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  • Animal welfare gets a boost from SA partnership

    Animal welfare gets a boost from SA partnership

    Animal welfare policy has had a big boost to its evidence base, with two South Australian research partners joining the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC) to make the Centre one of the world’s largest animal welfare focused research groups.

    The Centre’s expertise in sustainable livestock production has been enhanced with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and the University of Adelaide joining existing AWSC partners the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, the University of Melbourne and Ohio State University.

    The AWSC is one of the world's major players when it comes to animal welfare science and aims to improve standards across government, industry, community and academic sectors.

    The collaboration is set to add new depth to the AWSC's scientific resources and research infrastructure, particularly in the key areas of animal behaviour and stress physiology.

    The Centre’s partner organisations will build on existing strong collaborations to deliver high quality, relevant research outcomes across the livestock, companion animal and zoo animal sectors.

    AWSC Co-Director and University of Melbourne researcher Professor Paul Hemsworth said the South Australian partners were a "great fit" for the organisation.

    “The South Australian partners bring key scientific expertise together to greatly enhance the centre’s research capability across all sectors,” Professor Hemsworth said.

    Dr Greg Harper, Executive Director of Agriculture Research and Development at DEDJTR, and current chairman of the AWSC, noted that awareness of animal welfare is growing in society, “so the need for broad research and education capabilities is also growing.”

    “Rigorous research like that provided by the AWSC is vital if we’re to ensure animal welfare policies don’t just make us feel better about animal treatment, but genuinely benefit the animals we live and work with,” Dr Harper added.

    “Expanding the Animal Welfare Science Centre to bring in key research from South Australia means the public and industry will now get world-class evidence-based advice on animal welfare issues.”

    The Victoria-based partners will continue to research the effects of housing and husbandry on animal welfare, identify tools and benchmarks for welfare monitoring and build a better understanding of how community attitudes and behaviours affect animal welfare through changes in legislation, codes of practice and animal management.

    The South Australian partnership means access to their extensive facilities at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus, which allow for intensive physiological, behavioural and large-scale on-farm research.


    Photo courtesy Ag-Communicators


    Prof. Gavin Begg (Research Chief, SARDI Aquatic Sciences)

    Prof Frank Dunshea (Associate Dean - Research, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne)

    Dr Gregory Harper (Executive Director  Agriculture Research and Development, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources) 

    Professor Phil Hynd (Deputy Head, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide)

  • AWSC - 2 Independent Directors - Expressions of interest sought

    AWSC - 2 Independent Directors - Expressions of interest sought

    The Board of Management of the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC) oversees the operation and management of the Centre and determines the Centre’s strategic direction.
    The current Board of Management has determined to appoint two skills-based, independent, non-executive Directors to the Board. It is envisaged that one of the newly-appointed Directors will be eligible to stand for the Chairmanship of the AWSC Board of Management.
    Applicants for these two positions must have demonstrated experience or skills in one or more of the following areas:
    a) Communicating with the media
    b) Committee leadership and governance
    c) External engagement and funding in the research, development and extension sector
    d) Operational and / or strategic planning
    e) Public policy
    It would also be of advantage to the Centre if the new Directors brought an effective network in the animal welfare field, and a passion for improvement of the welfare of animals more generally.
    Expressions of interest close at COB Friday 29th July 2016.
    For full details, please click HERE


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