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  1. Paws and Think, Inc.

    Paws and Think, Inc. was founded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) organization to bring the benefits off the human-animal bond to both people and dogs.  Our Mission is Improving lives through the power of the human-dog connection.  We do this through our Youth-Canine programs, helping at-risk or...

  2. Application of the welfare quality protocol in pig slaughterhouses of five countries

    Contributor(s):: Dalmau, A., Nande, A., Vieira-Pinto, M., Zamprogna, S., Martino, G. di, Ribas, J. C. R., Costa, M. P. da, Halinen-Elemo, K., Velarde, A.

    The objective of the present study is to assess the variability of the measures used in the welfare quality (WQ) protocol for pigs among slaughterhouses in five different countries and to propose alarm and critical thresholds for the calculation of scores for future development of an animal...

  3. Certification in Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Wellness

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    This is a certification process in Alberta Canada that qualifies people to work with animals to help people in need.Certification is granted for two types of helping professionals as indicated below:Animal Assisted Therapist - Master’s level helping professionals. This includes mental...

  4. Exploring Animal-Assisted Interventions

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    Contributor(s):: Eileen Bona

    What does it involve? Practical application of the distance education information provided in the courses in Animal Assisted Interventions.Taking part in activities and exercises with animals designed to help people with a variety of life issues. These activities will address the learning...

  5. A pilot study to develop an assessment tool for sheep welfare after long journey transport

    Contributor(s):: Messori, S., Sossidou, E., Buonanno, M., Mounaix, B., Barnard, S., Vousdouka, V., Villa, P. dalla, Roest, K. de, Spoolder, H.

    Sheep transport within Europe involves 9.5 million animals yearly, 63% of which travel over long journeys (>8 h). Livestock transport, particularly over long journeys, gives rise to concern about the welfare of transported animals. The European Commission stimulates the development of...

  6. Broiler chicken welfare assessment in GLOBALGAP certified and non-certified farms in Brazil

    Contributor(s):: Souza, A., Oliveira Sans, E. C. de, Muller, B. R., Molento, C. F. M.

    Regarding broilers, Brazil is the third largest producer and the leading chicken meat exporter in the world. Independent certifications are required by some importers in the European Union (EU) to guarantee compliance with minimum welfare requirements. Our objective was to compare broiler chicken...

  7. Implementing Welfare Quality in UK assurance schemes: evaluating the challenges

    Contributor(s):: Heath, C. A. E., Lin, Y., Mullan, S., Browne, W. J., Main, D. C. J.

    This paper presents an account of a Welfare Quality assessment of 92 dairy farms carried out by seven experienced assessors. The aim was to evaluate the potential of the Welfare Quality assessment protocol with respect to its uptake by UK farm assurance schemes. Data collection, and measure...

  8. Economic, education, encouragement and enforcement influences within farm assurance schemes

    Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J., Mullan, S.

  9. Equivalency between EU and non-EU countries regarding animal welfare at slaughter

    Contributor(s):: Cassidy, T.

  10. Non-economic incentives to improve animal welfare: positive competition as a driver for change among owners of draught and pack animals in India

    Contributor(s):: Pritchard, J. C., Dijk, L. van, Ali, M., Pradhan, S. K.

  11. Veterinary certificates for emergency or casualty slaughter bovine animals in the Republic of Ireland: are the welfare needs of certified animals adequately protected?

    Contributor(s):: Cullinane, M., O'Sullivan, E., Collins, G., Collins, D. M., More, S. J.

  12. Welfare outcomes assessment in laying hen farm assurance schemes

    Contributor(s):: Main, D. C. J., Mullan, S., Atkinson, C., Bond, A., Cooper, M., Fraser, A., Browne, W. J.

  13. 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,...

  14. 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,...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...