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

Postgraduate Course: Captive and Free-ranging Wild Animal Welfare (AWAB11038)

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
Summary1. The history and ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity
2. Legislation relating to captive wildlife keeping; examples from the UK, EU and globally
3. Welfare assessment in Captive wildlife
4. Behavioural management approach to captive wildlife
5. Wildlife trade and utilisation
6. Exotic pet welfare
7. Management of wildlife populations
Course description 1. The history and ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity
2. Legislation relating to captive wildlife keeping; examples from the UK, EU and globally
3. Welfare assessment in Captive wildlife
4. Behavioural management approach to captive wildlife
5. Wildlife trade and utilisation
6. Exotic pet welfare
7. Management of wildlife populations
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 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 25/04/2019
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 0 %, Practical Exam 100 %
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 written assessment 50%
Web presentations 50%
Feedback Live discussion session
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the interacting ethical, welfare and conservations issues in the management of wildlife.
  2. Describe and debate the dilemmas that can arise from conflicting concerns for individual animal welfare and the conservation of species, populations or communities
  3. Evaluate welfare and conservation priorities and describe wildlife trade and discuss enforcement
  4. Appreciate the inherent difficulties with assessing welfare in zoos and other captive wildlife
  5. Explain how an understanding of behaviour can be used to improve captive animal welfare and discuss the keeping of non-domesticated animals as pets and the issues that can arise.
Reading List
Available through Talis Aspire
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements N/a
KeywordsWildlife welfare,Zoos,Wildlife trade,Exotic pets,Population management
Contacts
Course organiserMiss Heather Bacon
Tel: (0131 6)51 7438
Email: Heather.Bacon@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Michael Winpenny
Tel: (0131 6)50 8825
Email: Michael.Winpenny@ed.ac.uk
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