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Postgraduate Course: Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Introduction and Theory (C-AWSEL.1) (VESC11231)

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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course/module is to enable the candidate 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.
Course description This assessment-only course forms part of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. The course/module is intended to be a broad introduction to the AWSEL subjects. It is relevant for those who are following other disciplines and wish to obtain a broad overview of the AWSEL subject. This module also provides the basis for further study for those planning to enrol for C-AWSEL.2 - Applying the Theory, where the theory learnt in this module will be applied in the field of work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Online Activities 98, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the following methods.

15-20 short case exposures

The case exposure should cover a broad range of animal care, animal 'use', and species. At least one case from each of the following examples, bearing in mind that within one species there may be more than one use. Some examples of the areas of animal 'use' would include:

Farming (dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, poultry, deer, 'exotics' - e.g. ostrich, buffalo)
Laboratory animals
Zoo or circus animals
Companion (dog, cat, bird)
Wild animals
Feedback All assignments will be marked and feedback provided within a period of 15 working days following submission (excluding holidays periods whereby the University of closed, e.g. over the Christmas period).

Opportunities for informal feedback arise through personal tutor and live sessions as well as through email discussions. Formal feedback and feedforward will be provided only on coursework assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the various definitions of animal welfare and a working understanding of the main models of animal welfare.
  2. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the methodologies used to measure animal welfare including physiological and behavioural measurements.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how welfare impact is determined in individuals and groups of animals.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the main theories of ethics and the most widely used ethical frameworks (Five Freedoms and Three Rs).
  5. Demonstrate a basic understanding of how ethical decisions are made, including awareness of stakeholder positions, and a basic knowledge of regulatory laws and directives including the role of the veterinary surgeon in regulatory law and an understanding of the concept of ¿duty of care¿.
Reading List
The course reading list will be provided via the University¿s Resource List service and a link will be provided on the Learn course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsVeterinary,clinical practice,animal welfare,ethics,law
Course organiserMs Sharon Boyd
Tel: (0131 6)51 7449
Course secretaryMrs Sophia Hannah
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