Every year since 2002, veterinary students from colleges near and far have gathered for a competition that challenges their animal welfare assessment skills while also providing top-flight welfare education from some of the world’s most respected experts. This year, for the first time ever, a limited number of AVMA member veterinarians also will have the opportunity to take part in the Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest.
With travel costs paid by a grant from the AVMA (up to $1,000 for each member participant), participating members will have a chance to expand your understanding and practical knowledge of animal welfare and witness the caliber of the educational program presented each year to veterinary students.
The contest, proudly supported by the AVMA, teaches participants to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Participants are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound arguments to justify their evaluations.
“It may look one way at first, but when you evaluate all of the factors involved in the animals’ welfare in each situation, it can be surprising,” said one student who participated last year. ”You may find that your first gut instincts were wrong.”
We’ve set aside five seats at this year’s competition for AVMA members to participate. If you’re interested in being one of those five members, please complete the member application form. Applications are due October 1, and we’ll notify you by October 15 if you’re selected.
Interested in getting a taste of the competition? Take our llama welfare assessment quiz, which is based on one of last year’s scenarios.