Just what is good for the goose or gander?

Oct 06, 2005

Michigan State University in East Lansing has become one of only a few schools offering training in animal welfare assessment.

Although a tiger in the Berlin Zoo and a dairy cow in Wisconsin don't have much in common, each animal has specific welfare needs that must be addressed. But animal welfare experts say assessing those needs is not a simple task.

Such assessments bring qualitative measurements to an area long left to the subjective, and even the emotional, Associate Professor of Animal Science Adroaldo Zanella said.

Zanella developed the idea for the online graduate-level course to prepare students to assess scientifically animal welfare in real-life situations.

"In the past, animal welfare was viewed as a very subjective type of discipline," Zanella said. "Too often we make assumptions on what is good for animals by looking at things from a human perspective and this is a mistake."

The course offers students the opportunity to learn from the world's top animal scientists from the United States, Great Britain, Australia and Canada.

The course format was reviewed during the 2004 International Society for Applied Ethology Conference, held in Helsinki, Finland.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: New 'Surveyman' software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Should the EU ban on the import of seal products stand?

Apr 30, 2014

Next month, following an appeal by Canada and Norway to overturn the EU ban on the import of seal products, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is expected to announce whether the 2013 decision will be upheld. In an editorial ...

Recommended for you

Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas

13 hours ago

A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over ...

User comments : 0