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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2014

Author(s): Zehetner, Verena

Title: Vergleichende Betrachtung des Stundenanteils der Fächer Genetik, Tierzucht und der landwirtschaftlichen Betriebslehre in Curricula tiermedizinischer Bildungsstätten in EU-Ländern und der Schweiz.

Other title: Comparative analysis of the amount of teaching hours for the subjects genetics, animal breeding and agriculture in curricula of veterinary educational institutions in EU countries and the Switzerland

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 74.


Advisor(s):

Brem Gottfried

Reviewer(s):
Buchner Heinz

Vetmed Research Units:
Unit of Reproductive Biology


Graduation date: 15.09.2014


Abstract:
In this study, the supply of veterinary educational institutions in EU countries and the Switzerland in relation to the subjects Genetics, Animal Breeding and Agriculture/ Rural Economics was comparatively examined to confirm the hypothesis, that there is a north-south gradient in Europe. Therefore the currently valid curricula of 74 educational institutions from 26 countries were analysed. Based on those, ECTS points or semester periods per week were determined for each subject. To compare the results, the proportion of each subject was calculated on the total amount of hours of each educational institution an expressed in percent. In proportion to the total number of lessons, the ratio of the subject Genetics is with an average of 1.5 per cent of all countries the highest, followed by the subject Animal Breeding with 1.3 percent and the subject Agriculture with 0.6 percent. The subject Genetics was offered at all educational institutions, the share of the total number of lessons is 0.4 to 3.8 per cent. The countries with best results were Finland, the Switzerland and Belgium. There was no clear north-south gradient detected, as some central and northern European countries were well above average. The subject Animal Breeding was not offered in 4 countries, in the remaining 22 countries, the proportion to the total number of lessons ranged from 0.2 to 3.8 percent. The southern European countries I taly, Greece, Croatia and Spain were far above average. A clear south-north gradient in Europe for the subject Animal Breeding could be detected. The subject Agriculture/ Rural Economics was not offered in 9 countries, in the remaining 17 countries, the proportion to the total number of lessons ranged from 0.1 to 2.3 percent. Spain achieved the highest result. Overall there is a limited south-north gradient, as some countries are exceptions. Consequently, the hypothesis of having an European south-north gradient in the subjects of Genetics, Animal Breeding and Agriculture/ Rural Economics, is clearly confirmed only for the subject of Animal Breeding.


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