AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest

Dec. 4, 2020

On November 21-22, the OSU Animal Welfare Judging Team competed at the virtual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest. This year, undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students competed placing in all divisions and taking home the most awards out of any university at 5 out of 20. The contest included participants from 32 universities and 7 different countries.

The mission of the contest is to “teach students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in the animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare." Students had the opportunity to attend numerous educational seminars, animal welfare in undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary education, as well as the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion and its impact on animal welfare. Species covered in this year’s contest included turkeys and cheetahs in captivity. To learn more about the competition click here.

Congratulations to all of our hardworking students and coaches for a great year!

Watch below as the coaches and students share their experiences of being part of the team and competing in the contest.