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At the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Appraise different concepts as well as analytical frameworks of animal welfare and how they relate to practice and to the context in which they are set.
2. Apply sound principles to objectively evaluate the welfare status of animals and to recognise good and poor welfare.
The module introduces four synergistic disciplines: Animal Welfare Science, Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, Animal Law and Veterinary Ethics.
Broad concepts of each discipline will be discussed followed by thematic issues. For example, socialisation, behavioural needs, social grouping and hierarchy, injurious behaviour, painful procedures, production diseases.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Students attending this module should have a strong foundation in biological sciences
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Group Project: Students will be assigned to case study groups to prepare and present research on an animal welfare topic. The exercise has two graded components 1. individual task and 2. group task||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): The assessment is conducted online. A variety of question formats are used including single best answer (multiple choice), matching sets, and short answer.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||Yes||
|Group Project: Students will be assigned to case study groups to prepare and present a case study on veterinary ethics. The exercise has two graded components 1. individual task and 2. group task||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Spring||Yes - 1 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Optional feedback appointments are available to students.
|Dr Claire Corridan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Siobhan Mullan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Ms Sandra Nicholson||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Mr Maurice Kinsella||Tutor|
|Ms Michelle Purcell||Tutor|
|Assoc Professor Susan Rackard||Tutor|
|Mr John Wyatt||Tutor|