Online Microcredential in Nature & Environment

Veterinary Practitioners and the Food Supply Chain

Get postgraduate CPD training in food safety and sustainable animal production from the UK’s number one ranked veterinary school.

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The University of GlasgowThe University of Glasgow

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Advance your veterinary training in protecting and securing the food chain

Veterinarians play a crucial role in the food chain, and training in ‘farm to fork’ food production is vital for national food security and public health.

This microcredential is designed for veterinarians to learn how they can work to ensure food hygiene and safety through sustainable livestock production.

Led by experienced veterinary educators in farm animal health and welfare and public health, you’ll increase your knowledge and awareness of key national and global threats to animal food production and food security.

As you explore the past, present, and future challenges to the health and welfare of livestock, you’ll consider the threats of antimicrobial resistance, epizootic diseases, emerging infectious diseases and animal welfare challenges.

You’ll appraise strategies to proactively improve food safety and to protect the food supply chain through preventive veterinary medicine.

You’ll also reflect on your professional practice and identify how to create opportunities to better serve your clients throughout the food supply chain, improving both animal and human health.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

What skills will you learn?

  • Veterinary surveillance
  • Diagnostics and sampling
  • Preventive veterinary medicine
  • Animal Welfare skills
  • Food chain information
  • Veterinary public health skills

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the roles and responsibilities of practising veterinarians engaged in the food supply chain from farm to fork
  • Evaluate past, present and future challenges to the health and welfare of livestock and their impacts on food production and public health
  • Evaluate strategies to proactively improve food safety and protect the supply chain through the practise of preventive veterinary medicine

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

In order to join this microcredential, you should be a qualified veterinarian who holds an undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine.

This course is aimed at veterinary practitioners working in private farm animal and mixed practice, government veterinary service and meat hygiene.

It will be assessed through online examinations involving multiple-choice questions, extended matching questions and clinical decision-making questions.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This credential is designed for veterinary professionals who would like to upskill in farm animal health and animal welfare and its links to food production.

The credential can be used for CPD as required by the RCVS, as an insight into MSc level study in veterinary medicine, or to upskill and improve your opportunities for employment within the government veterinary sector.

The academic credits earned from this microcredential may also create interest in completing Glasgow’s MSc Food Security and MSc One Health postgraduate degree programmes.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll be enrolled directly with The University of Glasgow, allowing you access to the University library and student services.

  • Course 1

    From 27 Jul 2020

    Welcome to Veterinary Practitioners and the Food Supply Chain

    Introduction to the University of Glasgow and the key topics of this micro-credential.

    1 week

    10 hours per week

  • Course 2

    From 3 Aug 2020

    Improving Livestock Health and Welfare

    Examine how food safety begins with feed safety. Consider endemic disease control and opportunities for better welfare outcomes.

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 3

    From 24 Aug 2020

    Diagnostics, Surveillance and Horizon Scanning

    Explore how veterinary surveillance, diagnostics and horizon scanning for new disease threats protect animal health.

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • Course 4

    From 14 Sep 2020

    From Slaughter to Consumption

    Consider the importance of food chain and abattoir data, and how food hygiene and antimicrobial resistance affect public health.

    3 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Once you have successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive 10 academic credits at Postgraduate level from The University of Glasgow.

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The University of Glasgow

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by experts

Dr Philip Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and RCVS Recognised Specialist in State Veterinary Medicine.

Dr Ellie Wigham is a lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Glasgow Veterinary school and ECAWBM resident in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.

Veterinary clinician in disease investigation and surveillance at the University of Glasgow. RCVS Specialist in Sheep Health and Production and European specialist in Small Ruminant Health Management.

Helen Carty is Veterinary Centre Manager at the SRUC Ayr Veterinary Surveillance Hub. Her work includes farm animal pathology, disease investigation and technical cattle health scheme support.

Noelia Yusta is a Lecturer in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and RCVS specialised in Food Safety.

Dr Paul Everest is a senior lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Glasgow and an honorary Professor of Medical Microbiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Megan Fergusson is a Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC Ayr. Her work mainly includes farm animal pathology and disease investigations.

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