A proactive blueprint to demonstrate on-farm animal welfare

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Colpoys, Jessica
Garcia, Arlene
Jass, Cassandra
Millman, Suzanne
Pairis-Garcia, Monique
Rademacher, Christopher
Weimer, Shawna
Azarpajouh, Samaneh
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Johnson, Anna
Professor Animal Behavior and Welfare
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Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science originally concerned itself with teaching the selection, breeding, feeding and care of livestock. Today it continues this study of the symbiotic relationship between animals and humans, with practical focuses on agribusiness, science, and animal management.

The Department of Animal Husbandry was established in 1898. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Animal Science in 1962. The Department of Poultry Science was merged into the department in 1971.

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Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
The mission of VDPAM is to educate current and future food animal veterinarians, population medicine scientists and stakeholders by increasing our understanding of issues that impact the health, productivity and well-being of food and fiber producing animals; developing innovative solutions for animal health and food safety; and providing the highest quality, most comprehensive clinical practice and diagnostic services. Our department is made up of highly trained specialists who span a wide range of veterinary disciplines and species interests. We have faculty of all ranks with expertise in diagnostics, medicine, surgery, pathology, microbiology, epidemiology, public health, and production medicine. Most have earned certification from specialty boards. Dozens of additional scientists and laboratory technicians support the research and service components of our department.
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Farm animal welfare has become an increasing area of consumer and customer interest globally and this has resulted in dramatic changes related to on-farm accountability. Some markets are demanding an-on farm, transparent and accountable animal welfare program. Knowing what key elements are required is critical. Key elements range from (a) caretaker qualities; (b) record keeping and standard operating procedures (SOP) (c) animal- and resource based measures (d) communication and (e) caretaker empowerment. The ultimate on-farm welfare program goal is to provide the highest animal care. This review paper will provide context to these key elements that in turn can be used to create or improve an-farm animal welfare program.


This is a manuscript of an article published as Johnson, A. K., J. D. Colpoys, A. Garcia, C. Jass, S. T. Millman, M. D. Pairis-Garcia, C. J. Rademacher, S. L. Weimer, and S. Azarpajouh. 2019. "A proactive blueprint to demonstrate on-farm animal welfare." CAB Reviews 14, no. 037, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1079/PAVSNNR201914037. CAB International, Wallingford, UK. Posted with permission.

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