry for people. 2nd Lecture Domestication. Terms related to animal reproduction and prolificacy. The common reproductive methods used in pet breeding. 3rd Lecture Dog husbandry - activities with dogs, basic biological characteristics, reproduction and breeding. 4th Lecture Dog husbandry - raising of puppies and rearing of adult dogs, housing, health issue. 5th Lecture Dog husbandry - canine organizations, FCI - breeding strategies and rules, dog shows. 6th Lecture Cat husbandry - basic biological characteristics, FIFe breeding organizations. Principles of raising of kittens and adult cats. Breeding rules and genetic issues. 7th Lecture Cat breeds - important worlds breeds of cats according to FIFe. 8th Lecture Ferret husbandry - biological characteristics, recognized breeds and varieties. Basic principles of ferret rearing in household conditions. 9th Lecture Rabbit husbandry - biological characteristics, raising and breeding in terms of smallholders, housing conditions. Husbandry of dwarf rabbits. Rabbit breeds. 10th Lecture Husbandry of small rodents - basic biological characteristics, rearing and breeding aspects of chinchillas, degus, gerbils, Guinea pigs, mice, rats, and hamsters. 11th Lecture Husbandry of exotic birds - general division, important species. Basic biological characteristics, raising and breeding principles of important species. 12th Lecture Husbandry of reptiles - division, important species of snakes, lizards, turtles and tortoises, and crocodiles. Biological characteristics, raising and breeding principles of important species. 13th Lecture Tuition prior to examination. Practical works 1st practical Introduction. A breed - definition, breeding goal and breed standard, lower taxonomic units. Degeneration of a breed. 2nd practical Pedigrees - types of pedigrees in stocks. Pure-breeding - methods, calculation of inbreeding coefficient. 3rd practical Dog breeds I - important worlds breeds of dogs according to FCI - groups I-V. 4th practical Dog breeds II - important worlds breeds of dogs according to FCI - groups VI-X. 5th practical Husbandry of selected species - breeds, varieties, housing, breeding, health and genetic issue. 6th practical Husbandry of selected species - breeds, varieties, housing, breeding, health and genetic issue. 7th practical Award of a credit.

Learning activities and teaching methods
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Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to acquaint students with the husbandry of pet animals. Clarification of phylogeny of selected species, breed taxonomy, and basics of prolificasy and breeding methods in terms of animal breeding. Moreover to describe basic biological characteristics of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, hamsters, cavies, rats, mice, gerbils, degus. To focus on organized breeding of dogs, cats, and rabbits. To clarify raising basics of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, important species of small rodents, exotic birds, reptiles, and amphibians.


Assessment methods and criteria
Compulsory attendance on practical works, possibility of 1 absence. To present a 10-minute presentation about the husbandry of chosen species of pet animals. Passing the examination test.
Recommended literature
  • CAMPBELL, K., CAMPBELL, J. Companion Animals: Their Biology, Care, Health, and Management.. USA: Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN 9780135047675.
  • Ďuran, A. Animal Husbandry. UVM Košice, 2003.
  • Meredith, A., Johnson-Delaney, C. BSAVA Manual of Exotic Pets.. BSAVA, 2010. ISBN 1905319169.
  • Meredith, A., Keeble, E. BSAVA Manual of Rodents and Ferrets. BSAVA, 2009. ISBN 1905319088.
  • Pond, W.G., Bell, A.W. Encyclopedia of Animal Science. New York, 2004.

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