Policy is really only as good as its permeation and implementation. In other words, putting things on paper is great, but unless you get them into the field, the effect of that paper trail is limited.
The AVMA Animal Welfare Committee and Animal Welfare Division have been actively looking for ways to familiarize the profession and other stakeholders with the AVMA’s policies and recommendations on animal welfare-related issues. In that regard, we’re pleased to announce that two projects are underway…a series of educational video shorts and a quarterly e-newsletter.
The first of our educational video shorts, which was just released this week, features AVMA’s policy on dehorning of cattle. The new video, which can be viewed on AVMAtv and YouTube, demonstrates the use of local anesthetic and disbudding and helps educate farmers and the general public about how pain management (whether by choice of an appropriate technique, an appropriate age at which to perform procedures, or the use of anesthesia and analgesia) can improve animal welfare. And…if more information is desired, viewers can visit the AVMA animal welfare web pages and explore the related backgrounder.
Have a comment on our first video (or the entire concept)? We’d like to hear from you. And…stay tuned for more video shorts and for the introduction of our quarterly e-newsletter.