Animal welfare education

Knight A. Keeping up with the field on animal welfare. Vet Practice [UK] 2015; 47(6): 40.
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Describes the 2015 American College of Animal Welfare symposium,

Knight A. Academic centres for animal welfare. Aust Animal Projection Law J 2015; 10: 46-47.
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Discusses the growth of academic centres for animal welfare internationally. It mentions the creation of our new Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester.

Knight A. Pathways to specialising in animal welfare. Veterinary Record 2014; 175(18): 449-451.
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Describes post-graduate qualifications and routes to specialisation in animal welfare for veterinarians in the US, Europe and Australia and New Zealand. In particular, it describes how suitably experienced veterinarians can (for a limited time) seek accreditation through the new American and European speciality colleges covering this field, without undertaking a formal programme of study (such as a residency).

De Boo J and Knight A. Educating the veterinary professional about animal welfare. Altern Anim Experimentation 2006 23(Spl. issue: Proc. 5th World Congress 2005): 71-74.
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Jasmijn de Boo was the Education Programs Manager for the World Soc for the Protection of Animals, who developed this syllabus in collaboration with Bristol University.

For many years, animal welfare organisations have taken the lead in bringing about improvements in animal welfare, as well as helping to change attitudes towards animals. Unfortunately, the veterinary profession has often lagged behind in its support for reform. It is vital therefore that veterinary training includes a good grounding in animal welfare education. In 2003, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the University of Bristol launched the ‘Concepts in Animal Welfare Syllabus’ to assist with the teaching of animal welfare in veterinary faculties. The syllabus stimulates focused critical thinking on animal welfare issues.