|Events||2016 12 to 13 Nov: Animal Welfare Judging Contest, Columbus, OH, USA|
For those who don’t know about the contest, it was the brainchild of long-time ISAE member Dr. Adroaldo Zanella when he was based at Michigan State University, with the idea of promoting animal welfare science among both agricultural and veterinary students by adapting the longstanding tradition of livestock judging contests. The current contest has 3 divisions – undergraduate, graduate and veterinary student divisions – and comprises welfare assessment of 4 different scenarios, one of which is done “live” at an animal facility.
More detailed information can be found at http://www.awjac.org/index.html including details of past contests and example videoed scenarios. This year’s contest will involve scenarios on guinea pigs, shelter dogs, meat sheep and laying hens (live assessment). It’s a great way of engaging students in learning about multi-species animal welfare and to gain transferable skills in welfare assessment, critical thinking and oral presentation.
Entry can be as a team or as an individual, with a $10 entry fee per contestant. The entry deadline is October 1st and any questions can be directed to Dr. Cia Johnson, Director of AVMA’s Animal Welfare Division ().