Unit 1: The animal health industry

The animal health industry covers a huge range of organisations and people.

This session will look at the major players in the care of farm animal health and welfare in the UK. The history of the development of veterinary medicines and treatments will be traced and the emergence of preventative health planning highlighted.

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Name the key players in the animal health industry
  • State the developments that have been made in animal care
  • Explain the reasons for the development of preventative care
  • Identify recent emerging diseases in the UK

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Interactive activity


Video clips

useful websites

Useful websites

  • Welsh Assembly
  • The health and welfare of farm animals is central to the work of the Welsh Assembly Government

    Animal health and welfare

  • The Royal Veterinary Colleges' Museum of Veterinary History

  • http://www.rvc.ac.uk/AboutUs/Services/Museums/Museum.cfm#tour

  • DEFRA - Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Animal Health and Welfare
    The health and welfare of animals is central to Defra's work of protecting and improving livestock and controlling and eradicating disease. The animal health and Welfare pages are divided into various subject areas each with its own 'Home page' and 'Latest news' section.

  • http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/index.htm

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Health is the government's executive agency primarily responsible for ensuring that farmed animals in Great Britain are healthy, disease-free and well looked after.


  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  • The VMD is an Executive Agency of DEFRA. It is responsible for the safe and effective use of veterinary medicinal products.


  • Veterinary Laboratories Agency
  • VLA provides a wide range of applied research and consultancy, diagnostic and surveillance on farm animal diseases to Government, the livestock health industry and private sector..


  • FAWC - Farm Animal Welfare Council
  • The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) is an independent advisory body established by the Government in 1979. It reviews the welfare of farm animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at the place of slaughter and advises the Government of any legislative or other changes that may be necessary.


  • CIWF - Compassion in World Farming
  • Compassion in World Farming is recognised as the leading international farm animal welfare organisation actively campaigning to improve the lives of farmed animals all around the world.


  • RSPCA - Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • http://www.rspca.org.uk/

  • PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  • http://www.peta.org.uk//

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