Application period extended for animal welfare competition

Published on October 10, 2017

Animal Welfare Assessment Test Your SkillsAre you or do you know a veterinary student, undergraduate or graduate student interested in taking on new challenges and gaining deeper understanding of animal welfare?

The deadline has been extended for students to enter this November’s Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC), which offers an unparalleled opportunity for students to develop skills they will use throughout their careers.

Applications are due Oct. 23 for individual students and student teams wishing to participate in the contest, which will be held November 18-19 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Sponsored by the AVMA and Merck Animal Health, the competition presents a variety of different scenarios, for which participants assess the animal welfare exhibited. Students present their findings to veterinary and animal welfare experts who serve as judges, and awards are given to the highest-placing individuals and teams.

Students who participate in the competition learn about the integrated use of science-based methods and ethical standards in conducting animal welfare assessments across a broad range of circumstances. The event is a great opportunity for students to hone skills in critical thinking, reasoning and communication. A significant benefit of the contest is the opportunity for students to network with faculty and experts from the field of animal welfare science.

Additional information about the contest, as well as entry forms and tips for preparation, are available on the contest website, at

To get a feel for the types of material presented at the competition, test yourself with one of these short quizzes based on some of the welfare scenarios presented at previous competitions:


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