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Subtitles: English, Greek, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

The Appliance of Science

10 videos (Total 32 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Introduction to week 12m
Cats in the World4m
Dogs in the World3m
Dogs, cats and humans5m
Voxpops - what our cats & dogs mean to us3m
Unrealistic expectations for animals to cope with unnatural situations - part 11m
Responsibilities of pet owners2m
Responsibilities of the Veterinary Profession2m
Voxpops - what's important to our cats and dogs2m
5 readings
How To Use This Course10m
Statement of Ethics10m
Overview: week 110m
Ask the experts - audio response10m
Additional Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Sentient beings2m
Week 1 assessment20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Ethology

8 videos (Total 77 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
8 videos
Dog domestication13m
Dog Ethology5m
Breeds and their uses6m
Alpha Dog5m
Ethology and Domestication6m
Genetics of a Cat9m
Ask the experts - video response27m
2 readings
Overview: week 210m
Additional Resources10m
5 practice exercises
Test your knowledge: dogs10m
Test your knowledge: cats10m
Praising dogs2m
Cats and their environment2m
Week 2 assessment20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Sense and Sensibility

7 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Feline body language5m
Cat intelligence: hunting, problem solving, play and human Intelligence10m
Dog senses4m
Canine Communication7m
Dog Intelligence3m
Ask the experts - video response8m
3 readings
Overview: week 310m
Video references: Cat intelligence: hunting, problem solving, play and human Intelligence10m
Additional Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Happy/content cats2m
Happy/content dogs2m
Week 3 assessment20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Living with humans

9 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
Is love enough?2m
unrealistic expectations for animals to cope with unnatural situations - part 24m
Problems for our pets – what is the their experience?6m
Cat myths13m
Modern challenges for modern dogs5m
Dog Aggression7m
Street Dog5m
Ask the experts - video response8m
2 readings
Overview: week 410m
Additional Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Anxious/scared cats2m
Anxious/scared dogs2m
Week 4 assessment20m
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Top reviews from The Truth About Cats and Dogs

By CNMar 4th 2018

This is a very informative, interesting and well prepared on-line course with lots of documentation that one can read later on in order to get more knowledgeable about dogs and cats. Thanks!

By XSMay 24th 2017

A quick stab at some base concerns of animal welfare issues nowadays focus on cats and dogs, good start point to view with objective and scientific measures for anyone that is interested.

Instructors

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Miss Hayley Walters, RVN

Welfare and Anaesthesia
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Dr Heather Bacon

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

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

Lecturer in Clinical Animal Behaviour
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

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