In facts, the United Kingdom was the first country in the world to implement laws protecting animals since 1822; this means that I have been on the right path to study where it has a strong emphasis on my interests. I have therefore chosen three university courses from my priority:
Firstly, The Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare at New Castle University, has interesting and compatible modules which would demonstrate the key concepts from legal and ethical frameworks for people working with animals, an animal welfare science such as relationships between animals and people, and interpretation and evaluation of research related to animal behaviour and welfare. These would broaden my experience, with professional staff's specialties including an international reputation for their research into improving knowledge and skills, in addition, facilities like farms and modern laboratories are available. The course is also validated by the association for the study of animal behaviour with around 1,000 members. Moreover, I would have an opportunity to take advantage of a networking by a work experience within the course. Overall, this programme is designed to meet my future plan.
Secondly, The Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at The University of Edinburgh, the first animal welfare MSc in the UK was established here. This course has popular International reputation and is supported by international institutions, so I will meet many academics and experts for the larger networking within the professional community. The course will synthesize sources to help students understand the issues better, including guest lecturers, visits to zoo and labs. I am confident this can be applied for my further research, training, and study.
Thirdly, The Animal Health and Welfare at Nottingham Trent University, is my last preference, but not least important, because this course has difference in contexts that relate to the application of health and welfare science for the use of animals in society. The course consists of a variety of assessment methods, such as case studies, student-led seminars, literature reviews and presentations, allowing me to demonstrate understanding, skills and the ability to communicate in a scientific style.
The three courses' profiles above have related to my previous academic background due to my bachelor degree in Animal Production Technology which was mostly studied on farm animals. Nevertheless, there was no subject related to animal behaviour and welfare at all. So I have considered my qualification and research skills were quite limited factors to approach my goal for this complex issue. As an agricultural officer, during ten years, I have Studied and trained people a sustainable animal farming which were likely to keep animal well-being itself. My vision is already ahead to establish a social framework for the better knowledge relating to animal welfare and their behavour which contributes to develop my skills. That is why I look forward to striving for a higher education overseas by applying the Chevening scholarship. This international opportunity alongside with the outstanding course in the UK, I would be more capable to address local controversial animal rights issues.