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APSC 5224: Animal Welfare Assessment

Concentration:  Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare
Credits: 3 graduate credits


Animal Welfare Assessment provides multidisciplinary online computer-
based instruction on animal welfare science and related issues including physiology,
behavior, human-animal interactions, suffering and pain, ethics, health, assessment and
standards, and economics. Students gain experience assessing the welfare of animals
of a variety of species in virtual situations. Problem solving and critical thinking skills are
promoted through these assessment exercises, discussions with the instructors and
classmates, reading of peer-reviewed literature and assignments

Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to

  • Justify your own conception of animal welfare and engage in dialogue with others who
  • hold different perspectives.
  • Evaluate possibilities and limitations of studying animal welfare using various scientific disciplines
  • Assess animal welfare using outcome-and resource-based information
  • Formulate recommendations to improve animal welfare based on assessment
  • outcomes
  • Interpret social rules and regulations and differentiate their impact on welfare
  • outcomes

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Leonie Jacobs