Animal welfare: Students

Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC)

The Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening student vocabulary and reasoning skills. The competition teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in the animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare.

The contest is open to veterinary students, undergraduates, and graduate students. A limited number of veterinarians also take part each year as non-competitive participants.

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Join SAVMA (Student AVMA)

Veterinary students are eligible to join the Student AVMA if they are enrolled in a full-time program of study leading directly to a professional veterinary degree, granted by a school or college of veterinary medicine.

Student externships

If you have a special interest in animal well-being and/or the human-animal bond, then you may enjoy being an extern in the Animal Welfare Division (AWD) of the AVMA. The AWD assists the AVMA in meeting its strategic goal to be “a leading advocate for, and an authoritative, science-based resource on animal welfare.

Literature reviews

AVMA literature reviews are science-based, peer-reviewed literature summaries of select topics relevant to animal health and welfare. AVMA literature reviews are not AVMA policy, and generally do not draw conclusions; they simply report what we know from the literature or other verifiable data about a given topic.