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BackAbout the AWSBC
- Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre
- About the AWSBC
- Promoting Responsible Animal-Based Science
- OIE Collaborating Centre
- Current Activities and Research Programmes/Projects
- Postgraduate Programme
- Postgraduate Students
- Other Education, Training and Extension
THE MASSEY UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR PRACTICAL, SCIENCE-BASED AND ETHICAL ADVICE, EDUCATION AND SOLUTIONS TO ANIMAL WELFARE PROBLEMS AND FOR BIOETHICAL ANALYSIS AND EDUCATION.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Craig Johnson
Professor Kevin Stafford
Professor David Mellor
Dr. Ngaio Beausoleil
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Last updated on Wednesday 14 September 2016