Don’t miss this animal welfare learning opportunity

Published on October 11, 2021
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Register by October 22 for AVMA’s Animal Welfare Assessment Contest

If you’re an AVMA member and interested in animal welfare, you have a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge of welfare issues while earning CE and meeting like-minded colleagues.

The 21st annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest is being held online this year, and up to 50 AVMA member veterinarians will be able to join in. Participants review realistic animal welfare scenarios involving a variety of species, attend presentations by animal welfare experts from around the world, and connect with colleagues in an atmosphere that encourages networking and connection.

It was a fantastic experience, full of learning, meeting great folks, and fun. I very much enjoyed being a participant, and the presentations by the experts were fantastic and enlightening.

Also, for the first time, up to 20 veterinary technicians will be able to participate in this year’s contest. A limited number of veterinarians who belong to foreign veterinary medical associations also are eligible.

The contest will take place November 19-21, 2021, and the registration deadline for all participants is October 22. Learn more and register at awjac.org.

What is the competition?

The AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest is the premier event for students and veterinary professionals to practice working through the complexities of assessing animal welfare. Participants analyze the welfare of various types of animals in comparative scenarios, determine whether the welfare of animals in one scenario is better or worse than the other, and present their decision orally to the judges.

Attendees also can submit a poster highlighting their own research or a clinical case study.

Students compete for traveling trophies in three divisions: veterinary, graduate, and undergraduate students. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians view the scenarios, present oral assessments, and receive scores, but don't compete for awards.

This year’s competition will include assessments of pet parrots (psittacines), boar studs, and cats in a research setting.

What do attendees say?

AWJAC participants overwhelmingly recommend the event to colleagues. Here are just a few examples of what recent attendees have said:

  • “Meeting the people behind the newest animal welfare is very important. … You can hear their passion.”
  • “I learned about more information than I could have read, and also met great people during the networking event.”
  • “It was a fantastic experience, full of learning, meeting great folks, and fun. I very much enjoyed being a participant, and the presentations by the experts were fantastic and enlightening. ”

Register by October 22


Special thanks to presenting partner Merck Animal Health for providing education funding in support of the AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest.

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