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November 2008: WSPA and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have begun to launch Chinese versions of their animal welfare teaching resources at a series of workshops for university lecturers.
This is the first time lecturers in China have had the opportunity to look at animal welfare in a workshop setting.
The first took place in Beijing on 7–9 November 2008, supported by the city’s Veterinary Health Service.
WSPA’s revised and expanded international syllabus is designed to assist the teaching of animal welfare in veterinary and animal science faculties. The revised version is now available in Mandarin.
Consisting of 34 interactive modules on CD-ROM, the materials encourage the inclusion of specific topics within established syllabuses. The topics covered are diverse, affecting farm and working animals, wildlife, companion animals and those used in experimentation.
Background to the resource
First rolled out in 2003, the Concepts in Animal Welfare syllabus was the result of a long-standing collaboration with the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the world’s first academic institutions to pioneer animal welfare teaching and research.
The CD ROM, supported by workshops, has been used in over 450 faculties worldwide; almost 100 of these are in Asia.
The syllabus has received endorsement from many professional bodies including the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Veterinary Association, Commonwealth Veterinary Association, World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations.
John Webster, Emeritus Professor of Animal Husbandry at the Bristol Veterinary School, described the need for Concepts in Animal Welfare: “A programme of study in animal welfare, involving formal teaching, practical experience and supervised self-education, is as essential to the veterinary curriculum as a programme in pathology or surgery.”
A Chinese version of this resource pack’s PowerPoint presentation was launched this week. Other elements of the pig production materials – a film and online book – were already available in Mandarin.
The PowerPoint is presented as eight modules, containing 149 slides that include a large number of pictures and video clips. The book contains 25 case studies of good animal welfare practice from across the world.
This package, designed to assist with the teaching of pig welfare in animal science and veterinary faculties, is available from Compassion in World Farming.
Background to the resource
Both the film and book have been widely praised for their detailed content and easily accessible style.
Professor Roger Ewbank, former director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, reviewed the book: “This most interesting, well-informed and well-written volume covers, in some detail, the scientific and technical background to pig welfare … it deserves to be widely read, thought about and acted on.”