Nottingham Trent University
Animal Health and Welfare
This course covers the scientific theory and practice relating to animal health and welfare. It combines advanced research and academic skills with applied science skills. There is an emphasis on examining the biology of health and welfare science, while adopting a multidisciplinary approach to the wider subject area. You'll discover how to apply your knowledge to real world situations, such as enhancing agricultural production, utilising animals for educational and therapeutic purposes, or effectively maximising welfare within a rescue environment. You'll study the current issues and insights at the forefront of animal health and welfare, and the philosophical, welfare and ethical issues related to these. You'll explore general patterns in human and animal cognition, behaviour, and psychological functioning, and appreciate how these relate to the application of health and welfare science. The course also critically examines and assesses the biological and social basis of human-animal interactions, with the aim of improving our understanding and the overall quality of these interactions. In this course you will also evaluate the rigour and validity of published research, and assess its relevance to new situations within the discipline. You'll gain an insight into recent advances in animal science - therefore, attending a relevant scientific conference is strongly advised as an integral part of this course. How do you study? You'll be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will also have opportunities to present your work to peers and academic staff. Independent learning is required and you will undertake high-quality research for the Master's awards. You will research your chosen topic in depth, then design and implement a relevant research project and communicate the findings to an informed audience in a comprehensive scientific report. Teaching is supported by our modern Animal Unit which houses over 150 animals of 40 species. The collection consists of domesticated and exotic species, in settings that are as naturalistic as possible. There are specialist teaching rooms within the Animal Unit which contain various research equipment and essential resources to enhance the learning experience. You'll also benefit from our veterinary and equestrian facilities as well as the working farm which includes sheep, a poultry unit and a herd of Lincoln red beef cattle.
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