VET30430 Animal Behaviour & Welfare

Academic Year 2020/2021

“Veterinarians are, and must continually strive to be, the leading advocates for the good welfare
of animals in a continually evolving society.” (FVE/AVMA 2011).

Broad concepts and key issues are used to introduce four synergistic disciplines: veterinary behavioural medicine, animal welfare science, animal law and veterinary ethics. The module addresses the first two European Veterinary Education in Animal Welfare: Day-1 competences (FVE & EAEVE, 2019):
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.

Face to face lectures and group workshops are used in this module. Specified learning activities and autonomous learning are supported by learning resources on Brightspace.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

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.

Indicative Module Content:

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 Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group

6

Specified Learning Activities

20

Autonomous Student Learning

75

Online Learning

24

Total

125

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Face to face lectures using knowledge discovery and sharing will form the main approach to teaching and learning. Group workshops will be used to facilitate student-centred learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students attending this module should have a strong foundation in biological sciences


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
VNUR10270 - Principles of Animal Behaviour


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % 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

30

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

40

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

30


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Optional feedback appointments are available to students.

Name Role
Dr Siobhan Mullan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Sandra Nicholson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Maurice Kinsella Tutor
Ms Michelle Purcell Tutor
Assoc Professor Susan Rackard Tutor
Mr John Wyatt Tutor