Whether it’s farm animals, pets, animals used in research or captive marine mammals, we’re all aware of increasing public interest in animal welfare. The role of the veterinarian in protecting animal health is well-recognized; unfortunately, the role of the veterinarian as a primary protector of animal welfare isn’t always as visible. To become more visible, veterinarians have to take an active role in the wider scientific and social discussions occurring about these issues.
Active participation requires a strong knowledge base, and animal welfare education is a critical tool in the veterinarian’s toolbox. That’s why the AVMA is leading a collaborative effort to develop a model curriculum for the study of animal welfare in veterinary medical education. We’re looking to you to help us. We’re seeking nominations and expressions of interest for membership in the AVMA Animal Welfare Curriculum Planning Group, which will create the plan to guide this process. We’re looking for six to 10 subject experts with proven track records in the delivery of animal welfare-related education.
If you’re interested in playing a key role in this exciting process, let us know. We’ll be accepting nominations through July 15.