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Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Applied Animal Behaviour

The College of West Anglia

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In this two year programme students will benefit from the practical training and work experience that form an important part of all Foundation Degrees, alongside a thorough training in scientific theory and principles, with a particular emphasis on the study of animal behaviour and welfare. Module delivery will be complimented by educational visits to appropriate animal care and housing facilities such as zoological gardens and wildlife parks, veterinary hospitals, animal rehabilitation centres and animal health and nutrition research centres. Applicants must have a genuine interest in animal behaviour, health and welfare. They must be keen to learn how to understand and interpret the behaviour of a wide range of domestic and captive animals as well as provide education and support for animal handlers andor owners. They should be a good communicator and enjoy teamwork. Compulsory Units: The course content will vary depending on the choice of modules that form part of a graduate training in the Life Sciences. As a guide areas covered could include Animal Husbandry, Animal Health & Nutrition, Animal Behaviour & Welfare, Animal Cognition & Training and Pet Behaviour Counselling. Specialised Units: Students will receive training with a strong emphasis on practical skills in animal handling and husbandry. Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of work placement within an appropriate animal care facility by the end of the first summer vacation of the course. Whilst staff at CWA will make every effort to assist students in finding a suitable placement at an animal-related business, students are expected to take responsibility for arranging interviews with suitable companies. The course incorporates 2 years full time study including 6 weeks of work placement. The academic year at both CWA and ARU is divided into two semesters. Full?time attendance within these semesters is approximately 12 hours per week, usually over three days. Part-time attendance may be possible by negotiation. Module delivery is divided between the College of West Anglia (Cambridge) campus located just outside Cambridge at Milton and the Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) campus in the Cambridge city centre, plus work placement at a suitable animal care establishment.

In this two year programme students will benefit from the practical training and work experience that form an important part of all Foundation Degrees, alongside a thorough training in scientific theory and principles, with a particular emphasis on the study of animal behaviour and welfare. Module delivery will be complimented by educational visits to appropriate animal care and housing...

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