Undergraduate Courses

OVERVIEW

The Animal Welfare Program offers several courses for undergraduates listed below.

Students interested in conducting original research should consider taking APBI 398 and ABPI 499, and/or applying for an NSERC USRA after completing APBI 315.  Information on undergraduate students who have been involved in our program may be found under “People: Undergraduate Researchers”.

Students who excel in APBI 315 and are in their 4th year of undergraduate study are eligible to enroll in graduate courses ANSC 551 (Tutorials in Animal Welfare Research) or ANSC 550 (Topics in Animal Welfare) with the permission of the instructor.

As part of an undergraduate degree through the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, UBC students with a strong interest in animal welfare can take the Animal Welfare Certificate Program (General level) by distance education from Thompson River University (TRU). The Faculty of Land and Food Systems recognizes this course as equivalent to a 3-credit UBC course at the second-year level.

COURSES

APBI 314: Animals and Society

Description:
An interdisciplinary introduction to the place of animals in human society. The course introduces students to (1) the place of animals in mythology and Western thought, (2) the role of animals in world food production, biomedical research, companionship and entertainment, and (3) attempts to safeguard animals through by practical innovations, the humane movement and the law. The course involves reading, discussion, critical thinking and written work.

Pre-requisite: Third year standing in any Faculty

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APBI 315: Animal Welfare and The Ethics of Animal Use

Description:
An interdisciplinary course which introduces students to many of the ethical issues surrounding the use of animals in agriculture, science, and society. The course covers (1) scientific research that attempts to understand and improve animal welfare, (2) philosophical positions on animal use, and (3) relevant developments in society, economics and the law. The course involves reading, discussion, critical thinking, written assignments, and student-led presentations.

Pre-requisite:
Third year standing in any faculty.

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APBI 316: EQUINE BIOLOGY, HEALTH AND WELFARE

Description
This course examines the natural history, biology, and welfare of Equus species with a focus on the domestic horse. Equids have played an important role in human society; therefore, the course will start with situating the Equid in history and in current society. In order to understand how we care for, manage, and interact with horses, a firm understanding of the natural history and biology of the horse will be examined. This will include understanding behaviour, anatomy, nutrition, and reproduction. The pathology, prevention, and treatment of common diseases and health conditions will be presented. Finally, this understanding will be applied to identifying and understanding the modern challenges of keeping horses in captivity and working with them as pleasure, food, or sport horses.

Pre-requisite:
Third year standing in any faculty.

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APBI 398: Research Methods in Applied Animal Biology

Description:

An introduction to research for students in Applied Animal Biology. This course is intended to provide students a first taste of the research experience, by working with a researcher at UBC whose research involves animals. Previous students have worked on a variety of projects varying from marine mammal ecology to dietary preferences of bed bugs. In addition to hands-on research experience, students learn how to critically evaluate the scientific literature, write a conference abstract, and give oral and poster-format scientific presentations.

Pre-requisite:
Third-year standing in the Applied Animal Biology program.

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APBI 414 Animals and Global Issues

Description:
In this final-year seminar course, students develop skills in integrating and presenting information from different fields to understand global animal issues such as the role of animal products in human health, environmental impact of livestock production, trade in exotic animals, reasons for emerging animal diseases, and others. Writing, discussion and oral presentations are required.

Pre-requisite:
At least one of APBI 314 and 315.

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APBI 415 Applied Animal Behaviour

Description:
This course is focused on the application of principles and research methods of animal behaviour to practical problems in the care of farm, companion, wild and research animals, and human-wildlife conflict.

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APBI 496: Applied Animal Biology Practicum

Description:
Application of principles and concepts of Applied Animal Biology to experiential learning in the fields of wild, companion, lab, and farm animal welfare and management

Pre-requisite:
Third-year standing or higher. APBI 314 and/or APBI 315 are recommended.

Syllabus | 2016 Winter - Term 1 Approved Practicum Sites

APBI 499: Undergraduate Thesis in Animal Welfare

Description:
This course provides the opportunity for students to take an active role in a research project on animal welfare, including involvement in experimental design, data collection and data analysis. Ideally students identify a research topic and begin data collection during the summer, and work on the data analysis and writing their thesis during the Fall and Spring semesters. The final thesis will be in the format of a scientific article, and, when appropriate, students may submit their work for publication.

Pre-requisite:
Permission of the relevant faculty member plus, except in special circumstances, completion of APBI 315 with an A or A+ standing.

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Animal Welfare Certificate Program (General level) - Thompson Rivers University

Description:
This is a distance education course offered by The Thompson River University. The course was developed by TRU in cooperation with the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, originally to provide background education for BC SPCA staff. It covers practical aspects of animal health and animal care with emphasis on companion animals, as well as legal, organizational and safety issues arising in the humane movement. It provides excellent preparation for students interested in working in the BC SPCA or similar agencies.
The Faculty of Land and Food Science recognizes this course as equivalent to a 3-credit UBC course at the second-year level.

Pre-requisite:
2nd year standing. Prior to registering in this course, students must apply in writing to the Director, Student Services, Faculty of Land and Food Services, for permission to have the course credited (second year level, 3 restricted elective credits) to their degree. They will then need to register with TRU and pay the course fee of roughly $700 to TRU.

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