Our project will blend animal welfare research and education in a unique way. Every area of research feeds into both further research and education materials. The education work package will provide training and resources for the research work packages. AWIN is truly a collaborative and sharing environment.
Work package 1
The overall objective is to develop animal welfare assessment protocols, including pain assessment protocols, for sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and turkeys by:
Developing an early-warning system of welfare problems
Developing a prototype welfare assessment protocol for each of the following species: sheep, goats, horses, donkeys and turkeys
Assessing the practical on-farm feasibility of the welfare assessment protocols
Presenting welfare assessment protocols to stakeholders
Our overall aim is to create a global hub for research and education in animal welfare that will integrate past, present and future research and teaching materials by:
Developing a website and a database with the goal of integrating animal welfare information from different institutions that is useful and easy to access by students, professionals and others end-users.
Providing information for specialised teaching programmes on animal welfare including material on the welfare consequences of disease and pain assessment in farm and domestic animals.
Developing a collection of "learning objects" available to interested parties including professionals in the animal industry.
Offering an outstanding research training environment for post graduate teaching in animal welfare in each of the different institutions taking part in this consortium.