YAS-32306 Companion Animals


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion8
Project learning5
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. AFB van der Poel
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. AFB van der Poel
drs. JAM van der Borg
prof. dr. ir. WH Hendriks
dr. P Koene
dr. ir. BJ Ducro
dr. ir. G Bosch
dr. ir. B Beerda
dr. ir. DGAB Oonincx
Examiner(s)dr. ir. AFB van der Poel

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

1th and 2nd Year Bachelor Courses Animal Scienses


An integration of disciplinary aspects of animal science (evolution, physiology, breeding, nutrition, training, behaviour, welfare, health, politics and information services) applied to companion animals (especially dog, cat and horse). The course will relate these aspects to actual issues in the field and also to specific functions these animals have for humans.

Learning outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed the companion animals course should:
- understand the evolutionary and domestication processes that led to the current physiology, metabolism, genetic background and behaviour of cats, dogs and horses;
- be able to explain and solve problems (regarding physiology, metabolism, genetic background and behaviour) encountered in practice of keeping cats, dogs and horses in a human environment, taking into account their behavioural and physiological needs;
- be able to give examples of applied research in biomechanics, nutrition, breeding and genetics, behaviour and training, and health and welfare for cats, dogs and horses;
- be able to apply and integrate basic knowledge from courses of the first two years of the BSc and knowledge from the companion animals course to a problem case from practice;
- be able to write and present a coherent report or proposal based on an actual case in cats, dogs, horses or other companion animals;
- have insight in the important issues in the pet and horse sector with regard to national policy, animal rights movements, non governmental organisations, the animal health system, and commercial companies.


Participation in lectures and projects (group-wise). Excursions. Selfstudy.


Testimonium for participation in excursions and projects. Written examination about theoretical aspects (75%), project report and presentation (3 0%). For the written examn, a minimal grade of 5.0 is required.


Study-guidelines available with the contact-persons.

Restricted Optional for: BASAnimal SciencesBScA: Terrestrial Animals3WD