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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 and legislation relating to captive wildlife keeping; examples from the UK, EU and globally
2. Welfare assessment in Captive wildlife
3. Behavioural management approach to captive wildlife
4. Wildlife trade and utilisation
5. Exotic pet welfare and 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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 11/04/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Formative Assessment Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 86 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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 Students will receive written or oral feedback on all formative and summative assessments within 15 working days of each assessment being due.
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
Latest reviews and research articles from this field as directed by the course organiser and contributing lecturers. A reading list for the course will be provided at the start of the course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements N/a
KeywordsWildlife welfare,Zoos,Wildlife trade,Exotic pets,Population management
Course organiserMr Miguel Somarriba Soley
Course secretaryMr Stephen Mitchell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
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