About this Course
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Animal welfare has been described as a complex, multi-faceted public policy issue which includes important scientific, ethical, and other dimensions. Improving our understanding of animal welfare, involves the fascinating study of animal behavior as well as the challenge of accessing the emotions of animals. This is the On-Demand version of this course, which means you can start the course at any time and work through the course materials at your own pace. The materials and quizzes will always be available to you. You can come and talk about the course on Twitter using the hashtag #EdAniWelf...
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Suggested: 1-3 hours/week

Approx. 9 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English, Italian, French

Skills you will gain

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100% online courses

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Calendar

Flexible deadlines

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Clock

Suggested: 1-3 hours/week

Approx. 9 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Italian, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Introduction to the Course

In this module we'll tell you who we are, what this course is about, how you can use this course to learn more about animal behaviour and welfare, and how you can earn a certificate....
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 5 readings
Video3 videos
Introduction to the MOOC Team3m
Rules of Engagement6m
Reading5 readings
How To Use This Course10m
Course Syllabus10m
Statement of Ethics10m
Course Team10m
Frequently Asked Questions10m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

What is Animal Welfare and Why Does it Matter?

Introduction, History and Concepts of Animal Welfare ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
What Is Animal Welfare?5m
The Five Freedoms2m
How a Scientific Approach Has Helped Improve the Welfare of Animals: Interview With Professor Lawrence4m
Animal Welfare and Cultural Differences: Interview With Dr MacKay3m
Reading2 readings
About this Module10m
Accompanying Material10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 2 - What Is Animal Welfare and Why Does It Matter?26m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

What We Can Measure We Can Manage

Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Assessment...
Reading
6 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Using An Animal's Behaviour to Assess Welfare9m
Physiological Measures of Animal Welfare9m
New Developments in Animal Welfare 8m
The Impact of Early Life Events on Stress Responsiveness in Animals: Interview with Professor Cathy Dwyer6m
Using Animal Body Language as a Measure of Subjective Experience: Interview with Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder8m
Reading2 readings
About This Module10m
Accompanying Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 3 - What We Can Measure We Can Manage32m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

The Truth About Dogs and Cats

Practical Animal Welfare: Companion Animal Welfare ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Street Cats and Dogs4m
Shelter Cats and Dogs7m
Dog Aggression7m
The Alpha Dog5m
Cat Genetics: Interview With Professor Gunn-Moore9m
Dogs and Their Needs in the Shelter: Interview with Emma-Louise Livingston3m
Dog Genetics: Interview with Dr. Rowena Packer3m
Cats Independent Dependents: Interview with Wendy Johnston 4m
Can We Farm Dogs and Cats Humanely?: Interview With Heather Bacon2m
Rabbits, More Complex Than You Think: Interview With Guen Bradbury5m
Horses Under Pressure: Interview with Gemma Pearson3m
Reading2 readings
About this Module10m
Accompanying Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Module 4 - The Truth About Dogs and Cats28m
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Top Reviews

By LANov 27th 2015

Fantastic course, well presented. Easy to take at your own pace, videos allow you to pause and rewind learning at any point.\n\nExcellent content, with knowledgeable presenters. Highly recommend

By ABApr 28th 2017

Definitely a great course to take. As a Animal manager, I see many things I have learned during my own study. And it is interesting, not to say great, to see people whose ideas match mine.

Instructors

Professor Nat Waran

Professor of One Welfare
Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Dr Fritha Langford

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Dr Heather Bacon

Veterinary welfare edcuation and outreach
Jeanne Marchig International Centre of Animal Welfare Education

Miss Hayley Walters, RVN

Welfare and Anaesthesia

Dr Jill MacKay

Animal Behaviour and Welfare Researcher
Animal Behaviour and Welfare Team, SRUC

About The University of Edinburgh

Influencing the world since 1583, The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 50 universities. Today, we are an established and global leader in online learning, providing degree-level education to 3,000 online students in addition to 36,000 students on-campus. We also offer a wide range of free online courses in a variety of subjects. To find out more about studying for one of our online degrees, search for ‘Edinburgh online’ or visit www.ed.ac.uk/studying/online-learning/postgraduate ...

Frequently Asked Questions

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