BOA112 - Behaviour of Animals

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Subject Title
Behaviour of Animals

Subject Description
An understanding of animal behavior is necessary to work efficiently with animals and their owners. The safety of the handler and the animal requires the interpretation of animal communication during restraint needed in veterinary practice. Effective training and the correct selection of a suitable pet are based on a thorough understanding of species-specific behaviours. Animal Behaviour is an ever expanding focus of veterinary medicine and it is imperative that a qualified hospital staff have a complete understanding of this discipline.

This course will introduce the principles of animal behavior with an emphasis on companion animals.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of BOA112, you should be able to:

  • Identify the basic principles behind how animals learn and what scientists created the models that are commonly used today
  •  Understand and identify the most common normal and abnormal behaviours of canines, felines and equines and how we might approach correction of undesired behaviours while maintaining safety
  • Understand the basics of animal training including the identification of commonly used tools
  •  Understand the importance of and be able to apply environmental enrichment for a variety of species
  •  Be able to counsel a client or colleague on the basics of selecting the proper pet for the home

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