The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

Current projects in UK and Europe

The Jeanne Marchig Centre is working closely with colleagues to ensure they are achieving the gold standard of animal welfare and ethics training within the Vet School curriculum.

June 2012 - Improving animal welfare: a practical approach

Heather Bacon, attended a conference and workshop for veterinary practitioners in Romania last week.

The welcome was from The President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the President College of Romanian Veterinarians - highlighting that the aim of the conference was to remind delegates of the importance of animal welfare in Romania and the role that veterinarians can play to educate others.

Delegates were then encouraged to assess animal welfare issues and challenges relating to nine different areas, ranging from companion animals to poultry to wild animals held in captivity - and each group were requested to provide a five minute presentation of their suggested solution, incorporating current Legislation and Animal Welfare Assessment tools.

May 2012 - BVM&S Student's create the Animal Ethics Forum

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education was delighted to support the first debate organised by the student-led Veterinary Ethics Forum. After an introduction to the issues surrounding selective breeding for specific aesthetic, behavioural or functional traits by Heather Bacon of the JMICAWE, the group of 30-40 veterinary students debated the topic of "At what point does breeding animals for traits become unacceptable?” facilitated by Dr Andrew Gardiner.

Olivia Nathan, the student chair said of the event:

“In the initial debate, breed standards were hauled over the coals and health and welfare were unanimously decided to be at least somewhat compromised in exchange for other traits by many breeders of both companion and livestock species! But how much is too much? We had some great discussion, with people comparing and contrasting dog breeding with farming, questioning the rights of a regulatory body to impose restrictions on an entire group of dogs, discussing what vets could do to have a direct impact and trying to figure out where to draw the line.”

Both staff and students are looking forward to the next meeting and future discussions.

April 2012 - Teaching undergraduates animal welfare

In line with our objectives, there has been an enhanced delivery of information on animal welfare and ethics to the R(D)SVS undergraduates. Invited speakers from the US and Europe have continued to deliver interesting and at times controversial talks to different year groups. We have revamped our first year lectures (part of AHWFS course) to provide a series of welfare scenarios to compliment the existing curriculum. In May 2012 we are very much looking forward to joining the CLIC fourth year course, providing further welfare and ethics information to students. This summer we also have 2 BVM&S students who are completing their SSC2 project with an animal welfare perspective.

March 2012 - New online MVetSci Conservation Medicine

This online programme is specifically tailored for veterinary graduates seeking training in conservation medicine.

Courses include an introduction to Conservation Medicine, Wild Life Disease Management and Wild Animal Welfare.

MVetSci Conservation Medicine

January 2012 - Development of a new online distance learning MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law.

This new online MSc is the first and only online programme in International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law. It focuses on the international use of animal welfare science and the associated ethics, policy and law.

November 2011 - Further development of MSc One Health

Our students from the masters in One Health have been provided with the chance to learn about and discuss the ethical and welfare issues involved in the use of animals in research.

MSc One Health

October 2011 - Improving animal welfare: a practical approach

The European Commission, Health and Consumers Directorate General, together with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe is pleased to be hosting a variety of workshops throughout Europe based on animal welfare tailor-made for veterinary practitioners

Heather Bacon from the JMICAWE gave a presentation on the 'assessment of welfare of wild animals in captivity' as part of the Animal Welfare Workshops, Budapest Veterinary School, 26-27 September 2011. Her presentation is attached below.

May 2011 - Sentience Survey of vet students at the R(D)SVS

The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education is working to monitor the attitudes of veterinary students to the concept of animal sentience. By assessing attitudes in student cohorts as they pass through each year of the veterinary course, we will track changes in attitudes to the concept of sentience and investigate correlations to educational content, age, gender or background.