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NOVA PhD Course "Animal Welfare - from Fork to Farm" - Open for Applications

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    Janne Karin Brodin, NMBU

The course will take place on 21-24 Nov. 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. Application deadline: 15 September 2016.

The course is of 3 ECTS* and is organised by Professor Anna Valros, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

NOVA course information webpage
University of Helsinki course webpage
Apply here

Course Description
The course considers animal welfare from an interdisciplinary view-point: how consumer perceptions can influence animal welfare assessment. We will learn how animal welfare can be used in voluntary industry-driven animal welfare schemes and as a part of product branding. Animal welfare, animal health and food safety are associated and this has implications for practical implementations of strategies to improve animal welfare.

The course considers different methods of animal welfare (AW) assessment on farm, how this is, or should be, reflecting consumer perceptions, how AW can be used in voluntary AW schemes and branding, and how AW is related to animal health and food safety.

Programme Outline

  • Day 1: Branding AW: assessment and assurance schemes & consumer acceptability
    • Cassandra Tucker: Corporate voluntary animal welfare schemes – the USA perspective
    • Mara Miele: Consumer perceptions
    • Participant presentations and group discussion on AW systems and branding and using AW in voluntary systems vs as bases for legislation.
  • Day 2: Different AW assessment systems: Background and practical implications
    • Harry Blokhuis: Welfare quality
    • Inger Lise Andersen: AWIN protocols
    • Björn Forkman: Danish national AW assessment project
    • participant presentations and group discussion
  • Day 3: AW, health and food safety
    • Päivi Rajala-Schultz: Interaction between animal welfare, housing conditions and animal health (cattle) and Mari Heinonen: (pigs)
    • Annamari Heikinheimo: Animal welfare and food safety
    • participant presentations
    • group discussion on interactions between animal welfare, animal health and food safety
  • Day 4: WQ seminar all day
    • course participants will take part in the Welfare quality network seminar, where different animal welfare assessment-related projects are presented

Main teachers:

  • Harry Blokhuis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Professor Björn Forkman, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Professor Inger Lise Andersen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Professor Mari Heinonen,  HU-V
  • Professor Päivi Rajala-Scultz, HU-V
  • University Lecturer Annamari Heikinheimo, HU-V
  • Associate Professor Cassandra Tucker, UC Davis, USA
  • Professor Mara Miele, Cardiff University, UK

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

* NB! The course will give 2 ECTS for the Basic part, and an additional 1 ECTS for students presenting giving a presentation during the course.

Published 16. June 2016 - 11:30 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:13