Program 4 - Tertiary and post-graduate education and training

Our fourth program area of education and training is supported by the outputs from research projects within our three research program areas.

University education at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels aims to raise the awareness of animal welfare science amongst students and to ensure that young scientists are trained appropriately to contribute to the exciting field of animal welfare RD&E.
Industry education and training projects are aimed at translating the results of our research into industry-ready information through industry seminars and training packages such as the ProHand suite of stockperson training packages.

ProHand® Pigs technical support

Investigators: J. Skuse and G. Coleman

Funding: Australian Pork Limited

Commencement date: 2012

Completion date: 2018

This project provided technical support to ProHand® Pigs and Abattoir training.


Development of a Horse Welfare Assessment Tool and its effect on the welfare of Victorian pleasure horses

Investigators: L. Hemsworth, and E. Jongman

Student: S. Kuyken

Funding: ANZ Trustees, Kathleen Agnes Back Trust

Commencement date: 2014

Completion date: 2018

This project will support a PhD student who will develop a Horse Welfare Assessment Tool (HWAT) for use by horse owners to assess and monitor their horses’ welfare over time. After designing, modifying and testing the various scoring systems that comprise the HWAT, and intervention study will determine its effectiveness in modifying horse care from the owner to increase horse developing an independent website, to be managed and maintained by the Victorian Horse Council (VHC), which will provide recreational horse owners with the resources required to appropriately manage their horses, in order to improve the welfare of recreational horses, and reduce the incidence of horse welfare investigations in Victoria. The website will include an interactive tool, based on a horse welfare assessment protocol which will consist of a range of welfare indices, including body condition score, lameness score, hoof score, injury score and dental score, which recreational horse owners will use to measure the health and welfare outcomes of their horses. The results of the assessment, inputted back into the program, will then direct horse owners to the areas of the website with information relevant to their outcomes.


Delivery of “Animals in Society”, “Animal Welfare & Ethics” and Applied Animal Behaviour” as undergraduate subjects and “Animal Welfare” and “Behaviour of Farm and Companion Animals” post-graduate subjects at the University of Melbourne

P. Hemsworth, R. Doyle, B. Stevens, A. Fisher, L Hemsworth

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