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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Not entered
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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Course Start Date 09/01/2017
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Market assessment (35%)
Ethical review form (35%)
Poster presentation (30%)
Feedback For this course students participate in radio interview sessions in class for formative assessment. Oral feedback will be provided.
Summative assignments are: a welfare assessment report for a market, an ethical approval form and a poster (including poster presentation).
For all assignments written feedback will be provided.
Marks and feedback will be given within 15 working days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To be able to review, integrate and apply existing knowledge of animal welfare research, ethical issues and legal implications to issues across various uses of animals within society.
  2. Through discussion with peers and teachers, be able to identify welfare issues, consider their implications, devise potential practical solutons and communicate these solutions.
  3. To develop and implement practical welfare assessment in real life situations.
  4. To be able to transfer knowledge of animal welfare concepts, welfare assessment and solutions to a wider context.
  5. Through gaining knowledge, debate and group discussion understand the consequences of health and welfare 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
Course organiserDr Tamsin Coombs
Course secretaryMs Natalie Honeyman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3194
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