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Applied Animal Welfare Science

ENVS 217
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Certificates: Environmental Studies
Course Cluster: Animal Studies

Animal Welfare Science is an applied scientific field that developed to address concerns of non-human animals at the individual level. The science of animal welfare draws upon information and methodology from veterinary medicine, neuroscience, physiology, psychology, and animal behavior pertinent to domesticated, research, zoo, and free-ranging animals. Students in this course will learn how the principles and research methods of animal welfare science can be applied to solve practical problems in the care of farm, companion, research, wild animals, and in animal training and human-wildlife conflict. This course is intended to provide students a first taste of hands-on animal welfare research. Using relevant methodologies, students will coordinate a local research project (possible projects could include evaluating the welfare concerns of dogs and cats at local shelters, of chickens at the Wesleyan farm, of animals housed and sold at pet stores, of dairy cows at local farms; other projects might be an evaluation of roadkill risk at specific roads). In addition to hands-on research experience, students will critically evaluate the scientific literature, write a research proposal, and give oral and poster-format scientific presentations.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM ENVS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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