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On completion of this module students should be able to:
Explain/understand the different forms of animal behaviour.
Evaluate management decisions that influence/modify behaviour.
Explain the concepts of animal welfare and evaluate the welfare implications of various systems of animal production.
Contribute to the welfare debate on agricultural issues.
Apply the principles of disease control and prevention in practical situations and evaluate the economic implications of disease for animal production enterprises.
On successful completion of the Ethogram Report, students will have learned how to design an animal behaviour study, construct an ethogram, statistically analyse the resulting data and report their findings in a scientific manner.
Principles of Animal Health, Behaviour & Welfare
• Animal Health Introduction
• Animal Health in Ireland
• How to Raise Healthy Calves
• Lameness in sheep
• Sheep Health & Introduction to sheep preventive medicine
• Understanding infectious disease & disease investigation
• Farming today vaccine paper
• Disease in Livestock-A Practitioner's Perspective
• Metabolic diseases of the Transition Dairy Cow
• Ethology, ethograms and observation
• Behaviour and stockmanship
• Social behaviour and communication
• Abnormal behaviour, stereotypic behaviour
• Hierarchy; agonistic, avoidance, sexual behaviour
• Feeding behaviour, grazing, eating, drinking
• Foetal behaviour
• Neonatal and maternal behaviour, parturient behaviour, mother-offspring communication
• Behaviour and animal development
• Behavioural development / learned vs innate
• Concepts of Animal Welfare
• Pig welfare
• Dairy Cow Welfare
• Equine Welfare
• Companion animal welfare
• Introduction to Animal Ethics
• Introduction to Learning Theory and Behaviour Modification Techniques
• EU legislation for Farm animal slaughter
• EU legislation for Farm animal transport
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Project: Self Directed Project:
A) Construct an Ethogram describing observed behaviour
B) Carryout a welfare audit of a livestock farm or animal shelter
C) Prepare a case study report on a disease outbreak
|Week 11||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Matched set and multiple choice questions on all Health, Behaviour and Welfare topics covered in the course.||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback will be delivered through different approaches such as oral in out of class meetings in person or over the phone, or written by email. An assessment rubric is available for the project.
|Dr Agnese Balzani||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Professor Alison Hanlon||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32||Mon 10:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 21||Thurs 15:00 - 15:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32||Thurs 16:00 - 17:50|