Key attributes

THE MASSEY UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR PRACTICAL, SCIENCE-BASED AND ETHICAL ADVICE, EDUCATION AND SOLUTIONS TO ANIMAL WELFARE PROBLEMS AND FOR BIOETHICAL ANALYSIS AND EDUCATION.


Key competencies

We have comprehensive and appropriate expertise.

• Animal welfare science.
• Animal husbandry, livestock systems, veterinary and wildlife sciences.
• Applied animal behaviour science.
• Alternatives – computerised and other substitutes for animal use in teaching.
• Animal welfare ethics, bioethics, applied and professional ethics.

Strengths

Our major strengths guarantee authoritative and professional outcomes.

• Internationally recognised experts and linkages
• Purpose-directed multi-disciplinary team
• Major role in New Zealand’s comprehensive animal welfare infrastructure
• Generic skills applied widely across species and systems
• Broadly-based and practical assessments of welfare issues
• Veterinary expertise used in welfare assessments
• Wildlife welfare and management expertise
• Access to farms and clients of Massey University’s veterinary practice
• Science and ethics linked in the animal welfare arena
• Ethics of animal use in research, teaching and testing
• Ethical appraisal of new biotechnologies
• Animal welfare codes, regulations and laws.

Activities

Major current activities

• Developing practical solutions to welfare problems
• Evaluating husbandry practices and systems
• Developing efficient and acceptable methods of pest control
• Preparing livestock industry and other animal welfare codes
• Developing and validating the humane assessment of pain
• Devising and validating parameters for animal welfare assessment
• Developing fresh frameworks for animal welfare science thinking
• Exploring the welfare impacts of neurological development in mammalian and avian young
• Preparing reports and analyses for clients
• Teaching animal welfare sciences, applied animal behaviour science and ethics
• Promoting “Three Rs” development and application in research, teaching and testing
• Analysing ethical dimensions of welfare problems and technological developments.

Anticipated future trends

• Rising international concern for production animal welfare
• Rising market demands for livestock welfare certification
• Rising international concern for wildlife welfare
• Rising interest in fish welfare
• Animal-human interactions that improve welfare increasingly emphasised
• Animal cognition increasingly emphasised in welfare thinking
• Ethical concern about medical application of animal-derived biotechnology
• Rising public interest in the ethics of all human-animal interactions.

Contacts:

Professor Craig Johnson
C.B.Johnson@massey.ac.nz
Professor Kevin Stafford
K.J.Stafford@massey.ac.nz
Professor David Mellor
D.J.Mellor@massey.ac.nz
Dr. Ngaio Beausoleil
N.J.Beausoleil@massey.ac.nz
Neil Ward
R.N.Ward@massey.ac.nz

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