The Department of Animal Sciences has teamed up with the
“We have the opportunity to gain expertise in the animal welfare arena by teaming up with one of the strongest centers of excellence in the world of animal welfare as it relates to education,” says James Kinder, chair of OSU’s Department of Animal Sciences.
“Stewardship encompasses animal welfare, production efficiency, environmental concern and social awareness,” said Kinder. “The public and the food industry itself has become more aware of the responsibility of being a good steward of our food supply, and they demand that those in animal production be knowledgeable about those issues.”
Paul Hemsworth, a professor with the
“This is the first
The Animal Welfare Science Centre is a joint organization with
One scientific endeavor is the incorporation of animal welfare teaching modules into the animal sciences curriculum. Nine teaching modules, ranging from animal ethics to stress impact to proper animal welfare techniques of farm and companion animals have been developed and are awaiting approval to be included in future
Another aspect of the collaborative work is the development of training programs in
“The programs target the behaviors and attitudes of people working in these industries and the effects they have on animal welfare,” says Hemsworth.
The computer-based training programs focus on key attitudes and behaviors centering on animal welfare and how changing those traits can improve an animal’s well-being and industry productivity.
Hemsworth says the training programs have seen success in