Animal Welfare: Education

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Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest (AWJAC)

A limited number of AVMA member veterinarians can now participate in the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest (AWJAC), a unique event that educates about animal welfare assessment while strengthening participants' reasoning and communication skills.

Up to five AVMA members will be selected to attend the Nov. 18-19, 2017, contest at Iowa State University as non-competitive participants, each receiving an award of $1,000 toward travel costs, thanks to funding provided by Premier Partner Merck. If you’re interested in being one of those five members, please complete the member application form and return it no later than Sept. 25 to cjohnson@avma.org. Selected participants will be notified by Oct. 9. Additional information about the contest is available at AWJAC.org.

Animal Welfare Curriculum Development

Animal Welfare Curriculum Planning Group

To help address the need for comprehensive veterinary professional education in animal welfare, the AVMA is developing recommendations for curricula for colleges and schools of veterinary medicine.

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

The proceedings of this 2009 symposium provide information on the role of the veterinary profession in animal welfare education, research and advocacy as presented by an international line-up of expert speakers. Included are copies of presentations, poster abstracts, and links to published papers.

Specialty Training

American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW)

The mission of the American College of Animal Welfare, an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization, is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation. Diplomates of the American College of Animal Welfare are veterinarians with specialized training and experience to carry out the ACAW mission.​

The AVMA's Animal Welfare Conversation on LinkedIn