Course: Ethology of Farm Animals

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Course title Ethology of Farm Animals
Course code KZVE/ETOL
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Zedníková Jana, Ing. Ph.D.
  • Tejml Petr, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Content of lectures: The significance of ethology in animal husbandry. Introduction to applied ethology. Applied ethology, ethological comparative observation of domestic animals, free-range breeding. Stress and mechanisms for adaptation. Special ethology of cattle. Ethology of pasture breeding. Mother and offspring interaction - imprinting. Principles of sheep and goats ethology. Principles of horse ethology. Principles of pig ethology (wild vs. domesticated pig). The pig sociology. Sow and piglet interaction. Family breeding of pigs. Ethology of scratching poultry. Ethology of rabbits and guinea pigs. Legal solutions.Content of practices: Methods of ethological observations. Social behaviour of animals - sociology. Ethics of animal breeding and dealing with animals.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Demonstration
  • Preparation for credit - 14 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 80 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Place emphasis is on use of applied ethology. The students will an understanding basic life manifestation of behaviour of individual farm animal in relation to the technological systems of stabling in relation to animal welfare and ethics of manipulation with animals in production process with a view to due legal measures.
Students will gain specific knowledge about behviour of individual species and categories of farm animals with respect to different housing systems.
Prerequisites
No specific requirements are set.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam, Test, Seminar work

Active participation in practice courses, individual processing of seminar work including its presentation to obtain course credit. Examination of knowledge gained during the semester.
Recommended literature
  • Acatincai, S. Etologie comportamentul animalelor domestice. Eurobit Timisoara, 2003, 190 p..
  • Sambraus, H.H. Applied ethology - it´s task and limits in veterinary praktice. Amstdam, Elsevier Science 1998, 231 s..
  • Veselovský, Z. Etologie. Academia Praha, 2005, 408 s..
  • Voříšková, J. et al. Etologie hospodářských zvířat. Č. Budějovice, ZF JU 2001, 268 s..
  • Webster, J. Welfare, životní pohoda zvířat. Nadace na ochranu zvířat Praha, 1999, 264 s.. Praha, Nadace na ochranu zvířat 1999, 264 s., 1999.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Biotechnology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Sustainable Systems in Agricultural Land (2010) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Animal husbandry (2016) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Animal husbandry (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer