Animal Studies (Level 5)

£3,500.00

Course Code EDOCCLAC15

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a qualification Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for a Level 5 Animal Studies exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

Working with animals is a challenging, but rewarding, experience. This award can equip you with the skills you need to begin working with animals, or for further study at degree level. An internationally recognised qualification, this Level 5 qualification builds upon prior knowledge, whether gained via academic study or from practical experience.

On successful completion of this course, the students will be awarded 240 UCAS points.

 

What Could I Do After Taking This Animal Studies Course?

With relevant Experience and Qualifications, you can go on to become an Animal Technician. As an animal technician you would be responsible for the day-to-day needs of lab animals. You would sometimes also help scientists with experiments involving the animals in your care. If you have an interest in scientific research and would enjoy working in a laboratory, this could be the job for you.

You’ll be using your written and spoken communication skills to make sure that you work well with the rest of your team and other professionals. You’ll also be using your organisational skills to make sure that you keep accurate records of all of the animals you care for.

Qualified and experienced technicians can earn between £15,000 and £20,000. Senior technologists can earn between £20,000 and £28,000. *

*Figures are intended as a guideline only.

On completion of the Animal Studies course, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:

 

 

 

Course Features

Your Animal Studies (Level 5) Course:

    This Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies can equip you with the skills you need to begin working with animals, or for further study at degree level.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Animal Studies (Level 5) course is: 960 Hours

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Key Topics

The Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies course is divided into sixteen comprehensive units:

  • Unit 1: Using ICT in animal studies
  • Unit 2: Taxonomy and classification of the animal kingdom
  • Unit 3: The biology of mammals
  • Unit 4: Basic genetic principles of mammals
  • Unit 5: Equine anatomy and physiology
  • Unit 6: Equine inheritance processes
  • Unit 7: Equine health, disease and nutrition
  • Unit 8: Equine behaviour and training
  • Unit 9: Feline anatomy and physiology
  • Unit 10: Feline inheritance processes
  • Unit 11: Feline health, disease and nutrition
  • Unit 12: Feline behaviour
  • Unit 13: Canine anatomy and physiology
  • Unit 14: Canine inheritance processes
  • Unit 15: Canine health, disease and nutrition
  • Unit 16: Canine behaviour and working with dogs

Assessments

When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, you will be awarded your diploma by ABC Awards as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

Entry Requirements
Level 3 Diploma

All students must be 17 years of age and above. Students should have completed a Level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) before the Level 5 qualification.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

The students are required to provide a photocopy of their Photo ID and Qualification after they enrol

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials - Online, designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Home Study Resources

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

This Level 5 Animal Studies Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.

Qualification

Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies

Points Awarded : 240 UCAS Points

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a accredited certificate from CIE and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed accredited by CIE. This means that the provider has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 5 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The CIE certificates involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Possible Career Path

Animal Technician
In this job you would care for the animals used in research. Sometimes you would also be involved in experimental work. Your job means that you would be in day-to-day contact with the animals. The majority of technicians work with one type of animal.To become an animal technician, you should have close attention to detail. You should be able to keep accurate records. You will also need good computer skills.There are no entry qualifications, but most employers will expect you to have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.

Find out more about the Job Role for Animal Technician .

What's Included

Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Animal Studies home study course and earn your award:

  • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
  • Completion Certificate
  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • One year educational support by e-mail.
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12 MONTH COURSE INSURANCE :

Reordering a course pack, if you have damaged yours, can be costly. You can usually expect to pay a huge price for a copy. The 12 month insurance Cover will meet the cost for you if your pack was damaged. We will send out another Course Pack at no extra cost if you send us a proof of the damaged course.

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LEARNING FOR LIFE:

We support our students even after they have graduated from the college. Learning for Life Services include:

  • 1. Academic Reference: We are often asked to provide references for students by employers or colleges and universities. The aims of an academic reference are to confirm facts (confirm accuracy of statements made in any application) and to provide relevant opinion on the candidate's aptitude and ability.

  • 2. CV Refresh Service: When you successfully complete your course you will be entitled to our CV refresh service. We will update your current CV to ensure that your new skills and achievements are presented to the highest standard. We will also add your CV to databank of our sister company www.twindo.co.uk

  • 3. 25% off Courses: *(This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers)

    For all students who successfully complete their course, you will be entitled to 25% off any future courses through eDistance Learning or it's partners.

    Furthermore this offer will be extended to your family and friends.

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Further Information
Award Level: Level 5

Awarding Body: CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

Format: Online / Paper

If your course is being delivered online, please ensure you meet the minimum requirements below.

For Windows:
Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

For Macintosh:
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9.2 - Acrobat Reader 4.0 and above

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community. After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 5 working days. You will also receive your personal student number via email. 

From time to time we may enrol our students with our partner sites; this is dependent on the number of students enrolling on a particular course and course material availability. If this happens, nothing changes for you other than the name of the college administering your course. We will continue to be your point of contact; you will get the exact same course you have enrolled on with the same high level of quality content and support.

This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

Step One: It's simple - all you need to do now is choose whether you want to pay in instalments or in full and then click on the relevant enrolment button at the top of this page.

Step Two: Once you have selected your payment option to enrol you will be redirected (this can take a few seconds) to our PayPal payment page for you to select your payment method and complete your enrolment.

Step Three: Within 7 days (normally 48 hours) your enrolment papers and course materials will be with you. A tutor and a dedicated support advisor will also be allocated to you.

That's it..... Thanks and wishing you the best of luck with your studies.

Professional Membership

About CIE (Cambridge International Examinations)

The international qualifications by CIE are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. They deliver high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential. Their programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education. They are created by subject experts, rooted in academic rigour and reflect the latest educational research. They provide a strong platform for learners to progress from one stage to the next, and are well supported by teaching and learning resources.

FAQ's

What is a Level 4 Diploma Equivalent to?

Level 4 qualifications recognise specialist learning and involve detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study. Learning at this level is appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others. Level 4 qualifications are at a level equivalent to Certificates of Higher Education.

What is a Level 5 Diploma equivalent to?

Level 5 qualifications recognise the ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study to enable the formulation of solutions and responses to complex problems and situations. Learning at this level involves the demonstration of high levels of knowledge, a high level of work expertise in job roles and competence in managing and training others. Qualifications at this level are appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers. Level 5 qualifications are at a level equivalent to intermediate Higher Education qualifications

Can I re-sit the exam if I fail?

You can take an online exam re-sit within 3 months of taking the exam, or before the end of your course, whichever is sooner. There is a £150 charge to re-sit the exam.

What is the duration of the course?

Our Level 4 Diplomas last for 1 year from the date of enrolment. All studies and the online exam must be completed within the 1 year time frame.

Can I extend the course if I don’t finish in time?

We do offer a course extension programme where Level 4 Diploma courses can be extended for £75 per month for up to 3 months. The extension period starts from the expiry date of the course.

Can I get into university with a Level 4 Diploma?

Most universities require UCAS points to gain entry. Some universities accept Level 4 Diplomas. We urge you to check the entry requirements of your chosen college/university/employer before enrolling on a course with us.

When will I receive my course?

If you have paid in full and opted for the Online version, the course access will be emailed to you within 48 hours. The paper version will take 3 weeks after you have received the online version and are happy with the course contents.

For students, who choose to pay in instalments - you are required to complete the necessary agreement before the course is emailed to you.

Will I get a certificate on completion of my course?

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

How do I contact my tutor and submit assignments?

All our tutors are working professionals in their chosen fields and prefer to be contacted by email. In this way they can record your questions and progress.

Will my tutor answer my support requests quickly?

Yes, all tutors aim to give you feedback on your assignments within 10 working days. However, you do not usually have to wait this length of time.

Are there any exams?

Most of our courses are designed to be completed through assessments so you are not required to take exams except for A Levels and some Bookkeeping courses. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the arrangement for a centre at which to sit your exams is for you to make.

How does distance learning work?

To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.

When can I start the course?

The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don’t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.

How long do the courses take?

This is dependent upon your choice of course and how fast you want to learn. A full breakdown of the course is available in your course literature. We do provide estimated number of study hours; ask our course advisors for details.

I want to buy a course that is not on the course list. What do I do?

Our website has an excellent list of the most popular courses on the market. However, we do have access to a more in-depth portfolio should you not find the course you are looking for. You can call our course advisors and discuss the course you are interested in.

Do the courses have tutorial support?

Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post. Please note that some of the courses do not have tutor support. Please check the course literature for details

Is the course work done online or sent via the internet?

Most of our courses are available in both Online & Paper formats. You can choose the way your want to study and submit your course work

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £65). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period.

I wish to cancel my course. How do I do this?

If you have decided that this is not the right type of course for you you may cancel your course, in writing, within the first seven days of having received it. You then need to return your materials to the address printed on the course pack. This is at your own expense and we would advise that you return the materials by a traceable service, as this is your responsibility until we receive the materials. Once we have received the materials, in good condition, we will organise a refund cheque to be sent to you. Please note that an admin fee will apply. If you required your materials to be delivered abroad, the additional postage charge will not be refunded.

Do I have to buy any other materials?

Our comprehensive course materials are designed to be self-contained with all the relevant information you require to complete the course and gain the relevant certification. However some of our students undertake additional reading via relevant textbooks/study guides and/or the Internet to add value to their studies.

I’m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?

Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what’s available, contact us now.

Why choose eDistance Learning?

The breadth and depth of our portfolio of courses means that we will have a course to interest you. We are committed to your success, and offer advice and support through every step of the process. We have a dedicated team of Professional Course Advisors that can give you access to career and recruitment advice, whilst offering excellent value and quality courses.

Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.

Course Outline

How is the course structured?

The Level 5 Diploma in Animal Studies course is divided into sixteen comprehensive units:

Unit 1: Using ICT in animal studies
Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning. In this distance learning course utilisation of methods, tools and strategies of ICT is important in order to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college. Students will need to develop ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise their study progression.

The first unit of this Animal Studies course explains how to set up an ePortfolio which students will use during the lifetime of the course for storage of all their files including coursework, self-assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals. The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Students will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose. The ePortfolio will not only provide students with a structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.

Independent research is fundamental to level 5 study and also equips students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics. In this first unit students are presented with tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.

The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills is important for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work. Therefore this unit reviews writing skills, and incorporates reflective writing into both the course and coursework activities. Reflective writing is a way that individuals can review their own approaches to learning and communication; and it also promotes pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment.

Unit 2: Taxonomy and classification of the animal kingdom
All species are categorised or classified according to their similarities. Scientific classification is used by biologists to group both extinct and living species of organisms. The system used was developed in the 18 th century, and involves comparison the anatomy of different species in order to group them together.

Over time, these classifications are being changed to show groups of organisms that are linked not by their physical appearance, but in terms of their descent from a common ancestor. Recently, many revisions have been made as more information is acquired about genetics, and scientific tests have been developed which can tell how related two species are. The branch of science that covers scientific classification is called taxonomy. In this unit students will explore the original and historical timeline of classification and taxonomy and relate this to different species.

Each classification is divided into domains. Unit content will explain how these domains are categorised and identified using physical and genetic characteristics.

Differentiation between mammals and reptiles begins with classification. This unit introduces content on a cellular level in order to facilitate understanding of differentiation

To complete discussion on classification the unit content presents discussion and information about the nitrogen, water and oxygen cycles. This discussion is linked to domains and animal characteristics, bringing into discussion environmental factors and habitat.

Unit 3: The biology of mammals
This section of unit 3 develops discussion from unit 2 and explores cellular biology. Effective and correct cellular function is essential to the maintenance of life. In this section cell structure, function and physiology is looked at in detail

The mammal’s internal body environment is rigidly controlled and this state needs to remain as constant as possible within certain ranges. The process of homeostasis is controlled by sophisticated mechanisms which are sensitive to changes that affect the body’s internal environment, and they respond accordingly. Different feedback systems operate to ensure homeostasis continues effectively. This section of the unit will look at these processes.

There are two forms of reproduction, sexual and asexual. Mammals reproduce using sexual reproduction, and asexual reproduction is used by various organisms such as bacteria, plants, and also some animals. Some animals are able to use both sexual and asexual reproduction. This section of unit 3 looks in detail at cell division and the different types of replication.

Replication means that the DNA, with all its genes, must be copied every time a cell divides.

Expression means that the genes on DNA must control characteristics. A gene was traditionally defined as a factor that controls a particular characteristic (such as flower colour), but a much more precise definition is that a gene is a section of DNA that codes for a particular protein. Expression can be split into two parts :transcription (making RNA) and translation (making proteins). This is called the central dogma of genetics.

These crucial processes are described and explained within this section of unit 3 and prepare students for unit 4 and studying basic genetic processes.

Unit 4: Basic genetic principles of mammals
The physical and chemical appearance of any organisms is known as its phenotype. The phenotype is the result of the genotype or genetic information, the environment in which the organisms lives and the individual or unique genetic make -up which is due to the random shuffling or mixing of genes during meiosis. This unit looks at the processes of inheritance and genetic traits and builds upon knowledge and understanding from unit 3.

Genetic traits are represented in pedigree diagrams which traces how the disease passes through family members and indicates their gender and whether they have the disease. This method is an easy one for seeing and understanding disease inheritance and traits.

Cells are the building blocks from which living organisms are constructed. In order for bodily systems to work, cells cannot be isolated from their external environment, and substances must enter and leave through the membranes of them. This process is crucial to both ell division, growth repair and for processes of inheritance to take place. This unit looks at the integration of these key cellular processes.

In order for an organism to be defined as ‘alive’ they need to possess the characteristics given below, which all animals have in common. The unit culminates in a reiteration of these characteristics which encapsulate the sum total of all cellular processes covered in units 1 to 4: m ovement, nutrition, respiration, excretion. Sensitivity, growth and reproduction.

Unit 5: Equine anatomy and physiology
The skeleton of the horse provides structure to the body, and together with the muscles, allows the horse to move. It also protects the vital organs inside the body.

In addition to these functions, the skeleton also has other functions, for example some of the bones are also involved in the production of red and white blood cells, which are vital components of the immune and circulatory systems. The bones also provide a place for storage of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. This unit will look in detail at the equine skeleton and compare it to that of the human one. It will also present discussion about how the horse’s movement is related to its skeletal developments.

This unit will briefly explore all the other anatomical structures and their functions in the horse and identify any key differences that are present in the horse compared with humans and other animals.

The reproductive systems in horses are important in terms of understanding their anatomy and physiology, particularly in terms of selective breeding programmes and breeding cycles. This unit will present detailed coverage of both mare and stallion reproductive systems and make comparisons to those of humans and other animals.

Gestation in mares and foaling processes are discussed in detail within this unit. The material also looks at complications of pregnancy in horses and particular problems that can occur during and after foaling.

Unit 6: Equine inheritance processes
This unit reviews the basic principles of genetic inheritance already covered and then goes on to explore these in relation to the horse. Different pedigree charts are presented and correlating types of horse characteristics explained.

Selective breeding in horses can result in complex breeding processes and genetic mutations becoming problematic. This unit identifies some of these issues and links the mutations back to genetic processes and commonly seen genetic disorders in horses.

Although it may seem that all genetic mutations are harmful and cause disorders, without the mutations that occur in individual genes, then evolution would not have occurred. It is known from the study of fossil evidence that species change (evolve) over time. When an individual inherits a characteristic that offers it some advantage in some way, then it will be more likely to survive and go on to reproduce, which means that those advantageous genes are more likely to be passed on. Therefore in this section the theoretical concepts of natural selection and selective breeding programmes will be explored.

The total amount of genes within a population is known as the gene pool, and as we already know, there can be considerable variation in the genes within a particular population. As well as mutations giving rise to changes in a gene pool, changes may arise due to individuals moving from one area to another, and breeding occurring between two different populations which are genetically different to each other, causing new combinations to arise. This genetic drift process will be explored and discussed.

Unit 7: Equine health, disease and nutrition
When we think of the requirement for energy for horses, we may think of the work that we want the horse to do. However energy is required for all life processes, including the pumping of the heart, repair and growth of muscles, and the maintenance of blood pressure and the transmission of impulses through the nervous system. The requirements for energy can be classed as the energy for maintenance (staying alive) and the energy for production (work). Some horses will have additional requirements, for example those used for breeding. This unit examines nutritional requirements for horses and then goes on to relate diet to health.

In order to work out how much to feed, it is necessary to work out the weight of the horse, the type of work it is doing, and whether or not it has any additional requirements. Feeding for maintenance is feeding enough to allow the horse to carry out its normal bodily functions such as growth, digestion, tissue repair and respiration. Feeding for production also takes into account work the horse is doing, or pregnancy, lactation, or improving condition of the horse. This section of the unit describes how to make these calculations and relates diet to health and disease.

Discussion of the most common diseases, conditions and ailments seen in horses are described and discussed. Veterinary diagnostic techniques, processes and treatments are also covered. The unit also looks at preventative measures through diet and appropriate feed, together with some of the common drugs used in equine health maintenance and treatment.

The unit presents material on equine behaviour and training. This covers issues such as gender difference, environment, applications such as racing or domestic pets, together with looking at how diet and exercise regimes can affect behaviour and subsequent training processes.

Unit 8: Equine behaviour and training
The modern horse has been domesticated for around ten thousand years, which may seem a long time, although is only a very short time in terms of evolution. The horse is the descendant of Eohippus, who lived more than 55 million years ago. The horse is naturally a prey animal, and so has evolved to have the instincts of a prey animal. Humans originally kept horses for food, as well as using them to work, and more recently, for sport and leisure. Horses have had to adapt to our changing needs within a very short period of time. This unit explores this evolutionary process and makes the link to equine behaviour.

Although the horse has retained its natural instinct to flee from predators, most horses learn to suppress this instinct. We are able to ride the horse and sit on his back. In the wild, a horse would think that something on its back was a predator. The fact that we are able to do this shows that the horse is capable of learning, and this is adaptive behaviour. This unit examines the evidence supporting learning processes of the horse and makes comparisons to other animal behaviour.

The unit looks at reducing equine behaviour problems through traditional learning and conditioning processes but also through exercise, diet and environment/habitat.

The unit links methods of training to behaviour management and processes. Therefore different types of training models will be discussed through the unit.

Unit 9: Feline anatomy and physiology
The skeleton of the cat provides structure to the body, and together with the muscles, allows the cat to move. It also protects the vital organs inside the body.

In addition to these functions, the skeleton also has other functions, for example some of the bones are also involved in the production of red and white blood cells, which are vital components of the immune and circulatory systems. The bones also provide a place for storage of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. This unit will look in detail at the feline skeleton and compare it to that of the human one. It will also present discussion about how the cat’s movement and balance is related to its skeletal developments, specifically the tail.

This unit will briefly explore all the other anatomical structures, body systems and their functions in the cat and identify any key differences that are present in the cat compared with humans and other animals.

The reproductive systems in cats are important in terms of understanding their anatomy and physiology, particularly in terms of selective breeding programmes and breeding cycles. This unit will present detailed coverage of both male and female reproductive systems and make comparisons to those of humans and other animals.

Gestation in cats and processes related to kitten rearing are discussed in detail within this unit. The material also looks at complications of pregnancy in cats and particular problems that can occur during and after kittening

Unit 10: Feline inheritance processes
This unit reviews the basic principles of genetic inheritance already covered and then goes on to explore these in relation to the cat which have some key differences. Different pedigree charts are presented and correlating types of feline characteristics explained.

Selective breeding in cats can result in complex breeding processes and genetic mutations becoming problematic, particularly when trying to achieve a breed standard, for example coat colour and coat length. This unit identifies some of these issues and links the mutations back to genetic processes and commonly seen genetic disorders in cats.

Although it may seem that all genetic mutations are harmful and cause disorders, without the mutations that occur in individual genes, then evolution would not have occurred. It is known from the study of fossil evidence that species change (evolve) over time. When an individual inherits a characteristic that offers it some advantage in some way, then it will be more likely to survive and go on to reproduce, which means that those advantageous genes are more likely to be passed on. Therefore in this section the theoretical concepts of natural selection and selective breeding programmes will be explored as was done in unit 6, but this time we confine the discussions to feline inheritance.

The total amount of genes within a population is known as the gene pool, and as we already know, there can be considerable variation in the genes within a particular population. We have already studied some of these variations in previous units. The unit material looks again at mutations giving rise to changes in a gene pool, and the changes may arise due to individuals moving from one area to another, and breeding occurring between two different populations which are genetically different to each other, causing new combinations to arise. In particular we look at domesticity and feral characteristics in cats.

Unit 11: Feline health, disease and nutrition

Cats need to eat in order to live, grow and to remain healthy. The components of food, which provide all the energy and raw materials to fulfill this task, are nutrients.An individual cat’s requirements for each nutrient will vary throughout its life, depending on stage of development, exercise, health and reproductive status. In terms of nutrition requirements, the felidae are unusual animals, as throughout their evolutionary history, they have been exclusively carnivorous. The cat is an obligate carnivore, which means it needs to eat meat to survive. The nutrients in food are ingested (eaten) by the cat, subsequently digested in the alimentary canal, absorbed into the bloodstream, and metabolised by the body to fulfil the cat’s needs.

Cats, like all other living organisms, occasionally suffer from ill health, although many domestic cats will only meet a veterinarian for routine check ups, vaccinations and neutering.

Signs of illness are varied and can include the following: weight loss or gain, coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, loss of appetite or difficulty eating, vomiting, difficulty in urinating or bloody urine, dullness, increased thirst, marked change in behaviour, excessive scratching/licking, diarrhoea or constipation, third eyelid showing, difficulty in breathing, mouth ulceration, pale lips/gums, swollen abdomen, unusual gait, and fur loss/unkempt coat. Although this section will discuss some of these diseases in detail, it should not be used as a replacement for diagnosis and treatment by a qualified veterinarian. This unit examines some of the more common diseases found in cats and also looks at vaccination programmes related to domesticity and feral cats.

Feral cats are domesticated cats or those that descended from them, but living as wild animals. Some are abandoned pets; others are born in the wild to existing ferals or to strays. Kittens born in the wild, with no exposure to humans during the socialisation period, (3-8 weeks) become wild animals. Many ferals approach familiar people for food and some become tame through regular contact or are tamed by carers. Farm cats (barn cats) are often considered to be "semi-feral" or "semi-tame" since they are accustomed to some limited human interaction. Because of the difficulty with rehabilitation and control of feral cats this unit presents some detailed discussion on the issues of maintaining the health of non-feral and feral cats.

The last section of the unit discusses welfare of cats in institutionalised environments such as catteries and breeding establishments. Relevant legislation is also discussed.

Unit 12: Feline behaviour

In natural environments, cats are solitary hunters, but domestic cats are a flexible species, capable of forming relationships with each other and with humans. Certain factors dictate how cats live with each other and with humans. These factors include availability of resources such as food and shelter and territory size. Female cats live in groups often by necessity since they live with their kittens for much of their lives. Independent adult males and females do not form permanent groups, unless there is a pressing need to do so. This unit therefore looks at social behaviour in cats related to other feline groups, other animal species and humans.

The maintenance of a complex social structure such as is found within the domestic cat must rely on good communication. Cats communicate in many different ways including visual, vocal, olfactory and tactile. This unit discusses the different methods of feline communication and makes comparisons to other animals and humans.

Socialisation of kittens is a complex process and shapes the adult cat’s ability ot form attachments with human beings. This unit looks at the theoretical and practical perspectives of socialisation and attachment and also what happens when things go wrong, such as indoor marking and aggression.

Phobia can be common in felines including nervousness, phobia, separation anxieties, over grooming, self-mutilation and pica (ingestion of non-food items). All these problems involve taking a detailed case history and trying to understand the cat’s behaviour. Unlike dogs, most cats do not have an overwhelming desire to please their owners. To discourage one type of behaviour and encourage another, the cat must come to appreciate the benefit of the change. In most cases, increased interaction with the cat, providing it with a stimulating environment, (particularly with indoor cats) whilst providing safe non-stimulating areas, where it will not be disturbed for sleep, toileting and feeding, will result in a happy, well adjusted pet. It must however be borne in mind that all felines, like people, are individuals with varying personality traits. These will be topics of discussion in the unit.

Unit 13: Canine anatomy and physiology

The skeleton of the dog provides structure to the body, and together with the muscles, allows the dog to move. It also protects the vital organs inside the body.

In addition to these functions, the skeleton also has other functions, for example some of the bones are also involved in the production of red and white blood cells, which are vital components of the immune and circulatory systems. The bones also provide a place for storage of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. This unit will look in detail at the canine skeleton and compare it specifically with the wolf.

This unit will briefly explore all the other anatomical structures, body systems and their functions in the cat and identify any key differences that are present in the dog compared with humans and other animals.

The reproductive systems in dogs are important in terms of understanding their anatomy and physiology, particularly in terms of selective breeding programmes and breeding cycles. This unit will present detailed coverage of both male and female reproductive systems and make comparisons to those of humans and other animals.

Gestation in dogs and processes related to puppy rearing are discussed in detail within this unit. The material also looks at complications of pregnancy in dogs and particular problems that can occur during and after birth.

Unit 14: Canine inheritance processes

This unit reviews the basic principles of genetic inheritance already covered, direct students to revised basic principles and concepts, and then goes on to explore these in relation to the dog which have some key differences. Different examples are presented and correlating types of canine characteristics explained.

Selective breeding in dogs can result in complex breeding processes and genetic mutations becoming problematic, particularly when trying to achieve a breed standard, for example coat colour and coat length and ‘desirable’ characteristics or traits This unit identifies some of these issues and links the mutations back to genetic processes and commonly seen genetic disorders in dogs.

Although it may seem that all genetic mutations are harmful and cause disorders, without the mutations that occur in individual genes, then evolution would not have occurred. This topic has been well covered in previous units. Students are directed to these and the topics related to canine inheritance.

The total amount of genes within a population is known as the gene pool, and as we already know, there can be considerable variation in the genes within a particular population. We have already studied some of these variations in previous units. The unit material looks again at mutations giving rise to changes in a gene pool, and the changes may arise due to individuals moving from one area to another, and breeding occurring between two different populations which are genetically different to each other, causing new combinations to arise.

Unit 15: Canine health, disease and nutrition

The carnivore is designed to acquire most of its energy from meat sources which are low in carbohydrates, so fat and protein are the main energy sources, in contrast to humans, for whom the main source of energy is carbohydrate. This unit revises the basic nutritional requirements and goes on to discuss canine nutrition in detail.

Diseases in the dog can have many causes. Sometimes physiological systems simply break down over time and then the correct functioning is impaired, or there may be genetic links which predispose a dog to a particular condition. This unit examines some of the more common diseases seen in dogs, together with diagnostic tests and treatments.

As dogs are largely domesticated in the UK we look at prevention of disease in detail and this included maintaining a dogs health and well being through vaccination, flea and worm control.

In addition to presentation of diagnostic procedures and treatments this unit discusses common injuries seen in domesticated and working dogs and presents some first aid treatments as well as alternative therapies in common use.

Unit 16: Canine behaviour and working with dogs

The dog is very closely related to the wolf, and so displays many behavioural similarities, although the domestication and selective breeding that it has been subjected to mean that its behaviour also differs. In this unit we look at how dogs have been domesticated and what this means in terms of innate instinct and adapted behaviour. Theories and models will be presented and evaluated.

In addition to the natural instinctive behaviour of the dog, much behaviour can be accounted for by learning. There are many different ways that learning can take place. The definition of learning or conditioning, as it is more correctly described, is any relatively permanent change in response that occurs as a result of experience. This section explores conditioning and applies different types of conditioning to domestic pest and working breeds.

Many owners may believe their dogs are exhibiting ‘abnormal’ behaviour, when in fact the behaviour is entirely normal. For example a dog showing aggressive behaviour may be doing so in response to pain, or because it has learned that being aggressive results in chasing away a perceived threat. These behaviours are not abnormal, even if they are unwanted. Because humans have such a close relationship with dogs we look at ‘abnormal’ or perceived abnormal behaviour and seek to attach meaning and explanation to some of the more common expressions.

We continue the theme of behaviour as we look at different environments that dogs inhabit, for example kennels, breeding and human-dog partnership such as the working dog.

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