Animal welfare in laboratory and production systems

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
5

PRODUCTION

Applied genetics and animal welfare in production
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Synopsis

Welfare of animals in aquaculture production and research systems is of concern to all stakeholders, i.e. producers, consumers, scientists, society at large and in some cases is the subject of legislation thus involving governments and regulatory agencies. This module will consider aquatic animal welfare in production and research contexts.

Content

Definitions of welfare and the three Rs
Welfare and the five freedoms
Animal care, health, management and responses to adverse conditions
Welfare assessment, recognition of suffering and distress
Impact of intensification on species welfare
Strategies for improving welfare

Pre-requisites

Fundamentals

Objectives

Discuss concepts of animal welfare and ethics
Describe legislation as it applies to animal welfare in aquaculture and aquatic species research

Assessment

This module is 100% continuous assessment, all assessments are formative and summative and contribute to the module mark. The module will be assessed through a combination of individual and group work to include: presentations, in class debate, practical excercises and reports.

Involved teachers

Dr Ian O'Connor, Dr Martin Gammell

Contact hours

lectures
15

practicals

seminars
9

computerclass

fieldwork
8

other