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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.

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