University of Edinburgh offers course on Animal Behaviour and Welfare

Animal Behaviour and Welfare online course


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 behaviour as well as the challenge of accessing the emotions of animals.

About the course
In this animal behaviour and welfare course, you will learn about animal welfare and why it matters, develop an understanding of some of the main welfare issues animals have to cope with as well as gaining an insight into the behavioural needs and the emotions of dogs, cats, farmed animals and captive wildlife.

Course Syllabus

  • Week 1: Introduction, History, and Concepts of Animal Welfare.
  • Week 2: Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Assessment
  • Week 3: Practical Animal Welfare: Companion Animal Welfare
  • Week 4: Practical Animal Welfare: Production Animal Welfare
  • Week 5: Practical Animal Welfare: Captive Wild Animal Welfare

No background is required.


  • Natalie Waran - The University of Edinburgh
  • Fritha Langford - The University of Edinburgh
  • Heather J Bacon - The University of Edinburgh
  • Hayley Walters - The University of Edinburgh

Course sessions
July 14, 2014 to August 18, 2104

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