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Animal welfare, legislation and epizootiology

This course provides a general introduction to the topics animal welfare, epizootology/epidemiology and food safety, including relevant national and international legislation. The course covers the layout and design of legislation, i.e. an introduction to the legal system which governs veterinary activities in Sweden. Furthermore, an overview of the principles for official animal welfare control, disease control and food hygiene control is given. Current issues in animal welfare and ethics are brought up, as is a scientific approach to animal welfare risks. The writing of correct and legally valid veterinary certificates is discussed. The training in epizootologi is focused on current legislation, principles of disease control and the formal definition of freedom from disease, including preventive measures, biosecurity and control of zoonotic diseases. Food hygiene and feed and food control, and the work carried out by central and regional authorities in relation to food issues from a veterinary perspective are also included.

Additional course evaluations for VM0122

Academic year 2021/2022

Animal welfare, legislation and epizootiology (VM0122-20013) 2021-11-10 - 2021-12-12

Academic year 2020/2021

Animal welfare, legislation and epizootiology (VM0122-20042) 2020-11-11 - 2020-12-13

Academic year 2019/2020

Animal welfare, legislation and epizootiology (VM0122-20151) 2019-11-11 - 2019-12-11

VM0122 Animal welfare, legislation and epizootiology, 7.0 Credits

Djurskydd, författningskunskap och epizootologi

Syllabus approved



Veterinary Medicine

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge






Formats and requirements for examination

  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Animal Environment and Health
Cooperating departments:
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Replaces: VM0097
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Veterinary Medicine programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 22767 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Veterinary Medicine
Course code: VM0122 Application code: SLU-20082 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Animal Environment and Health Pace: 100%