AWJAC

The Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest is a fun, educational event designed to enhance awareness & understanding of welfare concerns affecting animals used for human purposes, such as agriculture, biomedical research & companionship

In 2001 faculty members from Michigan State University (MSU) and Purdue University presented the idea of promoting animal welfare science to university students by coupling it with the more traditional concept of livestock judging to the International Society for Applied Ethology. In 2002 MSU hosted the first Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) for four teams representing four universities (MSU, University of Guelph, University of Wisconsin, and Purdue University). In 2012, schools from across North American brought a total of 17 teams, 73 participants to compete. Originally the contest was for undergraduate students only, but it now consists of three divisions: undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students. (The veterinary division was initiated in 2008 with the assistance of the American Veterinary Medical Association.). Initially the AWJAC focused on livestock species; now it covers production, companion, laboratory and exotic animals. The AWJAC relies on hypothetical, realistic computer-viewed scenarios containing performance, health, physiologic and behavioral data. These are evaluated by students individually to determine which facility has a higher level of welfare. Each student then presents their rationale orally to judges with expertise in animal welfare science and specific knowledge of the species they are judging. Students also participate in a team assessment exercise, typically conducted at an operating animal facility. Teams of three to five students give presentations to a panel of judges; this might consist of their recommendations for welfare-related changes at the facility. Students are surveyed at the end of each contest to obtain their perceptions of the AWJAC. Over 95% of participants believe the AWJAC is a valuable exercise, feel they have increased their knowledge about animal welfare science, and would recommend the AWJAC to peers (n=429). In response to student feedback, the format of the contest was revised in 2006, and an invited speaker program was added. This educational component has been extremely well received. While the assessment of various aspects of animal welfare can be objective and quantifiable, judgment decisions of where on the welfare continuum is considered acceptable, preferred or unacceptable often comes down to ethics-based choices. The AWJAC teaches students to integrate science-based knowledge with ethical values for an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving.

Mission: The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening student vocabulary and reasoning skills. The AWJAC teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in the animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare.

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At previous AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contests, our event has culminated with the award-ceremony where we present awards to the winners and provide them an opportunity to have their picture taken with their new award. Since this year's event was virtual and awards were mailed to the winners, we asked them to send us a pic with their award.

Meet the first place award winner in the undergraduate senior division, Liz Patton from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities! Congrats, Liz!!

Meet the award-winners from the 20th annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest! Our event concluded yesterday evening with our awards ceremony - that was unlike we've ever had.

Once again, a big congrats to the award-winners and an even bigger THANK YOU to all the participants, coaches, volunteers, AWJAC coordinating committee and judges for taking part in this unique educational experience as well as our presenting partner Merck Animal Health and signature partner Charles River Labs for their generous support of #AWJAC2020!

After an action-packed two days at the 20th annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest, the event concluded with the traditional award ceremony. While it may look a little different than our live event, we want to send out a big congratulations to all the award-winners! We also want to send out a thank you to all the participants, coaches, volunteers, AWJAC coordinating committee and judges for taking part in this unique educational experience.

Another extra big thank you to our presenting partner Merck Animal Health and signature partner Charles River Labs for their generous support of the 20th annual AWJAC! We're already looking forward to next year's event!

Here are just a few of the highlights from Day 1 of the 20th annual Animal Welfare Assessment Contest - where we've gone virtual for the first time in the contest's history! We're looking forward to another memorable day tomorrow!

Thank you to all the coaches, participants, volunteers, AWJAC coordinating committee and judges taking part in this unique educational experience as well as our presenting partner Merck Animal Health and signature partner Charles River Labs for their generous support.

The 20th annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest® is underway virtually at NC State University! Thank you to all the coaches, participants, volunteers, AWJAC coordinating committee and judges taking part in this unique educational experience as well as our presenting partner Merck Animal Health and signature partner Charles River Labs for their generous support.

Day 1 was filled with highlights and here are just a few! We're already looking forward to more excitement in day 2. 🦃🐆

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The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph runs a week-long Dairy Cattle Welfare Rotation for final-year veterinary students. It is open to students from other veterinary colleges and due to COVID-19, next semester the rotation will be offered virtually. For more information email [email protected]. Please Share this post with others who may be interested.

A video showing more about the Dairy Cattle Welfare Rotation can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5TwxUv-hdE&t=80s

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American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Registration is now open for the 20th annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest! This year's event will be virtual and take place on November 21-22. Veterinary, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible to compete, and a select number of AVMA Member veterinarians can attend as non-competitors.

Find more information here: https://bit.ly/2Ym1hX9

AWJAC 2018 Veterinary Awards

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AWJAC 2018 Graduate Awards

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AWJAC 2018 Undergraduate Awards

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AWJAC 2018 Candid Photos

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AWJAC 2018 Networking Reception

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AWJAC 2018 Live Scenario

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AWJAC 2018 Speaker Presentations

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[12/21/18]   Happy Holidays from AWJAC! After the New Year we will be posting more photos from #AWJAC2018

Thank you for another great event! #AWJAC2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2018 Animal Welfare Assessment Contest! #AWJAC2018

A special thanks also to Merck Animal Health for their continued support.

The Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening student vocabulary and reasoning skills. The competition teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in the animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare. Learn more at awjac.org!

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AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest | Enter the Contest

We have extended the deadline for registration and travel grant funding applications to October 22! There are still a limited number of travel grants available for United States and International Veterinary Students. To register or apply for a travel grant visit our webpage https://awjac.org/enter/index.html#.W8Tx6WhKjD4

awjac.org Three divisions of the contest are offered: veterinary, undergraduate, and graduate students. Entry forms for the divisions are below and must be received by the deadline of October 15, 2018 for the November 16-18, 2018 contest

One weekend left to register for AWJAC before October 15! Register now at https://ebusiness.avma.org/Meetings/AVMAMtgMain.aspx?type=AWJAC

Don't forget—the AWJAC registration deadline is approaching on Oct. 15! Plus, there is now a travel grant opportunity for international veterinary students, thanks to contest sponsor Charles River Laboratories. Find out more at http://bit.ly/2y6DY6B.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Veterinarians: Applications for participation in the Animal Welfare Assessment Contest are due tomorrow, Sept. 28! Don't miss the opportunity to take part in this unique educational experience as a non-competitive participant. Visit http://bit.ly/2Qg1i8J to apply.

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AWJAC Coaching Tips and Team Preparation Webinar

Aug 28, 2018 6:00 PM CDT
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Learn tips and tools from the experts!
Veteran AWJAC coaches will provide insight into how to prepare your team to compete in the AWJAC.
We will follow the presentation with a Q&A session

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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AWJAC 2017 Veterinary Awards

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AWJAC 2017 Candid Photos

AWJAC 2017 Candid Photos

AWJAC 2017 Veterinary Awards

AWJAC 2017 Veterinary Awards

AWJAC 2017 Graduate Awards

AWJAC 2017 Graduate Awards

AWJAC 2017 Undergraduate Awards

AWJAC 2017 Undergraduate Awards

AWJAC 2017 Live Scenario

AWJAC 2017 Live Scenario

AWJAC 2016 Candid Pictures

AWJAC 2016 Candid Pictures

AWJAC 2016 Live Scenario

AWJAC 2016 Live Scenario

AWJAC 2016 Veterinary Awards

AWJAC 2016 Veterinary Awards

AWJAC 2016 Graduate Awards

AWJAC 2016 Graduate Awards

AWJAC 2016 Undergraduate Awards

AWJAC 2016 Undergraduate Awards

AWJAC 2015 Live Scenarios

AWJAC 2015 Live Scenarios

AWJAC 2015 Candid Pictures

AWJAC 2015 Candid Pictures

AWJAC 2015 Veterinary Awards

AWJAC 2015 Veterinary Awards

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