Assessing Animal Welfare in Practice (ANSC*6710)
Code and section: ANSC*6710*01
This graduate level course explores the underlying concepts and steps in developing animal care auditing/assessment schemes for industry and regulatory bodies. Lectures include an overview of assessment tools, and how the goals of the assessment (i.e., accreditation versus self-assessment) influence its structure. The advantages and disadvantages of using engineering versus animal-based standards will also be addressed. Various forms of assessment schemes such as indices, scores and questionnaires will be compared. Students will explore the validity, repeatability, feasibility of different measures in the field and will utilize knowledge of animal welfare assessment in the development of novel assessment schemes.