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ACE2035 : Companion Animal Science

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matthew Leach
  • Lecturer: Dr Catherine Douglas, Dr Abdul Chaudhry, Dr Miguel Velazquez
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module will provide an understanding of the importance of companion animals and consider the genetics, nutrition , behaviour and husbandry of the range of companion animals.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover a wide range of topics, for example:
- Domestication & origins
- Breeds, classes & types
- Legislation
- Welfare
- Genetics
- Anatomy and physiology
- Nutrition
- Behaviour and husbandry

A range of species will be covered, for example dogs, cats, horses and rabbits as well as more pet species such as rodents, cavies, birds, fish etc..

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Student led seminar
Guided Independent StudyProject work118:0018:00Preparation for poster presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork24:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00research and reading beyond the taught material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the science of companion animals. Small group teaching and field visits allow development of an applied understanding of the species.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M100group presentation (with peer evaluation).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This assignment will assess the knowledge acquisition and the ability to synthesise and produce reasoned ideas and allows the students to apply what they have learnt in the taught part of the module to species that we have not covered in the taught components of the course. The students' group working, organisational and presentational skills are also assessed.

Reading Lists