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‘ALL veterinarians should be able to educate, inform and influence animal owners, caretakers, handlers and policymakers to protect and improve animal welfare. Welfare (and its associated research) is, therefore, seen as an important aim in veterinary education along with other key subjects such as animal health and public health.’
So says a report adopted by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) at its General Assembly held in Maribor, Slovenia on June 7 and 8. The report was drawn up by an FVE working group that had been tasked with mapping animal welfare teaching in undergraduate education and developing a core curriculum. The working group was made up of FVE representatives together with representatives from the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the EU's AWARE research initiative (Animal Welfare Research in an Enlarged Europe).
As part of its work, the group analysed the results of a survey to which 45 European veterinary faculties responded. The results suggested that welfare education, including farm animal welfare, was mainly provided at the bachelor and masters level and was generally compulsory. The main focus of the education was ethology, followed by …
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