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

Postgraduate Course: Animal Welfare Applications (AWAB11029)

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
SummaryThis course will bring together all of the fundamental knowledge gained in courses so far and will apply this knowledge to real issues affecting the welfare of animals kept for various purposes. Themes will cover the welfare of animals from conception through to death, including the influence of the environment, husbandry practices, veterinary or other procedures, breeding and euthanasia across farm, zoo, companion, laboratory and wild animals. We 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 knowledge gained in scientific methodology will also be applied to develop skills in how to assess welfare in real life situations and to consider ethical implications of animal use in society.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 64, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 33, External Visit Hours 25, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 40, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 36 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 100% written work
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Market assessment (50%)
Ethical review form (50%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
1. To be able to apply existing knowledge of animal welfare to issues across various uses within society.
2. To be able identify welfare issues, consider their implications, and devise potential practical solutions.
3. To able to apply animal welfare concepts in a wider context.
4. To develop and implement practical welfare assessment in real life situations.
5. To understand the ethical and legal implications of the diverse use of animals by society.
6. Understanding the welfare consequences of health issues that occur as a consequence of animal use by society
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
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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