2017-2018 / VETE0036-5

Ecology applied to domestic animals
  • Common courses
  • Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing


Common courses : 20h Th, 12h Pr
Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing : 10h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in veterinary medicine4 crédits 


Common courses : Jean-François Cabaraux
Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing : Jean-François Cabaraux


Jean-François Cabaraux

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course presents the characteristics of the domestic animals environment in the specialized breeding systems by showing in what these characteristics can have an influence on their welfare, their health and their level of production.

The course evokes as well the influence of the animal presence on the general quality of the environment.

Common courses

It is divided into two parts.
-The first part deals with general subjects in touch with all the species: air pollution level inside the animal houses; the lighting of animal houses, in connection with animal requirements, and the possible sources of noise pollution; waste production and their use; factors interfering with the thermal comfort of animals; the evaluation of buildings heat insulation and ventilation...
-The second part describes the specific modalities of housing  of the diverse categories of domestic animals and presents the contents of the legislations related to it. An approach of each species is presented.

Complement on pets and laboratory animals housing

The chapters of this section are:

  • the housing of horses;
  • the legislations concerning dogs, cats and other pet animals housing and breeding;
  • the legislation concerning laboratory animal housing and protection

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of the course of ecology applied to domestic animals is to supply the useful information so that a veterinarian is capable:

- to analyze the diverse constituents of the environment susceptible to interfere with animal welfare, health and level of production;

- To determine, on the basis of this analysis, if the environment satisfies the animal requirements.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Common courses

some knowledges in chemistry, physics and physiology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Practical exercises integrate the data of the various chapters. They are based on examination of plans of animal houses to be analyzed and to be interpreted.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

This course, both for the theoretical and the practical parts, is not the object of a presentation in public. It is proposed to every student via an on-line support (e-campus).

Recommended or required readings

A syllabus with 2 volumes is availabe.

Assessment methods and criteria

written examination (multiple choice)

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Pr JF Cabaraux: jfcabaraux@ulg.ac.be