Animal Behavior and Welfare Teaching Program

ABWG team members were honored for the development of their online course ANS 805 Animal Welfare Assessment. The team received an honoroable mention in the category of fully online courses in the second annual SBC Awards in Instructional Technology Competition at MSU. Team members were honored at a banquet on April 26, 2006. The competition was developed in response to the growing use of online technologies for instruction at Michigan State University. The awards program recognizes and encourages best practices in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.
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Applied Animal Behavior (ANS 305) Spring Semester: Students enrolled in the Applied Animal Behavior Science (ANS305) tend to develop very advanced research projects. Their projects are followed by oral presentations, poster presentation, complemented by a research paper. Click here to read more »

Animal Welfare Assessment - (ANS 805-730)
Online Animal Welfare Course

3 Credit graduate and veterinary level course.

The course is designed to teach students the basic principles of animal welfare science and how to apply these principles to assess animal welfare. Students are expected to develop the ability to objectively assess animal welfare of species in production, research, zoos, companion, and other situations. Course includes lectures, readings, notes, quizzes and exercises, assessment scenarios, evaluation and discussion.
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Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science (ANS 890) Spring Semester, even years: We have implemented with Dr. Ed Pajor from Purdue University a long distance (e.g. video link) graduate course addressing animal welfare issues. Click here to read more »

Animal Welfare Judging
We are currently developing teaching material to introduce animal welfare science to undergraduate students. We are proposing to use the novel experiential learning approach which we developed using judging teams as the teaching model (Heleski, Zanella & Pajor, 2001).
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Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare Emphasis (Suggested
elective courses for undergraduate study, click here for graduate study courses

Students should examine the course listings under PREVETERINARY OPTION and SCIENCE OPTION. Students in the behavior and welfare emphasis area should plan to complete coursework in:

Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Trigonometry, and Statistics, also extensive experience or coursework in Computers.
Assessment of animal welfare...
Developing protocols to assess the processes by which humans develop their attitudes toward animal welfare issues; developing a novel concept to be used ...

We have developed a model to increase education of animal welfare issues based on a traditional curriculum feature within animal science departments: judging teams ...
Equine Welfare Intervention
Strategy. is a ten-day intervention strategy designed to investigate the welfare of working horses, to develop realistic solutions to critical welfare issues facing these ...