Issues in farm animal welfare continue to be hotly debated across the United States, and recently Ohio's farm animal production practices have come under scrutiny. On Oct. 16, a symposium on animal welfare being held at Ohio State University will offer perspectives that are grounded in science and education.

The "Ohio State Animal Welfare Symposium: Building Partnerships to Address Animal Welfare," will take place Oct.16 from 8 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio.

The symposium is organized by Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which have recently partnered with the Animal Welfare Science Centre of Australia.

The purpose of the symposium is to celebrate the new partnership, while examining issues surrounding animal welfare across the country, highlighting curre nt animal welfare research and encouraging balanced discussions.

The registration fees are $75 with continuing-education credits; $25 without credit; and $10 for students. The registration deadline is Sept. 15, after that date a $10 late fee will be attached to all registrations. View registration information and an agenda of topics and speakers.

Further updates on the Ohio State Animal Welfare Symposium will be posted to the Web site as they become available. For more information, contact Melissa Weber, director of communications and marketing for the College of Veterinary Medicine, at (614) 292-3752 or e-mail

Source: Ohio State University