Animal Welfare: Education

Featured Topic: 2018 Humane Endings Symposium

Save the date to attend the 2018 Humane Endings Symposium November 2-4 outside Chicago. Experts on humane endings for animals will come together to present cutting-edge research and practical experience in applying methods of euthanasia, slaughter and depopulation across many species. Attendees will learn how the AVMA formulates its guidance, and contribute to the knowledge base and conversation that shapes it.

Interested in being a speaker? The AVMA invites you to submit proposals for inclusion at the symposium. Abstracts may be submitted from now until May 29, 2018.

Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest (AWJAC)

The annual Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) provides a unique educational experience that teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations, strengthening their communication skills at the same time that they acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare.

The competition is open to veterinary students, undergraduates, and graduate students. A limited number of veterinarians also take part each year as non-competitive participants.

Human-Animal Bond Certificate

The AVMA is proud to be the founding educational partner for the Human-Animal Bond Certification Program offered through the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). This certification allows veterinary professionals to fully appreciate the science behind the human-animal bond, and its benefits for both animals and people, and get practical advice on how to ensure good bonds are built and maintained. It also demonstrates how communicating the bond's benefits to clients can help your patients and your practice. AVMA members receive a 20 percent discount off the cost of the program.

Animal Welfare Curriculum Planning Group

To help address the need for comprehensive veterinary professional education in animal welfare, the AVMA is developing recommendations for curricula for colleges and schools of veterinary medicine.

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

The proceedings of this 2009 symposium provide information on the role of the veterinary profession in animal welfare education, research and advocacy as presented by an international line-up of expert speakers. Included are copies of presentations, poster abstracts, and links to published papers.

Specialty Training

American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW): The mission of the American College of Animal Welfare, an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization, is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation. Diplomates of the American College of Animal Welfare are veterinarians with specialized training and experience to carry out the ACAW mission.​

The AVMA's Animal Welfare Conversation on LinkedIn