Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Sci (VETS3018)


Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science is the study of normal and abnormal behaviours in domestic and captive species. Animal Behaviour is one of the core knowledge areas for veterinarians because it facilitates the recognition of disease states and helps veterinarians to make informed comment on animal welfare issues. Additional training in the area would be required for those aspiring to become specialist veterinary behaviour therapists. The Unit of Study draws on knowledge of many aspects of animal husbandry, evolutionary biology and physiology, pharmacology and psychology. The course focuses on the importance of understanding ethology, learning theory and trainers' techniques and includes demonstrations from expert animal handlers and trainers.

Further unit of study information


24 x 1 hr lectures; 26 hrs x 1 hr practicals


intrasemester: 2 x written assignments (50%)
end of semester: 1 x 1 hr examination (50%)


VETS3018 Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science Unit of Study Guide

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Veterinary Science Years 1 - 2

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.