Gain a detailed insight into animal psychology and welfare.
- Understand abnormal behaviour and what the causes of this may be.
- The course includes specific modules relating to dogs, cats, and horses - learn how to respond to animals, how to look after them.
- Elective modules provide options for you to learn more about caring for the health of animals, with the Natural Animal Health Care module looking at holistic treatments and the promotion of good health through good nutrition.
This course is a good starting point for those looking for careers in areas such as:
- Employment in animal protection and rescue services, including roles such as - rescue officers, office staff, animal rehabilitators.
- Working in pet shops as assistants or carers.
- Veterinary assistants.
- Starting your own business in animal services, such as grooming, or training.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
Course Duration: 600 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
Content: Study five Core Modules and then choose one Elective Module - all modules are shown below, please follow the links in the module titles for more detailed information and lesson listings.
What is Animal Welfare?
Animal welfare is a branch of animal ethics that covers the interactions and relationships between humans and animals and the duty of care that humans must treat them in a manner that cares for their wellbeing. Animal welfare originated more than 10,000 years ago, when humans began to domesticate animals for agriculture purposes. The original intent was to consider the wellbeing of animals to better achieve their own goals. This simple act was the beginning of creating mutually beneficial relationships between humans and animals where humans treat the animals well, and in return, the animals assist humans. This fundamental ethic of animal welfare still exists today and is warmly known as the 'human-animal bond'.
Animal welfare advocates pledge that humans can provide animals with a good moral status by protecting them, providing them with decent care and contemplating their interests, without the necessary provision of animal rights. Animal welfare adopts the policy that, morally, it is acceptable for humans to utilise animals, based on the provisions that animals do not suffer, or that their suffering is minimised; and that there is no other way of reaching the end goal other than to use animals. The focus of animal welfare is on the suffering of animals, so its purpose is to minimise the suffering animals undergo.
Throughout time we have seen major transitions in land use with massive decreases in agriculture, combined with increased urbanisation and technological advancement. This has led humans to place animals in unnatural environments and utilise them in ways that they are still able to fulfil their productivity, yet their wellbeing has been jeopardised. Examples of this include factory farming, domestic animal breeding, surplice zoo animals, animal trading etc.
Globally, human attitude towards animal welfare, and the corresponding treatment animals receive, is notably variable depending on the scenario the animal is being utilised for and the human standard of worth placed on its use. For example, the value put on the life of a pet dog is undoubtedly higher than the value put on the life of a pig being farmed for pork to make an income.
The main factors influencing human attitudes towards the welfare of animals are:
- Preconceived attitudes towards animals.
- The moral values and level of empathy placed on them.
- Knowledge and experience of types of animals.
- Knowledge on the procedures and practices involved in the use of animals.
- The relationship between the type of animal and humans.
Why study with ACS?
ACS is a distance learning school, established in 1979, and completely independent. Our courses have been written and developed by us, and are taught by highly knowledgeable and experienced academics.
Our courses embrace experiential learning - you do not just learn from our course notes, our courses include set tasks and practical elements which enable you to learn from practical experience.
Our courses can be studied online or by eLearning which means you determine when and where you study. But, just because you are studying by distance learning, you will be fully supported in your studies - ACS and its specialist tutors are here to support and guide you through your studies.
You can enrol on an ACS course at any time.
If you have any questions or want to know more, please get in touch with our specialist Pet Care tutors. They will be happy to help you.
You can contact us by phone on (UK) 01384 442752 or (outside UK) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or
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