What's new at AWSC!
- Carbon dioxide stunning of pigs - a commentary
- AWSC Annual Report available now
- Optimise animal welfare and visitor experience - ARC Linkage Project to commence 2014
Hemsworth, Prof Paul H; Coleman, Prof Grahame J; Rassool, Dr Roger P; Fanson, Dr Kerry V; Hosey, A/Prof Geoffrey R; Butler, Mr Kym L; Magrath, Dr Michael; Melfi, Dr Victoria A; Husher, Dr Kira; Peake, Dr David J
Industry Partners: - Zoos Victoria, Taronga Conservation Society, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Detect Australia
Extensive research on human-animal relationships in agricultural and domestic settings shows that human-animal interaction affects animal behaviour and welfare, which in turn affect human attitudes to animals. As conservation and welfare organisations, zoos aim to provide visitors with opportunities to closely interact with animals to improve visitor experience and conservation outcomes, whilst maintaining good animal welfare. Some visitor interactions may be stressful for some animals creating conflict between animal welfare and visitor experience. By determining visitor effects, this project aims to provide zoos with practical animal management and educational strategies to optimise both animal welfare and visitor experience.
The Animal Welfare Science Centre is a research centre of the University of Melbourne and was established in 1997 by the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Department of Primary Industries (Victoria) as a collaborative Centre for research, teaching and training in animal welfare.
The Centre has three current partners –
Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria. (DEPI Vic), Future Farming Systems Research Division.
The University of Melbourne, (UOM), Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
The Ohio State University, (OSU), Department of Animal Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Centre has considerable research and teaching capacity in animal welfare science and has made a number of important national and international contributions to research, teaching and training.
Negotiations with the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the University of Adelaide will result in their admission to the Centre as full partners in the latter half of 2014. The SA ‘arm’ of the Centre will bring key scientific expertise together with research infrastructure. which will greatly strengthen the Centre’s research capability across all sectors but especially in the intensive industries.