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Stray Animal Course
Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 40 hours CPD
Understanding the problem
Learn about the causes of feral & stray cat and dog populations including: Over-breeding; human neglect, ignorance, influence of tourism & tourists, breeders, attitude & social differences. This section includes international comparisons between the UK, Asia (e.g. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan), Far East (e.g. Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, China), Caribbean (mainland & islands), Europe (e.g. Spain, Portugal, Italy, Baltic regions);
Understand the reasons for the management of stray & feral populations.
Assessing the size of the cat & dog stray/feral population in an area
In this module of the stray animal course, you will gain an understanding the welfare issues faced in various regions, how to assess and measure the extent of the population and how to address the problem with minimum impact on the local community.
Learn the various methods of population size assessment and the equipment & materials required for assessment
Information on population size assessment includes: Counts, local human population co-operation, capture, estimates, age of dogs/cats (pup/kitten numbers, breeding females).
Understanding and choosing the most appropriate solutions
There are several solutions and this module explores the various solutions and how to choose the most appropriate one for each situation.
This module includes information about controlled scientific approaches to neutering, local community eduction, government legislation, registration/identification, reducing reproduction/commercial supply, re-homing and foster homes, spaying & castration, vaccinations, parasite control and euthanasia.
Learn about the issues involved in the solutions such as: Volunteer & equipment availability; re-homing site availability; foster homes; vaccinations; euthanasia; parasite control: funding, veterinary support, charitable organisation support; local community; human: local income & priorities; cultural differences & diversity: attitudes, needs, perceived interference; financial: costs of solutions e.g. neutering v euthanasia (‘culling’).
Learn how to compare, contrast & evaluate the most appropriate solutions including: Costs, benefits and issues of each solution.
Evaluating progress and monitoring intervention results
Learn about the process of evaluating progress and how to monitor results to evaluate the success of the project.
Learn how to monitoring processes including: Data collection; observation; local community; repeat visits; persons involved: training, support; importance of monitoring.
Learn how intervention methods are monitored & about the importance of performing scientific monitoring.