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Postgraduate Course: Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Applying the Theory (C-AWSEL.2) (VESC11232)

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 the 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 theory studied in the C-AWSEL.1 module ¿ Introduction and Theory - will be applied in the candidate¿s field of work in this course/module. Attainment of the two courses will provide a suitable basis for further study, as well as being a requirement for candidates studying for the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.
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
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.

Three case reports (maximum 2500 words each) which reflect the range of each case to take in all three aspects of the subject, i.e. ethics (professional person to person ethical use and abuse of animals), welfare science and law.
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. Consolidate and apply the knowledge of animal welfare science gained in the introductory module to the issues and dilemmas encountered in practice.
  2. Develop further understanding of the methodologies and demonstrate a deeper understanding of the principal methods used, including shortcomings and interpretation.
  3. 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.
  4. Appreciate how statute law is formulated and applied and understand the concepts of common law and precedent. Be familiar with the lobbying, consultative and representational processes.
  5. Show thorough familiarity with the principal animal protection laws in the UK, and demonstrate knowledge of international legislation and regulation such as EU law, GATT, WTO
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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