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Course Description

Blonde woman smiling at white and brown (paint) horse

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~Gandhi (1869-1948) 

The Equine Welfare course explores controversial and sensitive issues surrounding the use of horses. It will enable all those with an interest in horses to gain an awareness of the specific human uses of horses and the welfare problems and abuses that can sometimes occur as a result.

Students will study reliable scientific research and evidence-based information to support an informed debate. The course will draw on the expertise of leaders in equine health and welfare science introducing concepts and definitions of animal welfare. Students will discuss how to recognize negative emotional states, how welfare can be objectively assessed in the horse, and specific practices which may compromise horse welfare. Equine Welfare is intended to stimulate thought and discussion in the equine industry.

At the end of the course you will be able to articulate your personal philosophy and position on maintaining the spirit and wellness of the horse.

Designed For:

Students who have a desire to improve their own understanding and raise awareness of horse welfare including housing, management practices and procedures that can affect horse welfare.

Animal protection workers, rescue facility operators, by-law enforcement and police officers, equine associations, animal welfare organizations and government regulatory agencies are a few of the people working in the equine industry who would benefit from this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the history and schools of thought on animal welfare
  • Describe the various scientific approaches to defining and assessing equine welfare
  • Explain how equine welfare is measured from animal-based, management-based and environmental-based perspectives
  • Interpret and critically evaluate horse literature and case studies from a welfare perspective
  • Make objective and evidence-based judgements on horse welfare
  • Provide examples of horse behaviour and anatomy-specific practices and procedures that can compromise horse welfare

Course Topics

  • Equine Welfare and Ethics
  • The Science of Equine Welfare
  • Human-Equine Interaction
  • Health, Disease, Nutrition, Behaviour and the Quality of Life
  • Pain Recognition in the Horse
  • Alternative Therapies and Animal Welfare
  • Welfare Issues in Different Industries
  • The Unwanted Horse

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete one of our equine certificates or the diploma.*
  • You do not need access to a horse to participate and be successful in this course.
  • You can expect to spend 6-10 hours per week to complete the course material, activities, discussions and assignments.

*If you are a certificate or diploma program student, we recommend that you complete Management of the Equine Environment first, or very early in your course of studies. This course is offered every semester.

Assessment

Assessment Items Weight
Online Quizzes (4 x 2.5%) 10%
Discussion Participation (2 x 10%) 20%
Minor Assignment 30%
Major Assignment 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partners:

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Equine Welfare
Type
Online
Dates
May 04, 2020 to July 26, 2020
Contact Hours
36.0
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

You are responsible for purchasing the required textbook(s) for this course. Textbooks can be purchased from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

Please review our Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

If you require assistance, please contact our main office.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Mandatory) Equine Welfare by McIllwraith, C.W and Rollin, B.E © 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 1st Edition edition ISBN 1405187638
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