The first day of the course will consist of two major topics: Explanation of Animal Welfare Concepts and Biological functioning of the organism.
In introductory part of explanation of animal welfare concepts focus will be given why the study of animal welfare is important, and what the terms used in the scientific discipline mean. To appraise different concepts as well as analytical frameworks of animal welfare and how they relate to practice and to the context in which they are set. To formulate an informed, science-based, view on animal welfare matters and communicate effectively with those involved in keeping animals
Analytical frameworks will be given e.g. Five Freedoms, Three Rs; Concept of Quality of a Life Concept of five domain.
Second part in the first day will focus on stress and physiology of animal welfare. Starting with homeostasis and inputs/outputs of the physiological system. Later, the definition of stress and its physiology will follow. Continuing with the two physiological stress pathways, explaining the whole process from the external stimuli to the final output, results of the stress pathway. Additionally, definition and recognition of suffering in animals will be presented. At the end, focus will be given to the physiological responses related to stress and animal welfare, together with practical examples of measuring theses responses for confirming the state of the animals.
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