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Postgraduate Course: Veterinary Ethics (VESC11150)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryOnline veterinary ethics course, covering welfare and ethical concerns that can be integrated into all aspects of practice.
Course description The aim of the course is to enable the student to extend and consolidate clinical knowledge and skills gained at undergraduate level, and to develop an in-depth understanding of the application of that knowledge in a practice environment in relation to animal welfare science, ethics and law. This area of study is intended to ensure that welfare and ethical concerns are integrated into all aspects of practice.

At the end of the course students will be able to apply existing ethical frameworks to animal welfare challenges, and be able to construct an ethical decision-making framework using ethical theory and apply it to the analysis of presenting problems, or to justify outcomes and opinions
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and discuss the three main ethical theories
  2. Investigate the relationship between ethics and animal welfare
  3. Understand concepts of legislation and how it is applied to animals
  4. Understand the global applications of animal welfare ethics, policy and law
  5. Apply an ethical decision-making framework to analyse problems or justify outcomes
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and skills will include:

A. Research and Enquiry
Graduates of the University will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry. This may be understood in terms of the following:
be able to identify, define and analyse problems and identify or create processes to solve them
be able to exercise critical judgment in creating new understanding
be ready to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
be able to critically assess existing understanding and the limitations of their own knowledge and recognise the need to regularly challenge all knowledge
search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these

B. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
Graduates of the University will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges. This may be understood in terms of the following:
be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
be able to use collaboration and debate effectively to test, modify and strengthen their own views
be intellectually curious and able to sustain intellectual interest
be able to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts

C. Communication
Graduates of the University will recognise and value communication as the tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning. This may be understood in terms of the following:
make effective use of written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
further their own learning through effective use of the full range of communication approaches
seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
recognise the benefits of communicating with those beyond their immediate environments
use effective communication to articulate their skills as identified through self-reflection

D. Personal Effectiveness
Graduates of the University will be able to effect change and be responsive to the situations and environments in which they operate. This may be understood in terms of the following:
appreciate and use talents constructively, demonstrating self-discipline, motivation, adaptability, persistence and professionalism
be able to manage risk while initiating and managing change
be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another
be able to work effectively with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
KeywordsVeterinary,Ethics,Welfare,Animal Welfare,Science
Course organiserMiss Heather Bacon
Tel: (0131 6)51 7438
Course secretaryMrs Emma Pineau
Tel: (0131 6)51 9198
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