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

Postgraduate Course: Clinical Animal Behaviour (AWAB11036)

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
SummaryIn this course, students will gain an appreciation of the interaction between health and behaviour in domestic/captive animals and develop their understanding of the development, diagnosis and management of behavioural disorders and conflicts in a range of companion animal species including; dogs, cats, horses and other household pets.
1. normal species specific behaviour, animal motivation and cognition, the influence of neuronal and endocrine physiological process in mediating behaviour
2. the application of learning theory in behavioural modification
3. evidence based methods for managing species specific problem behaviour including; aggression, separation related anxiety, inappropriate elimination, fear and phobic behaviours.
Course description In this course, students will gain an appreciation of the interaction between health and behaviour in domestic/captive animals and develop their understanding of the development, diagnosis and management of behavioural disorders and conflicts in a range of companion animal species including; dogs, cats, horses and other household pets.
1. normal species specific behaviour, animal motivation and cognition, the influence of neuronal and endocrine physiological process in mediating behaviour
2. the application of learning theory in behavioural modification
3. evidence based methods for managing species specific problem behaviour including; aggression, separation related anxiety, inappropriate elimination, fear and phobic behaviours.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Nil
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Vet Med Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 36, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 160 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Online in-course assessments will incorporate a variety of activities constituting 100% of the overall course mark. These in-course assessments provide the opportunity to give students feedback on their performance during the course, and will include:

Individual video/photo animal training assignment (50%)
Individual behavioural modification letter/case study (50%)
Feedback Feedback will be provided using compulsory discussion boards in weeks 1-3 on a topic aligned to the first assignment (due week 6).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate how a scientific understanding of the biology and normal species specific behaviour can be applied to managing problematic behaviour in a range of companion animal species
  2. Appreciate the range of interactions that occur between companion animals and humans
  3. Develop an understanding and knowledge of current theories and scientific perspectives relating to the management of problematic behaviour in animals.
  4. Appreciate how to investigate and evaluate a range of animal behaviour problems and design a husbandry treatment plan to address the problem behaviour.
  5. Comprehend the scientific basis to a range of adjuncts used in the management of problem behaviour, including behavioural therapy, psychopharmacology, phermonatherapy and dietary interventions.
Reading List
Available via TALIS Aspire
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication with clients in a clinical skills setting.
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsClinical behaviour companion animals dog behaviour cat behaviour equine behaviour.
Contacts
Course organiserProf Natalie Waran
Tel: (0131 6)51 7437
Email: Natalie.Waran@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
Email: Angela.Harding@ed.ac.uk
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