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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies : Equine Science

Postgraduate Course: Equine Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics (EQSC11048)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe relationship between evolution and behaviour and physiology and associated welfare will be introduced. Equid management and associated impact on welfare will highlighted before presenting how to assess welfare in a variety of situations. The use of equids and associated welfare issues, legislation and ethics will be examined at global level before looking at the factors that influence human behaviour and its impact upon equid welfare. Finally solutions to equid welfare issues will be discussed.
Course description This course will introduce students to the evolution of equids (horses and donkeys) and how this relates to their normal behaviour and physiology before focusing on physiology and behaviour associated with poor welfare. It will explore the relationship between management (throughout an equids life) and welfare and how we can measure and assess welfare in a variety of situations. The use of equids, their welfare and associated policy and legislation will be examined at a global level while throughout the course the application of ethics to our use of equids, as well as the trade-offs between human, environmental and equid wellbeing, will be discussed. Finally there will be a focus on human behaviour, its relationship to equid welfare and how we can begin to change behaviour in order to improve the lives of equids worldwide.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 x in-course assessments each worth 50%
Feedback Students receive feedback on all formative and summative assessments. Feedback is also provided during live tutorials or lectures and on discussion boards.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding that equine welfare is multi-dimensional involving a number of societal and scientific aspects that need to be integrated when addressing a welfare problem.
  2. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of scientific research to the welfare of equines in a specific situation and propose appropriate solutions and responses to these issues.
  3. Communicate using specific methods to targeted audiences, which focus on equine behaviour, welfare and ethics.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsBehaviour,welfare,ethics,human behaviour change,welfare assessment
Course organiserDr Tamsin Coombs
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Easton
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