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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Animal Welfare and Animal Behaviour

Postgraduate Course: Animal Welfare Applications (AWAB11032)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaAnimal Welfare and Animal Behaviour Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will allow the students to use the more fundamental knowledge gained earlier within this MSc in more applied contexts. This course will examine different uses of animals in society including companion, farm, laboratory, zoo and wild animals. These uses of animals will be discussed in relation to four main themes:
Early Life cover various issues which affect welfare such as the pre-natal environment, parturition, weaning and breeding.
Environment housing, disease, enrichment, transport and points of sale.
Human-animal interactions stockmanship, behavioural problems and modification, use of animals for performance and sport and human-animal conflict.
Procedures and euthanasia scientific and veterinary procedures, mutilations, methods of killing.
The course will consider the moral and ethical aspects of keeping animals for differing uses and discuss where animal welfare issues may arise, their potential impact and possible solutions. The course will allow students to develop skills in how to assess welfare in real life situations and to consider ethical implications of animal use in society.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (AWAB11014) AND Biology of suffering (AWAB11015) AND Animal cognition and consciousness (AWAB11016) AND Scientific Methodology (AWAB11034)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe topics covered in this course are integrated with those covered in previous courses.
It is assumed that an understanding of animal welfare applications can only be achieved if this course builds upon an existing basic knowledge of the biology and behaviour of animals. Therefore, visiting students will require an adequate level of knowledge into subjects such as physiology, behaviour, animal health and animal husbandry before an adequate understanding of the welfare of animals can be achieved
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 3 (Sem 2), Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 50, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 45, External Visit Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 282 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 30 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To be able to apply existing knowledge of animal welfare to issues across various uses within society.
To be able identify welfare issues, consider their implications, and devise potential practical solutions.
To able to apply animal welfare concepts in a wider context.
To develop and implement practical welfare assessment in real life situations.
To understand the ethical and legal implications of the diverse use of animals by society.
Understanding the welfare consequences of health issues that occur as a consequence of animal use by society
Assessment Information
Market assessment (35%)
Ethical review form (35%)
Poster presentation (30%)
Special Arrangements
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsWelfare, animal, applications, behaviour, physiology
Course organiserDr Susan Jarvis
Tel: (0131 6)51 7326
Course secretaryMrs Willie Van-Wijde
Tel: (0131 6)51 3914
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