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Common Symptoms of Diseases in Poultry

By Vicky Protopapadaki, Tutor, ADL Online Education on June 21, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments

Poultry is a collective term used to describe domesticated birds such as chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys and others. These are mainly used by humans for production and exhibition purposes but some also make excellent pets. 

Like all birds, poultry are, too, susceptible to disease. Disease is very common among poultry, especially those used in the farming industry. While it may be impossible or impractical to check individuals for symptoms of disease in a flock of thousands, the effect of disease on a flock can be detrimental to production. Additionally, and most importantly, disease may be an indicator of overall poor welfare...


Animal Care… the job for you?

By Iona Lister, Tutor, ADL Online Education on June 18, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments

Did you know that the pet population estimates that 13 million (46% of) UK households have pets. The pet population stands at around 65 million – including fish. This brings the importance of animals into sharp focus, and also the possibilities of animal care as a potential career.

Latest figures for the UK Top Ten Pets are:

1. Fish kept in tanks: 20 - 25 million (9% of households)
2. Fish kept in ponds: 20 million (5% of households)
3. Dogs: 9 million (24% of households)
4. Cats: 7.9 million (18% of households)...

The Fundamentals of Environmental Enrichment

By Vicky Protopapadaki, Tutor, ADL Online Education on March 30, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments
The welfare of captive animals is often compromised as they live in man-made environments which don’t always successfully replicate their natural ones. In such conditions, animals often have very little opportunity to exercise the full range of their normal/natural behavioural repertoires and tend to develop severe behavioural and health problems. 

One way to compensate for the inadequacies of the captive environment and to improve animal welfare is by 


Four Reasons Why You Should Study Animal Behaviour

By Vicky Protopapadaki, Tutor, ADL Online Education on March 29, 2016 in Animals & Pets | comments
Have you ever wondered why your cat looks hypnotised for a second or two after she smells something interesting? (hint: it is called the Flehmen response) Or why your dog likes burying bones? Do you think chimpanzees smile because they are happy? The answer may surprise you.

Animals are captivating. They have their own unique ways of communicating their thoughts, feelings and intentions to their conspecifics and members of other species, including humans. While we may be fascinated by animal behaviour we are often at a loss

Animal Welfare - An Introduction

By Vicky Propopapadaki, Tutor, ADL - Academy For Distance Learning on March 25, 2016 in Animals, Pets & Psychology | comments
The proper way animals ought to be treated has been a subject of debate since antiquity. It was not until the 20th century through that a science of animal welfare was developed. 

Simply put, the science of animal welfare is concerned with improving the health and well-being of animals in any situation. Animal welfare cannot be defined in strict terms though. This is mainly because the study of animal welfare encompasses many different disciplines and approaches. Also, what we consider to constitute good animal welfare now is different from what was considered to be good animal welfare in the past and this will, most likely, also change in the future.