Free online RVC course on intensive agriculture

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is running a free online course, “Food for Thought – The truth about food systems”, during February and March to explain how intensive livestock systems work.

Produced to address the need for better understanding among the public on who is involved in producing food, and how food can be produced safely and economically, the course is available to anyone that want to take part.

This course, which will run over three weeks, will focus on how food is made safe, the costs of food production and the people involved within the system. There will be a specific focus on the pork and egg sectors, which have some of the most developed production systems in the agri-food arena.

The course has been designed to be part time and flexible for the participant, requiring only two to three hours a week of study time. It utilises a multimedia approach to study including quizzes, video and live discussion in addition to the written course material. A certificate will be made available to participants on full completion of the course.

“I am really excited to be involved with this novel and enterprising course, which is a first for the RVC,” the organisation’s
deputy principal, Professor Stephen May, said. “Food is a subject that is literally a matter of life and death for us all, so it’s important that all members of society can understand and contribute to the important debate on our food supply and its safety.”

Enrolment for “Food for Thought – The truth about food systems” starts on February 10, with the course running from February 24 to March 14.

This course has been funded by the Advanced Training Partnership in Intensive Livestock Health and Production (

For more information, or to self-enrol on the course, visit:

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