Course code VET327

VET327 Animal Welfare

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Course responsible: Randi Margit Gerda Oppermann Moe, Karianne Muri
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring semester
Course frequency: Annualy
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Preferential right:
Course contents:

3 weeks theoretical course, including oral group examination. Animal welfare and livestock environment gives a basic introduction in animal welfare with emphasis on behavioral and health aspects of animal welfare, as well as animal ethics.

The course is joint for the veterinary medicine students and the veterinary nurse students.

Learning outcome:

Animal welfare will give the students a basic understanding of the veterinary, ethical and ethological basis for animal welfare, with emphasis on animal welfare in Norwegian livestock environments and companion animals.

Knowledge aims

After the end of exam in animal welfare the students shall know:

  • Explain different definitions of animal welfare how the definitions influences our choice of welfare indicators.
  • Explain the difference and connection between the terms Animal welfare, animal ethics and animal protection
  • Explain important ethological terms with importance of the animals welfare.
  • Account for health, physiological, cognitive, emotional and behavioral indicators of welfare status
  • Explain welfare problems at production animals and companion animals.
  • Account for the importance of the livestock environment i general terms, especially the connection between environment, health and welfare.
  • Be able to describe the welfare consequences of breeding and genetic selection.
  • Account for the vets and animal nurses roles and duties in animal welfare and protection issues
  • Account for how humans can influence the animal welfare

Skill aim

The students should know:

  • Read and understand subject material about animal welfare.
  • Contribute to interpret animal welfare in induvidual- and group level, and know the limitations of such interpretations. 

General knowledge

The student should have an understanding for the complexity in the animal welfare concept. 

Learning activities:
Digital lectures, group works and discussions. 
Teaching support:
The the block leader, module leader and teachers will be available within office ours during the course weeks.
Lists of recommended literature and more descriptions of the subject are found at the block's home on Canvas.
The previous courses in the study programme.
Recommended prerequisites:
The previous courses in the study programme.
Mandatory activity:
The lectures are not mandatory. 
Oral group-exam. Exam will be either on a digital platform or "live". See more information on Canvas. Pass / not pass.
Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Reduction of credits:

DYR213 - 5 ECTS ,

VET334 - 5 sECTS

Type of course:
The course lasts 3 weeks. The two first weeks will be used for lectures and group work. The last week will be used for students independend study time and the oral group exam. 

Requirements for personal equipment



No specific routines for this block

The module leader and external sensor will attend the group exam. 
Examination details: Oral exam: Passed / Not Passed