On May 13, the AVMA hosted an educational briefing for Capitol Hill staff on recognizing and managing pain in farm animals.
Titled “Advancing farm animal management with improved methods to recognize and manage pain,” the briefing was a virtual event that featured Dr. Hans Coetzee, who is internationally recognized for his work in developing objective assessments of pain experienced by livestock during routine management procedures. Coetzee is a past recipient of the AVMA Animal Welfare Award and served on AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee.
Dr. Coetzee shared his research on technologies to help recognize and manage pain in livestock, discussed challenges to recognizing pain in livestock, and highlighted practical tools that assist in managing pain in cattle in pigs. He also touched on the impact this research has on farm animal management.
This virtual event was part of a series of educational briefings produced by the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NCFAR) to educate lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff on the value of federal investments in agricultural research. As a leading voice in Washington on animal health research, AVMA is a member of the NCFAR and other coalitions that help ensure that lawmakers understand the importance and impact of animal health research.
Dr. Coetzee’s presentation was recorded, and the archived webcast of the presentation is available online.