Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Animal Health and Production Extension – (BScHAHPE)

Entry Requirements
Programme Structure
Entry Requirements


These regulations should be read in conjunction with the General Academic Regulations for undergraduate degrees of Bindura University of Science Education hereinafter referred to as the ‘General regulations’.


On completion of the programme, students are expected to:
Engage in active animal production and disease control in the livestock sector.
Assist the country in its effort to achieve food self-sufficiency in the production of safe livestock products.
Contribute to the development of practical extension network for the livestock health and production sector
Improve the quality of life through Livestock production and disease surveillance


Demonstrate an understanding of animal health factors affecting the livestock industry in Zimbabwe, in the SADC region and internationally
Demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to address animal health challenges in the livestock industry
Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of information dissemination in the livestock health sector


Graduates from this programme can follow careers in government extension services, research, consultancy, Non-Governmental Organisations, animal health products suppliers, banks and entrepreneurship.


To be eligible for admission a candidate must have the following:

  • At least five Ordinary Level subjects including English Language, Science, and Mathematics with grade C or better.
  • Advanced Level passes in at least two subjects as follows:
    • Category 1: Any two of the following, Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Physics and Food Science.
    • Category 2: Any one of the following: Mathematics or Geography in addition to any one subject in Category 1.
  • A candidate who holds at least a National Diploma in Agriculture or Animal Health and Production or a related field recognized by Senate for this purpose, may, be admitted to the first year of the degree programme provided that he/she has attained an approved standard of performance in his/her diploma course.

Programme Structure

The duration of the programme shall be four years and the structure shall be as Follows: –

Part I Semester I Semester II
Part II Semester I Semester II
Part III Semester I Semester II
Part IV Semester I Semester II

Industrial Attachment shall be done in Part III
Practical experience in Animal Health and Production Extension is an important part of the degree programme and will be divided into the following main parts: Agricultural Practice (AGP 103) and Industrial Attachment (AGP 301).

Agricultural Practice (AGP 103)
The course shall comprise of practicals, field visits and assignments. Students who are absent for more than 20% of the practicals without written permission of the Dean of the Faculty will automatically fail the course.
Industrial Attachment (AGP 301)
Students shall be attached to a relevant organization/institution for at least eight (8) months. Students on the Block Release programme shall be expected to carryout attachment during the period they are off campus in the first and second year.

Students shall produce a report at the end of their attachment.
College lecturers shall normally visit students in the year for assessment.
There shall be line supervisors at places of Industrial attachment who shall assess each student’s progress.
The reports in 6.3.1, 6.3.2 and 6.3.3, shall be considered in coming up with the final mark for Industrial Attachment. The weighting of the assessment shall be as follows:
Line Supervisor(s): 50%
College Supervisor(s)/Lecturers: 20%
Student Report: 30%

Part 1

Course Code  Course Title Core Prereq  Credits CATS
AG 101 Introduction to Agricultural Economics     12
NR103 Basic Statistics     12
AG104 Introduction to Agricultural Education and extension     12
CS 101 Introduction to Computer Science     14
AG 106 Introduction to Animal Science Y   12
AG114 Agricultural Biochemistry Y   12
AG109 Principles of Genetics Y   13
AGP 103 Agricultural Practice     12
NRF 101 Basic Soil Science     12
NRF102 Introductory Plant Science     12
HS 102 Health Education Y   14
PC 108 Citizenship Educations and Conflict Transformation Y   12
PC 103 Communication Skills Y   12
AGA104 Introduction to Microbiology and Entomology     12
Year minimum ALL COUSES      140

Part 2

Course Code  Course Title Core Prereq  Credits CATS
AG 201 Principles of Agricultural Marketing Y AG101 12
AGA 216      Principles of Animal Health and Production Y AG106 12
ES212   Research Methods    NR103  12
AGA211 Veterinary Diagnostics and Pharmacology   AGH112 12
ESW206 Wildlife Field Practices     12
AGM207 Agricultural Trade and Development     12
AGA212 Veterinary Epidemiology     12
AGE204 Land Use and Natural Resources Evaluation Y   12
AGM215 Farm Management and Agribusiness     12
AGA 215 Animal Physiology Y   12
AGE 207         Agricultural Extension Y   12
AGA209 Nutritional Biochemistry     12
AGM216 Project Management and Evaluation     12
ES209 GIS and Remote Sensing   CS101 12
AGA213 Innovations in Animal Health and Production     12
Year minimum ALL COURSES      120

Part 3

Course Code  Course Title Core Prereq  Credits CATS
AGP 300 Industrial Attachment Y AGP103 120
Year minimum       120

Part 4

Course Code  Course Title Core Prereq  Credits CATS
AG420 Research Project Y ES212 36
AGA401 Beef and Small Ruminant Production     12
AGE401 Management of Extension Programmes Y AGE207 12
AGA402 Dairy Production      12
AGA405 Monogastric Production     12
AGA409 Animal Products  and Processing     12
AGA407 Livestock Improvement     12
AGE410 Rural Development and Gender Issues in Agriculture Y   12
ESW401 Wildlife Ecology and Management     12
ES402 Curriculum Development     12
BS441 Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice     12
AGA410 Animal Welfare Y   12
AGE415 Livestock Health and Production Policy Y   12
AGA411 Animal Parasitology     12
AGA412 Animal Biotechnology      12
Year minimum       120