Course: Animal Protection and Ethology

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Course title Animal Protection and Ethology
Course code 2390/V1OZ2
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Voslářová Eva, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Večerek Vladimír, prof. MVDr. CSc., MBA
  • Žák Jiří, MVDr.
  • Hytychová Taťana, MVDr. Ph.D.
  • Volfová Martina, MVDr.
  • Machovcová Zuzana, MVDr.
  • Plhalová Lucie, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures: 1. Animal protection and welfare definition, importance, content, history. 2. Animal protection at the legal level. Legal regulations. Direct and indirect animal protection. 3. Act on the protection of animals against cruelty purpose, content, basic terms. 4. Protection of farm animals. 5. Protection of animals during transport. 6. Protection of animals during slaughter and killing. 7. Protection of pet animals. Protection of animal species requiring special care. 8. Protection of wild animals. Protection of animals in zoos and circuses. 9. Protection of experimental animals. 10. Animal protection authorities. Administrative delicts. Special measures. 11. Penal code offences in the animal protection. 12. Animal protection within the Council of Europe. 13. Animal protection within the European Union. 14. International conventions for the protection of animals. Exercises: 1. Assessment of animal protection and welfare level. Supervisory procedures. Animal Protection Programme. 2. Animal protection in general case studies simulating cases of compliance and non-compliance with the law (Act on the protection of animals against cruelty five prohibitions). 3. Protection of farm animals case studies (housing, feeding, handling, treatment, breeding, interventions). 4. Protection of farm animals - case studies (moving, loading, transport, unloading). 5. Protection of farm animals - case studies (slaughter and killing). 6. Protection of pet animals - case studies (animal species requiring special care, keeping, killing, abandonment etc.). 7. Protection of wild animals - case studies (capture, hunting, killing, captive breeding, training etc.). 8. Protection of wild animals case studies (game management, hunting, fishing). 9. Protection of wild animals case studies (nature and landscape protection, compensation of damages caused by selected specially protected animals, trade in endangered species). 10. Protection of experimental animals - case studies (accreditation, approval of experiments, experimental project, experiment leader, records etc.). 11. Assessment of the level of animal protection and welfare in practice. 12. Assessment of the level of animal protection and welfare in practice preparation of an inspection protocol. 13. Animal protection and welfare assessment field work. 14. Credit.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The Animal Protection lectures cover legislation of the protection of animals against cruelty, particular legal regulations concerning animal treatment, the protection of individual species of wild animals, protection of animals during import, export and transfer. During the practical training students are taught to recognize cruelty and inadequate treatment of animals. The aim of the Ethology lectures is to teach the scientific basis of animal behaviour in an extent suitable for veterinarians. Practicals are aimed at the basics of quantifying and evaluation of behaviours in companion and food animals, including behaviour problems, their prevention and treatment in swine, ruminants and poultry.


Assessment methods and criteria
Recommended literature
  • Franck. Etologie.
  • Fraser, Broom. Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare. &, &.
  • Hrouz aj. Etologie hospodářských zvířat.
  • Veselovský. Etologie.
  • Webster. Welfare, životní pohoda zvířat aneb střízlivé kázání o ráji.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Veterinární lékařství (01) Veterinary medicine and veterinary prevention 2 Summer