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Measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level

ECTS credits: 5

 

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Spring 2016
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like [please indicate both]: 150 working hours
Capacity limits: 15 participants

 Objectives of the course:
The course aims at introducing the course participant to the scientific discipline of animal welfare assessment, to get hands-on experience in animal welfare assessment and to discuss the animal welfare aspects of their own Ph.D. study.

The individual student will apply the theories and methodologies introduced at the course by individually preparing a course report based on empirical data on a topic of their own choice related to their own Ph.D. study.

 Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the principles of on-farm animal welfare measuring and assessment.
  • Critically reflect on on-farm animal welfare research questions in relation to own PhD project and others’ research work.
  • Apply, report and discuss the outcomes of own animal welfare assessment work.

Compulsory programme:

  •  Participation in  residential course including lectures, theoretical exercises, group reflections and discussions and students’ presentation in plenum here among student panel discussions.
  • Preparation of individual a course report based on own empiric data on a topic of their own choice related to their own Ph.D. study.
  • Participation at the follow-up course (examination) including presentation of own course report for fellow students and working as opponent of fellow students report presentation. Besides this participating in orally examination by internal censor and course organizer.
  • Evaluation of course participation.

 Course contents:
The course will introduce the course participant to the following topics:

  • Animal welfare and ethics; the ‘isms’, the different stakeholders, measuring vs. assessing animal welfare
  • Definition of animal welfare; the different approaches ‘nature’, ‘biological functioning’, ‘emotions’
  • Different goals, different methods:General guidelines, decisions support for the farmer or certification/classification
  • Hands on on-farm welfare assessment in sow or cow herd.
  • Aggregation of animal welfare indicators / Animal welfare index
  • Communicating animal welfare
  • Validating animal welfare assessment system

 Prerequisites:
The students are expected to have knowledge in animal science.

Compulsory program
Participation in  residential course including lectures, theoretical exercises, group reflections and discussions and students’ presentation in plenum here among student panel discussions.

Preparation of individual a course report based on own empiric data on a topic of their own choice related to their own PhD study.

Participation at the follow-up course (examination) including presentation of own course report for fellow students and working as opponent of fellow students report presentation. Besides this participating in orally examination by internal censor and course organizer.

Evaluation of course participation.

Course participants are expected to deliver 150 working hours divided between:

  • Residential course: 5 days including lectures, participant presentations and group work.
  • Written report after finalizing residential stay based on own data collection.
  • Participating in 1-2 day follow-up including preparing the fellow-student opponent task and own oral examination.

Costs
PhD students: 5000 DKK (including a 1-2-day follow-up) covering materials, lodging and meals (3000 DKK excl. lodging). Other participants: 15000 DKK (incl. lodging and meals). All participants cover their own travelling costs.

Place
Residential course: Viborg Vandrehjem, Vinkelvej 36A, 8800 Viborg.

Follow-up: Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.
1-2 day follow-up/oral examination: Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, Department of Animal Science.

 Name of lecturers:
Assistant professor Jes Harfeld, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University
Professor Jan Tind Sørensen, Department of Animal Science, AU-Foulum, Aarhus UniversityPost doc Inger Anneberg, Department of Animal Science, AU-Foulum, Aarhus UniversityVetenarian, PhD Marianne Bonde. Udviklingscenter for Husdyr på Friland.
Senior scientist Tine Rousing, Department of Animal Science, AU-Foulum, Aarhus University.
Additional lecturers will be announced. 

 Type of course/teaching methods:
The course will include lectures, theoretical exercises, group reflections and discussions and students’ presentation in plenum here among student panel discussions.

 Literature:
To be announced

 Course homepage:
http://projects.au.dk/Measuring-and-assessing-animal-welfare-at-herd-level/

 Course assessment:
Approval by course responsible of project report.

 Provider:
Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, 8830 Tjele, Department of Animal Science

 Special comments on this course:
None

 Time:
Monday 27 February - Tuesday 3 March 2017 + 1-2 day follow-up medio June 2017

 Place:
Residential course: Golf Hotel Viborg, Randersvej 2, 8800 Viborg Follow-up: Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
1-2 day follow-up/oral examination: Aarhus University, AU-Foulum, Department of Animal Science

  Registration:
Via the course homepage.

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Revised 16.05.2017