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APSC 5234: Applications of Applied Animal Behavior

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


Applications of behavioral principles to practical animal behavior and welfare scenarios, focusing on companion animals with additional examples from equine, exotic, and livestock domains. Behavior plan creation and assessment for different behavioral issues using basic principles learned in APSC 5134. Survey of currently utilized behavioral treatments and analysis of these into their behavioral principle components, along with efficacy assessment, possible behavioral side-effects and challenges in implementation. Ethical considerations for intervention choices, and standards for practitioners. Effective training of owners, handlers, staff or others involved in behavior plan implementation based on evidence-based best practices.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Create a behavior plan based on scientific behavioral principles for a range of behavior issues in domestic or exotic animals;
  2. Compare and contrast possible behavior plans based on ease of implementation, efficacy, possible behavioral side-effects, and welfare considerations for domestic or exotic animals;
  3. Analyze contemporary animal training techniques for fundamental behavioral principles;
  4. Assess efficacy, behavioral side-effects, and issues in implementation of contemporary animal training techniques; 
  5. Integrate standards of professional ethics into animal training and professional decisions;
  6. Create owner/handler/staff training for behavior program implementation based on evidence-based best practices of applied animal behavior.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

APSC 5134


Erica Feuerbacher