Postgraduate Course: Clinical Animal Behaviour (AWAB11036)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an introduction to the field of clinical animal behaviour with a particular focus on dogs and cats.
In this course, students will gain an appreciation of the interaction between health and behaviour in domestic/captive animals and build on their understanding of the development, diagnosis and management of behavioural disorders and conflicts in a range of companion animal species.
¿Critically evaluate the interaction between health and behaviour in companion animals and be able to recognise the impact of nutrition and medical disorders, especially the role of pain on behaviour.
¿Discuss the theories underlying a range of behaviour problems and be able to gather information relevant to a case, in order to critically evaluate and appraise it.
¿Demonstrate how a scientific understanding of the biology and normal species specific behaviour can be applied to training and the treatment of problematic behaviour in a range of companion animal species
¿Be able to critically appraise a broad range of training techniques and training aids and evaluate treatment and training options based on the principles of learning theory
¿Evaluate the scientific basis and assess the ethical implications of a range of adjuncts used in the management of problem behaviour, including behavioural therapy, psychopharmacology, pheromonatherapy and dietary interventions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Nil
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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%)
written assessment (50%)
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of learning theory and training aids to real life scenarios via the development of training protocols
- Critically review relevant literature within the field of Clinical Animal Behaviour
- Critically evaluate the scientific basis for and assess the ethical implications of a range of adjuncts used in the management of problem behaviour and make informed judgements as to their practical application
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Communication with clients in a clinical skills setting.
|Keywords||Clinical behaviour,companion animals,dog behaviour,cat behaviour,equine behaviour.
|Course organiser||Dr Amy Miele
Tel: (0131 6)51 7396
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363