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Innovation and Problem solving in Animal HusbandryMinor
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Minor title Dutch Minor Innovation and Problem solving in Animal husbandry
Minor title English Minor Innovation and Problem solving in Animal husbandry
Study Programme Animal Husbandry – Velp
Competence(s) 1: To develop a business plan
2: To translate and to apply governmental policies and legislation into practice
3: Preparation and implementation of applied research
4: To develop and market products and services
5: To analyse and to optimize the management of an animal husbandry business
6: To acquire clients and to give advice
7: To lead projects, processes and people
8: To develop and apply a quality (assurance) system
9: To show professional behaviour and reflection on own performance
10: To conduct social responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship
11: Interactive inform specific target groups
12: Overseeing the international animal husbandry sector
Educational Goals You will learn:
To make an analysis of the production system of a Dutch animal husbandry farm based on identification of risk factors.
To develop specific unique new innovation, by going through the innovation cycle.
To analyse product and quality management in Dutch animal husbandry farms.
To develop a business plan for a small company related you your innovation.
Content/subject The Dutch animal husbandry offers the daily food (meat, milk, eggs) for millions. Small farms, big farms, modernized, in collaboration with other sectors and often looking for different approaches and products. Innovation and problem solving to continue the success is necessary. How to react to the demand of customers for healthy and sustainable products for example? Those are issues you will deal with in this minor. 
You will analyse the production system in a Dutch animal husbandry farm to be able to give advice and you will come up with a workable innovation. Part of the minor is also developing a business plan for a small company related to your innovation.
It means you will have to know about nutrition, health, housing and welfare of the animals. You will learn about farm management in relation to the demand. And you will learn basic skills like problem solving, innovation development, external communication, presentation, project management and team work.
Target audience* External: students with at least 2 year Bachelor education in Agriculture or Animal Husbandry
Added Value* Students will learn how to improve and innovate animal husbandry practices. They will acquire basic skills about doing business, and, after studying and analysing, give advice to support farm management in real live case studies. They will write and submit a real business plan for their own innovative company within the livestock sector.
Teaching method(s) and study load 30 EC corresponding with 30*28 hours work load = 840 hours
Rating scale Marks 1.0 - 10.0
Exams / Tests / Essays Written tests for each module, as well as a project assignment for each module
  1. Innovation – VAH231VE - 7 EC
  2. Farm Risk Analysis – VAH232 - 7 EC
  3. Entrepreneurship – VAH241VE1 - 7 EC
  4. Product and Quality – VAH242VE - 7 EC
  5. Professional Orientation – VAH351VE – 2 EC
Literature and other necessities​ Through the course website literature will be announced that will also be available web-based or in the library.
Minor coordinator Ben Rankenberg; e-mail:
Contact person for additional information​* Ben Rankenberg; e-mail:
Language of tuition​ English
Study points (credits)​ 30
Form of instruction​* Fulltime, from 1st February 2022 to 25 June 2022
Available in the following study terms:​  Periode 3
Start application* 5 januari 2021
Deadline application* 1st January 2022
Obligatory contact hours​* 16 hours
Admission conditions for VHL students​ You have to study now in a Bachelor Animal Husbandry or comparable study program.
Always you need to have at least 90 credits from your Bachelor program at the moment of registration and at least 120 credits to be able to start with the minor.
Students need to be experienced in farm practices through a placement or other individual practical animal husbandry assignments.
Admission conditions for external students* Students with at least 2 year Bachelor education in Agriculture or Animal Husbandry
Application documents​* Grade list from your current Bachelor program that is showing you are fulfilling the entry requirements.
Maximum No. of participants / Waiting list​ Max 5 students
Contactpersoon EHM Rankenberg (tel: 0263695728, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Innovation and Problem solving in Animal husbandry '21