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Animals such as dogs, cats and horses were once predominantly working animals but increasingly they are seen now as companion animals. This change in relationship has brought benefits and challenges to both owner and animal alike. Alongside traditional companion animal species, more exotic animals are also becoming popular in society. These may include reptiles, amphibians and even native Australian species.
Given the almost complete control we have over companion animal species, it is important that we understand how to care for them correctly. Housing, nutrition, health and behaviour all interlink and impact on the welfare and value of our “companions”.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject, students will be able to
- Demonstrate how biological concepts are essential to maximise the welfare of companion animals.
- Explain the basic parameters of animal health that a companion animal owner should be aware of.
- Critically evaluate nutritional information provided to owners of companion animals compared to the biological needs of the animal.
- Link behavioural theories to the practical training of companion animals to ensure optimal animal welfare outcomes.
On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Academic excellence
- Greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines and their application to the humane care and efficient management of companion animals
- Flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved time management
- Enhanced ability to communicate their ideas effectively in different written formats
Last updated: 20 February 2024