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Module

ACE3022 : Animal Welfare and Environment (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Douglas
  • Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Guy
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The module aims to develop understanding of the impact of the environment on farm and companion animals and, conversely, the effect of managed livestock systems on the environment. The module aims to enable students to discuss the complex issues of animal welfare, from a scientific, ethical and practical perspective, and be aware of the bi-directional relationships between the animal and the environment in which it is kept.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is introduced discussing ethical considerations surrounding animal welfare and animal welfare legislation, we then use the Five Freedoms as a framework to explore the following:

- Impact of the physical and social environment on animal welfare and physiology
- Relationship between animal health and animal welfare
- Behavioural needs and environmental enrichment
- Impact of the climatic environment on animal welfare and physiology along with managing the climatic environment in animal facilities.
- Assessing and improving animal welfare of companion animals, and of farmed animals, including assessment of positive emotions.

The student uses this knowledge and that from further research into their chosen species to devise and undertakes an assessed welfare audit of a livestock or companion animal (on the university farm or local dog and cat shelter).
The module finally considers the impact of animals on the environment: pollution, legislation and planning issues.
This module would suit any student interested in animal management or welfare especially if aiming for a career in this field.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable