The course focuses at behavioural and welfare problems in animals.
It addresses the (neuro)ethological basis, the implications for science and society, and clinical aspects (causes, diagnostics, prevention, treatment).
A general outline is given below:
- Ontogeny and adaptation
- Behavioural pharmacology
- Pain assessment
- Neurobiology of adaptation
- Ethological observation and adaptation
- Chronic stress & welfare
- Animal welfare – as a scientific concept
- Animal Welfare Management
- Animal welfare and Production Animals
- Ethics & Welfare
- Welfare of exotic animals & society
- Introduction clinical ethology
- Clinical ethology of pet animals
- Clinical ethology of parrots
- Behaviour & Welfare of chicken
- Recent developments in farm animal husbandry systems
- Behaviour & Welfare of rats
- Animal communication and welfare
- Transgenerational effects and welfare
- Animal choice tests/consumer demand
Literature/study material used
Peer reviewed scientific papers
You can register for this course via Osiris Student
. More information about the registration procedure can be found here
on the Studyguide.
The maximum number of participants is 26. Applications are on a "first come first serve" basis.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme
Environmental Biology, especially the specialization programme Behavioural Ecology; and any other master programme with relevant basal courses.
Students from the master programme Neuroscience & Cognition of the Utrecht University are expected to have completed the general Fundamentals Course (15 ECTS). Other students are required to have a demonstrable BSc-level knowledge of neuroscience or behavioral biology.