Therapy Animal Certification
Contributor(s):: Palmertree, Manda
An ethicist's commentary on veterinary "nurse practitioners"
Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.
A scenario analysis on the implementation of a farm animal welfare assessment system
Contributor(s):: Ingenbleek, P. T. M., Blokhuis, H. J., Butterworth, A., Keeling, L. J.
There have been important developments in the measurement of farm animal welfare in recent years. Measuring animal welfare is one thing, implementing a farm animal welfare assessment system another. The implementation of such a system occurs in an environment that is influenced by economic,...
Dog offers comfort for patients at Rankin Medical Center
Testing German shepherd puppies to assess their chances of certification
Contributor(s):: Svobodova, I., Vapenik, P., Pinc, L., Bartos, L.
behavioural activity of 7-week-old German shepherd puppies was tested and the activities analysed if they could be used for predicting police efficiency of the individual. In total 206 individuals sired by 42 sires and 44 dams were used. The activities were divided into 10 tasks in which...
Applications for methods of on-farm welfare assessment
Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J., Kent, J. P., Wemelsfelder, F., Ofner, E., Tuyttens, F. A. M.
Animal welfare assessment at group level is a scientific discipline that is rapidly developing. The interest in welfare assessment systems is based on an ethical concern for the welfare of farm animals. The scientific community plays an important role in delivering an appropriate repeatable,...
Formal animal-based welfare assessment in UK certification schemes
Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J., Whay, H. R., Leeb, C., Webster, A. J. F.
Providing assurance of improvement in welfare outcomes is the desire of some UK certification schemes. However, this is only likely to be achieved if such schemes monitor welfare outcomes rather than rely on defining welfare resources that should be provided. The University of Bristol has...
On-farm welfare assessment in cattle: validity, reliability and feasibility issues and future perspectives with special regard to the Welfare QualityReg. approach
Contributor(s):: Knierim, U., Winckler, C.
This paper discusses the current state of development of on-farm cattle welfare assessment systems with special regard to the approach of Welfare QualityReg. that focuses on animal-related measures. The central criteria validity, reliability and feasibility are considered with regard to selected...
Overall assessment of animal welfare: strategy adopted in Welfare QualityReg
Contributor(s):: Botreau, R., Veissier, I., Perny, P.
Animal welfare is multidimensional; its assessment relies on complementary measures covering all dimensions. Welfare QualityReg. constructed a multicriteria evaluation model for its assessment at unit level (farms, slaughterhouses). Four welfare principles are distinguished ('Good feeding', 'Good...
Promoting quality of life discussions between the veterinary profession and the pet-owning public
Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J.
Because it is the pet-owning public that normally provides the day-to-day care for companion animals, maintaining or improving standards in animal welfare is best achieved by engaging owners in the debate over an individual animal's quality of life (QoL). Veterinary practice teams (including...
Sickness behaviour and its relevance to animal welfare assessment at the group level
Contributor(s):: Millman, S. T.
The inflammatory response evokes changes in behaviour including increased thermoregulatory activities and sleep, reduced social exploration and appetite, and altered food preferences. This sickness response also includes feelings of lethargy, depression, and pain, collectively referred to as...