Take advantage of a unique animal welfare experience

Published on September 19, 2018


The Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Assessment Contest, also known as AWJAC, will be held November 16-18, 2018, at Colorado State University. Offering a unique educational experience for participants, this contest is open to veterinary students, undergraduates and graduate students—and a limited number of AVMA members will be able to attend as non-competitive participants.

By taking part in the Animal Welfare Assessment Contest, participants learn to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning, and they are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. Through this one-of-a-kind event, AVMA offers our expertise in animal welfare to equip the next generation of veterinarians and others in animal-related professions to make educated decisions that protect and enhance animal welfare.

This year, contestants will be expected to assess the welfare of a variety of species, including:

  • Dairy goats
  • Egg laying ducks
  • Green iguanas
  • Polo ponies

To get a taste of the competition, you can test your animal welfare knowledge with assessment quizzes based on scenarios from past contests.

You also can attend and participate! Up to eight AVMA members will be selected to participate and to receive awards of $800 toward travel costs, thanks to funding provided by Merck Animal Health. To apply, download the member application form from awjac.org, and submit it no later than Sept. 28, 2018.


Thanks to premier partner Merck Animal Health for its support for AWJAC.

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