ETHOLOGY AND ANIMAL WELFARE

Course ID: MWW-SE>ETOLOGY
Course title: ETHOLOGY AND ANIMAL WELFARE
Semester: 3 / Winter
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 15 hours
Field of study: Veterinary Medicine
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Animal breeding, nutrition of animals, physiology, immunology, technologies in animal production.
Contact person: prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Stefaniak; tadeusz.stefaniak@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: Introduction to ethology, basic principles and behavioural phenomenons, patterns of normal behaviour of farm animals (horse, cattle, pig, sheep, goat) and pets (dog, cat). Causes, course, consequences and prevention of inadequate animal behaviour. Present methods of checking the animal welfare –application in field practice.
Full description: - introduction in basic ethology, discussion of basic rights and behavioral phenomenons; - introduction to patterns of normal behaviour of farm animals (horse, cattle, swine, goat, sheep) and pet animals (dog, cat); - preparation of future veterinarian to recognize and proper interpretation of the behaviour of healthy and ill domestic animals; - recognition of abnormal animal behaviour, discussion of causes, course, consequences and prevention methods; - present methods of animal welfare evaluation and their use in conditions of veterinary practice; - discussion of major problems associated with transport and slaughter of farm animals.
Bibliography: 1. Askew H.R.: Behandlung von Verhaltensproblemen bei Hund und Katze. Parey Buhverlag. Berlin 1997 2. Rushen J. i wsp.: The welfare of cattle. Springer Dordrecht 2008 3. Rollin B.E.: Farm Animal Welfare. Social, Bioethical and Research Issues. Iowa State University Press. Ames. 1995 4. Hafez E.S.E.: The behaviour of domestic animals. Bailliere Tindall, London, 1975. 5. Waran N.: The Welfare of Horses. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Dordrecht, Boston, London. 2002 6. Keeling L.J., Gonyou H.W.: Social Behaviour in Farm Animals. CABI Publishing. London. 2005 7. Lindsay S.R.: Handbook of applied dog behavior and training. Vol. I Adaptation and learning. Blackwell Publishing, Ames 2000 8. Radostits O.M., Leslie K.E., Fetrow J.: Herd health. Food animal production management. Saunders 1994 9. Mason G., Rushen J.: Stereotypic Animal Behaviour.2nd ed. CABI, London. 2008. 10. Sambraus H.H.: Nutztierethologie. Das Verhalten landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere - eine angewandte Verhaltenskunde fur die Praxis. Paul Parey, Berlin,Hamburg, 1978.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: - define basic behavioural laws and phenomenons - identifies the pattenrns of normal behawior and modes of communication in farm animals (horse, cattle, sheep, goat, pig) and companion animals (dog, cat) Skills: - is able to recognize and properly evaluate behaviour of healthy and sick domestic animals - is able to recognize disturbed animal behaviour - is able to classify the parameters of domestic animals’ welfare Social competences: - is able to utilize present methods of welfare evaluation in the evaluation of the farm conditions - is able to utilize the knowledge about the most common behavioural disturbances in dogs and cats to proper recognition of causes of the behavioural problem and help initially in cases that need treatment
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Final assessment is calculated from: participation in lectures (accepted 3 absences) and classes (accepted 1 absence) and weighted average from 2 written tests (weight 5), 5 quizes (weight 1), elaboration and oral presentation of one theme of species specific problems (weight 5).

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