751-7501-00L  Animal housing and behaviour

SemesterAutumn Semester 2017
LecturersE. Mandel, R. Mandel
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThe overall goal of this course is to provide general knowledge about the behaviour, housing and welfare of domestic animals.
ObjectiveStudents will:

- Understand the basis of animal behaviour and how it is measured
- Acquire knowledge of housing systems and management of domestic animals
- Get a concept of animal needs and welfare
ContentMain topics:

VERHALTEN (behaviour)
• Bases of animal behaviour: underlying mechanisms, development, function and evolution
• Overview of the natural behaviour of the main livestock species (Nutztiere), in order to understand their needs
• Knowledge of behavioural assessment

TIERHALTUNG (housing)
• Bases of animal housing: knowledge of the different exististing housing systems
• Knowledge of end-of-life processes: slaughter

VERHALTEN – TIERHALTUNG (link behaviour and housing)
• Importance of adapting the housing to animal needs
• Common problems linked to housing
• Concept of animal welfare

Assessment: 2 written reports during the semester
Lecture notesHandouts/scripts are distributed by the the lecturers.
LiteratureSpecific literature is indicated by the lecturers.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis lecture is part of the Agricultural Sciences Bachelor (3rd Semester)

It will be in English and German (depending on the lecturers).