Global and Sustainable Production

Approaches to animal production that go beyond the individual animal level are becoming increasingly important. Solutions to problems in animal production can only be found by taking into account the many interrelationships between the production sector and the socio-economic environment.

Specialisation in a nutshell

The specialisation Global and Sustainable Production combines knowledge from different disciplines (such as animal sciences, economics and social sciences) to study the development of sustainable animal systems across the world. The aim is to guarantee sufficient food supply for mankind in a responsible way, without compromising culture and the environment.

This specialisation has three study tracks:

- Animal Production Systems (APS)

- Aquaculture and Fisheries (AFI)

- Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology (QVE)

Below you can read more about the courses provided in the specialisation Global and Sustainable Production. The online study handbook provides detailed information.

Courses APS

Sustainability Assessment of Animal Systems (APS-30306)

During this course  you will analyse core issues related to sustainable animal production. You will learn to apply various methods to tackle complex problems.

Future Livestock Systems (APS-31306)

In this course you will think about and explore future possibilities for livestock production.

Courses AFI

Aquaculture Production Systems (AFI-31806)

This course deals with the relation between aquatic organisms (algae, fish, crustaceans, molluscs) and their environment, the latter comprising the direct production space and the wider environment in which farms operate.

Sustainability in Fish and Seafood Production (AFI-33306)

The course deals with the economic, ecological and managerial sustainability of fish capture and aquaculture.

Courses QVE

Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology (QVE-30306)

This course addresses the occurrence and transmission of diseases in populations, as well as risk factors that contribute to the occurrence of these diseases (epidemiology) and how the importance of these risk factors can be quantified.

Management of Infectious Diseases in Animal Populations (QVE-30806)

This course is focused on preventive management of infections and diseases. Veterinary epidemiology is one of the basic sciences that contributes to management of disease, including monitoring and surveillance.

Thesis and Internship

A thesis or internship project for the specialisation Global and Sustainable Production is conducted at the APS, AFI or QVE chair group and results in a scientific report and a presentation. A thesis project usually links up with ongoing research at one of these research groups or is conducted in cooperation with commercial or (non-)governmental organisations. At the websites of the different chair groups, you can find more information about research topics.

APS chair group

AFI chair group

QVE chair group


If you have any questions about the specialisation Global and Sustainable Production, you can contact the programme director dr. René Kwakkel at