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

Postgraduate Course: Farm and Laboratory Animal Welfare (AWAB11018)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFarm animal part:
Topics covered in relation to farm animal welfare are: animal production and economics; legislation; welfare issues; welfare assessment and quality assurance schemes; environment and housing; health; management; breeding; genetics; behaviour; transport; handling; markets; slaughter; cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.
Laboratory animal part:
This module will discuss the uses of animals in the laboratory and the associated benefits, animal welfare costs and ethical dilemmas. Students will learn how to use reference materials critically and construct a concise, logical and balanced argument. Students will be given the opportunity to practice debating controversial issues in laboratory animal science and in expressing coherent opinions and appreciating diverse points of view. An overview of laboratory animal welfare related organisations, publications, qualifications and careers will be given.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements It is assumed that an understanding of farm and laboratory animal welfare can only be achieved if this course builds upon an existing basic knowledge of the biology and husbandry of farm and laboratory animals. Therefore, depending upon the background of each student, it is very likely that personal study will be required into subjects such as physiology, animal health and animal husbandry before an adequate understanding of the welfare of farm and laboratory animals can be achieved.
- The topics covered in the taught section of this module will need to be integrated with those covered in other modules
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Learning Outcomes
Farm animal part:
1. A framework to assess the welfare of farm animals: on-farms, during transport and at slaughter.
2. Knowledge and understanding of the basis of legislation and codes of practice to protect the welfare of farm animals.
3. Identification of the welfare issues affecting farm animals and the approaches that can be used to resolve these issues.
Laboratory animal part:
1. History of the present debate relating to lab animal welfare and introduction of the 3 R's.
2. Basic understanding of UK regulation presently in place to protect lab animals.
3. Understanding of the contemporary issues.
4. Pro and cons of environment enrichment.
5. What is unique in laboratory setting.
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Course organiserDr Christine Moinard
Tel: (0131) 535 4488
Course secretaryMrs Willie Van-Wijde
Tel: (0131 6)51 3914
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