ANS 305: Applied Animal Behavior
- Applied animal behavior (a.k.a. applied ethology) is the study of the behavior of animals in captive environments that are used by humans.
- We will spend the first half of the semester exploring the factor that shape and control animal behavior such as evolution, domestication, motivation, learning, cognition, perception, and communication.
- We will discuss broad classes of animal behavior including: social behavior, appetitive and consummatory behaviors, abnormal behavior, and behaviors associated with stress, fear, and pain. We will also discuss how human-animal interactions and the physical environment affect animal behavior.
- Finally, we will cover the species-specific behaviors of some domestic animals (i.e., cattle, horses, small ruminants, camelids, pigs, fowl, dogs & cats)
- Labs for the course are a combination of classroom-based experimental design and planning sessions and practical application and data collection sessions at animal facilities.
- Offered Every Spring
- Three Undergraduate Level Credits
- Students will develop an understanding of domestic and wild captive exotic animal behavior and will be exposed to recent scientific research in this field.
- Students will interpret and critically evaluate the validity of behavioral indicators for assessing animal welfare, including health.
- Students will be exposed to the ethics of animal use with the primary goal of developing an appreciation for the complex relationship between humans and animals.
Taught by Dr. Janice Siegford
Department of Animal Science
2265E Anthony Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824