Poster Abstract: The Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, University of Guelph: Promoting animal welfare through research and education

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

November 8-11, 2009
The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at
Michigan State University


Sheppard KC1, Widowski TM1,2, Haley DB3
1Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, 2Department of Animal and Poultry Science, and 3Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

The Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) is well-recognized internationally for its expertise in animal welfare. Established at the University of Guelph in 1989, it was the first centre in North America dedicated to advancing animal welfare through scientific research and education. CCSAW is comprised of over 50 associated faculty from across campus colleges and disciplines, including the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC). The multidisciplinary work of faculty and students helps to guide current thinking on animal welfare issues and solutions, and establish new guidelines for animal care and management. The Campbell Centre serves as a network, providing opportunities for enhanced research collaborations, and knowledge transfer. An annual CCSAW research symposium offers a forum for student and faculty presentations and is open to the public. In addition, our regular public lecture series and monthly animal behavior and welfare research seminar series draw in students and faculty as well as members of government, industry and the veterinary profession. Our international conferences include "Caring During Crisis: Animal Welfare During Pandemics and Natural Disasters" (full papers in Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Volume 11, Issue 2, 2008) and "5th International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level (WAFL, 2011)". CCSAW faculty members deliver our interdisciplinary graduate degree program specializing in the field animal of welfare via thesis-based and course-based streams. CCSAW also has responsibility for delivering non-degree education programs and a variety of educational materials (books, DVDs, newsletter). Finally, the Centre provides support for student activities such as the participation of our veterinary, undergraduate and graduate teams in the annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging Competition at Michigan State University and the annual Animal Welfare Forum organized by the OVC Animal Welfare Club. For more information please visit: