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Course module: BMB503905
BMB503905
Ethology and Welfare
Course info
Course codeBMB503905
ECTS Credits6
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Neuroscience and Cognition;
Contact personV.C. Goerlich-Jansson
E-mailV.C.Goerlich-Jansson@uu.nl
Lecturers
Contactperson for the course
V.C. Goerlich-Jansson
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
MASTER
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Full-time
RemarkDate 12 nov-7 dec 2018. Apply via GSLS study guide. max 25 participants.
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Pre-enrolmentNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Aims
After the course the student:
  1. Has a profound understanding of Animal Welfare as a scientific concept.
  2. Has a profound understanding of (neuro)ethological concepts that are important for the investigation and evaluation of animal welfare.
  3. Has a profound understanding of factors that may contribute to the development of behavioural problems of animals kept under human care.
  4. Has a profound understanding of limits of behavioural and physiological adaptation and its underlying neurophysiological and ethological mechanisms.
  5. Has a profound understanding of how fundamental knowledge can be applied in order to a) evaluate animal welfare, b) design appropriate housing environments and management procedures for animals kept under human care and c) diagnose behavioural and animal welfare problems of animals kept under human care.
  6. Has a profound understanding of factors that are relevant for the design of experiments and procedures used to investigate animal welfare or relevant mechanisms underlying welfare-related questions.
  7. Is able to use and apply (neuro)ethological concepts in order to develop and design research on animal welfare related topics.
  8. Is able to contribute to the public debate in the field of animal welfare by using sound scientific arguments.
  9. Is able to evaluate animal welfare of animals kept under human care and to substantiate that evaluation by scientific arguments.
  10. Is able to understand and possibly diagnose behavioural problems of animals kept under human care.
  11. Is able to make ethograms for research regarding animal welfare.
  12. Is able to translate public questions in the field of animal welfare in terms of sound scientific research questions.
Content
Period: 12 November 2018 - 7 December 2018
 
Faculty
  1. dr. Saskia Arndt
  2. mw. Annemarie Baars
  3. dr. Frank Meijboom
  4. dr. Matthijs Schilder
  5. dr. Claudia Vinke
  6. prof dr L. Vanderschuren
  7. dr. Heidi Lesscher
  8. dr. Hetty Boleij
  9. dr. Vivian Goerlich-Jansson
  10. mw. Marsha Reijgwart MSc
  11. dr. Frank van Eerdenburg
  12. dr. Franz Josef van der Staay
  13. dr. Rebecca Nordquist
  14. dr. Yvonne van Zeeland

nrs. 1-10: Diergeneeskunde/ Dier in Wetenschap & Maatschappij
nrs. 11-13: Diergeneeskunde/ Gezondheidszorg Landbouwhuisdieren
nr.14: Diergeneeskunde/ Gezelschapsdieren

Course description
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
 
Registration:
Apply via the study guide. The maximum number of participants is 25. Applications are on a "first come first serve" basis.
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No.
 
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.

Prerequisite knowledge:
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.
Competencies
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Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
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.
Required materials
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Instructional formats
Group assignment

Individual assignment

Lecture

Lecture/seminar

Paper

Practical

Presentation

Private-study

Seminar

Tutorial

Tests
Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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