New survey highlights priority animal welfare issues in UK

Results of a recent study will help prioritise animal welfare issues in the UK using expert consensus.
calendar icon 13 May 2019
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Implications for vets

For many animal owners and caretakers, veterinarians are the main contact for animal welfare advice. One of the major cross-species welfare issues that came out of this study was “lack of knowledge”, often around understanding animal needs and animal behaviour. The amount of animal behaviour in the veterinary curriculum varies but if this has been insufficient, may indicate an area where some vets and other veterinary professionals require further training. Improved ways to communicate animal behaviour and welfare knowledge to animal owners, particularly pre-purchase, may also improve animal welfare.

Fiona Rioja-Lang

Fiona Rioja-Lang, BSc, MSc, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and specialises in ethology and farm animal welfare. Most recently, Fiona has completed a Delphi study, prioritising animal welfare issues in the UK.

Cathy Dwyer

Cathy Dwyer, BSc, PhD, is Head of the Animal Behaviour and Welfare team of Scotland’s Rural College within the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department, and is Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.

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