The AVMA proudly supports the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest
, which will take place on November 12-13. The contest provides animal science and veterinary students with realistic scenarios to help them learn about the many factors that go into a thorough welfare assessment, identify areas for improvement, and provide sound, science-based opinions relating to the welfare of diverse species in many different settings.
Ensuring animal welfare is a human responsibility that includes consideration for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, humane handling and, when necessary, humane euthanasia.
Seems straightforward, right? In reality, animal welfare assessment may be much more complex and challenging to assess; real-life situations may present advantages in one area and disadvantages in another, and an assessment often depends on weighing which elements of welfare are most important to the animals. Even well-respected animal welfare experts may disagree.
Take the quiz, which is based on a llama welfare assessment scenario from the 2015 contest, to get a sense of the contest scenarios and assess your own animal-welfare assessment skills. Look for more quizzes in the future to test your skills with other species. Want to discuss the scenarios with your colleagues or present one of your own? Join The Conversation, our animal welfare-focused LinkedIn group. If you’ll be at the AVMA Convention this year, join the members of the AVMA Animal Welfare team when they present an Asian elephant scenario from the 2015 contest on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 4-4:50 p.m. in Room 217A of the convention center.