Do you love animals? Are you interested in their psychology, behaviour and well-being? Do you want to learn more about them? The course Animal Behaviour and Welfare is returning to educate you on the topic with even more material to offer!
Animal welfare is an emotive topic that causes heated debates. The value of this course is that it puts emotions aside and focuses on the scientific approach to assess animal welfare. As a result it provides you with substantial scientific data about animal needs, behaviour, psychology and well-being, so that you can use this data when taking parts in discussions or making your life choices. This is the second run of the course. This time it will offer some new material to study, so even if you took this course before, it’s worthwhile to join it again.
What is the format of this course on animal behaviour and welfare?
Several specialists were working on the course together. Every separate topic will be presented to you by an instructor specializing exactly in the field that’s being discussed.
The course will consist of several video lectures and quizzes that will tell you about:
- history and concepts of animal welfare
- companion animal welfare
- production animal welfare
- captive wild animal welfare
What is new in this session of Animal Behaviour and Welfare?
The previous session ran for 5 weeks. This time, there will be an optional sixth week with some additional topics that might be of interest to you.
If you are a native Mandarine Chinese or Spanish speaker, there will also be an option for you to watch the videos translated into your language.
What did other students think about the course?
Students found the course very informative and well-structured, saying that the course is “a terrific introduction to issues of animal welfare”.
Where can I learn more about the course Animal Behaviour and Welfare?
You can read our report on the first session of the course. You can also read about the upcoming session in the post of The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education. If you have more questions, you can ask them on Twitter @JMICAWE.
Is there anything I can read on the topic of animal welfare?
Here’s a list of useful books on the topic of animal behaviour and welfare:
- Dawkins, M S, Animal Suffering: The Science of Animal Welfare.
- Mason, G., Rushen, J., Stereotypic Animal Behaviour: fundamentals and applications to welfare.
- Gregory, N. G. Physiology and behaviour of animal suffering.
- Grandin, Livestock Handling and Transport.
- Gregory, Animal welfare and meat production.
- Tudge, Last Animals at the Zoo.
I’m ready to enroll, what should I do?
Visit the course page to enroll.