ANML501 – Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Handling

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Module code
Module title
Introduction to Animal Behaviour and Handling
To provide students with the necessary knowledge, attributes and skills to describe normal behaviour and apply low stress handling techniques to a range of common companion animal species. Includes 40 hours work placement.
  • SX1604
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1:Recognise and describe the normal behaviour of companion animals through life-stages
2:Explain the behavioural features of reproduction in common companion animals
3:Apply principles of low-stress handling and restraint for common companion animals
4:Maintain appropriate workplace standards of professional practice and behaviour
-Introduction to behaviour theory.
-Normal development and behaviour of common companion animals.
-Main behavioural features of reproduction (breeding, pregnancy and parturition).
-Changes in behaviour associated with breeding and parturition.
-Principles of low stress handling theory and practicals .
-Professional practice attributes: Compliance with workplace health and safety requirements; knowledge of relevant legislation and animal welfare standards; sustainable practice; effective communication skills; professional and ethical behaviour; cultural recognition and sensitivity; teamwork; accurate record-keeping.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning will be facilitated using a range of teaching and learning methods, which may include: tutor facilitated and directed presentations and/or lectures, practical or workshop sessions and activities, guest speakers from industry, demonstrations, and real scenarios and case studies and work placement
Assessment Criteria
Assessment 1Portfolio of evidence100
Learning and Teaching Resource
Wintec Animal House
Wintec Teaching Surgery and Labs
Industry work placement
Required Text:
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.