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

Postgraduate Course: Clinical Animal Behaviour in Practice (AWAB11041)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course students will learn about:
Human and family psychology including::
In this course students will learn about:
Human and family psychology including::
Counselling skills; facilitation and maintenance of behavioural change; interpretation of client behaviour and attitude, methods of effective communication and collection of information, assessment of understanding, ethical issues; professionalism in relationships with clients and others.

Course description Clinical behaviour procedures and practice including:
Taking case-histories and effective communication and liaison with clients, Applying principles of ethology and learning to techniques for diagnosis and treatment of all common animal behaviour problems, Identification and critical evaluation of contributing factors, role of environmental factors, differential diagnosis, Devising and effective delivery of structured treatment regimes, client understanding, compliance and efficacy of treatments, Approaches to extended treatment and follow-up. Case studies will be utilised in order to facilitate learning.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
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:
Case related assignment 50%
Critical review of a paper 50%

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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an in depth understanding of the aetiology and treatment of a range of common behavioural problems in companion animals to include fears, aggression, stereotypies, anxiety related behaviours, and identify and critical evaluate contributing factors.
  2. Structure behaviour modification programmes to facilitate learning and demonstrate an ability to use a range of behaviour modification techniques appropriately, to include systematic desensitisation, operant and respondent counterconditioning and habituation
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of effective counselling and an understanding of how to apply these in practice.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how to effectively and ethically manage an animal behaviour problem case through all of the stages of consultation
  5. Understand the mode of action of major classes of drugs used in clinical animal behaviour and be able to critically evaluate their role in the treatment of behavioural disorders
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHuman Psychology,Client Counselling,Behaviour Modification,Differential Diagnosis,Animal behavi
Course organiserDr Amy Miele
Tel: (0131 6)51 7396
Course secretaryMrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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