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OIE collaborating centre for animal welfare science and bioethical analysis: The David Bayvel consortium

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) appoints expert groups to assist with its global animal health and welfare roles, and recognises them as collaborating centres

OIE collaborating centre for animal welfare science and bioethical analysis

The Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre (AWSBC) at Massey University became the OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis by resolution of the OIE General Session in May 2007. The first OIE Collaborating Centre in New Zealand and, at that time, the only one in the world fully dedicated to animal welfare, its role was to provide expert scientific, bioethical and advisory support for the OIE’s global animal welfare initiative which began in 2001.

Relevant collaborating centre expertise at Massey University

As the original OIE collaborating centre for animal welfare science and bioethical analysis the OIE accessed our unique combination of expertise as follows:

  • Demonstrated high-level competency in animal welfare, applied animal behaviour, animal husbandry, livestock systems, veterinary and wildlife sciences
  • Successful application of these sciences to managing animal health and welfare problems related to farm livestock, companion animals and wildlife species
  • Substantial expertise in vertebrate pest control research, including the assessment, development and application of acceptable control methods
  • A capacity for high-quality bioethical analysis at the science-ethics interface in the above areas
  • Recognised international contributor to the science, ethics, practicality and regulation of research, testing and teaching activities that use animals
  • Considerable success in using relevant science and good practice to develop soundly based and defensible minimum animal welfare standards in codes of practice or regulations
  • Considerable experience in mounting courses in animal welfare and related sciences and international conferences in those areas
  • Wide experience and success in facilitating discussions, working groups and committee deliberations to achieve constructive and workable animal health and welfare outcomes.

Expansion of the OIE collaborating centre for animal welfare science and bioethical analysis

A key strength of the Massey University Centre is its longstanding cooperative links with numerous other centres worldwide, among which are especially strong links with four other internationally recognised animal welfare science groups in this part of the world.

The five major groups, including the AWSBC, in New Zealand and Australia are as follows:



As the complementary strengths of the five groups combined more effectively encompass the multidimensional character of animal welfare science and bioethics than do the strengths of any one of them alone, it was recognised that a more formal linkage creating a multi-partner Collaborating Centre would further improve support for the OIE’s international animal welfare leadership role. Moreover, it would profile globally the collective expertise available in this part of the world.

A novel proposal to establish just such a multi-partner centre was developed, with full support from the AWSBC (Massey), by MAF New Zealand and DAFF Australia, and was jointly submitted to the OIE by the Chief Veterinary Officers of both countries for consideration in May 2008.

In May 2009, the OIE General Session approved the expanded multi-partner centre as the OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis.

Further information about each of the other groups is available from their web sites (see above)

Recognising David Bayvel in the name of the OIE collaborating centre

Dr. David Bayvel, based in the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (now MPI) in Wellington, made exceptional contributions to the promotion, integration, regulation, verification and coordinated management of animal welfare and its related sciences in New Zealand, Australia and, globally, via the OIE. After his death in 2015 it was the unanimous wish of all five partners in the OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis that his immense contributions be recognised in the name of the Centre. In 2016 the OIE warmly approved the addition of ‘The David Bayvel Consortium’ to name.


The “Centre Management Committee” manages the Centre. Committee members are drawn from each of the National Government Agencies and the five research groups identified. The principal point of contact is through the country Government nominee currently holding the role of Chair on the Centre Management Committee, which alternates between the Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of the Australian National Government (with New Zealand providing the Chair in 2009 and 2010, and from 2012).

New Zealand Government contact:

Manager, of Animal Welfare Standards

Ministry for Primary Industries

PO Box 2526

Wellington 6140


Email: mark.fisher@mpi.govt.nz

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