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APSC 5334: Adjunctive Approaches to Behavior Change in Animals

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


Topics that influence animal behavior beyond behavioral principles. Nutritional and microbiome impacts on behavior.  Nutraceuticals, pre- and probiotics influence on behavior. Basic behavioral pharmacology and options for behavioral medications. Pain management as it pertains to behavioral issues. Diseases that manifest as behavioral issues.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Predict how different diets and nutrition can impact behavior in a variety of domesticated species
  • Analyze the impact of gut microbiome on behavior
  • Advise clients on dietary changes that might improve behavior
  • Advise clients on medical tests that they should request from their veterinarian
  • Compare and contrast how different behavioral medications work physiologically and their impact on behavior
  • Communicate with veterinarians to address behavioral issues through behavioral interventions and behavioral medications
  • Advise clients on nutraceuticals to improve behavior
  • Identify when pain might be an underlying cause of a behavioral issue
  • Assess the utility of novel approaches to therapeutic behavior change through data-based evidence


Prerequisites and Corequisites

APSC 5154


Erica Feuerbacher