Teaching animal welfare science, ethics, and law to veterinary students in the United kingdom

David C J Main, P Thornton, K Kerr

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Abstract

Teaching veterinary students about animal welfare science, ethics, and law has been identified as a priority of the veterinary curriculum. Suggested content for such a course, the stage at which it should be taught, and possible methods of teaching and assessing the subject have been outlined. Critically, such a course needs to address the quantification of the impact of humans on animals (welfare science), the analysis of our moral obligations (welfare ethics), and knowledge of minimum welfare standards (welfare legislation). A mixture of both teaching methods and assessment techniques is needed to ensure that sufficient skills and knowledge and a deeper understanding are achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Volume32
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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