Vets and animal welfare experts from around the world are gathering in Suzhou tomorrow for a three day conference to discuss the importance of animal welfare in the role of veterinarians in China. The Chinese Veterinary Medical Association’s 3rd China Veterinary Conference features speakers from China, the UK, and Thailand.
The conference has been organised by the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in partnership with organisations including Animals Asia and The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE).
The conference comes at a time when increasing globalisation, the development of industrialised farming, and a burgeoning pet industry sees China’s veterinary profession coming under increasing pressure to meet international expectations on animal welfare standards.
The conference will cover animal welfare issues relating to a range of industries and species including companion animals, livestock, laboratory and wildlife species. Topics include humane education, meeting the OIE minimum competencies in animal welfare, humane slaughter, animal welfare of livestock, animal welfare in scientific
research, and improving welfare in veterinary clinics. The conference is supported by Animals Asia, the Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HKSPCA), and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
In advance of the conference, a week of collaborative clinical skills and welfare teaching was delivered to undergraduate veterinary students at Nanjing Agricultural University. The training presented key animal welfare and clinical skills teaching utilising cutting-edge humane education techniques. This programme was delivered by Heather Bacon and Hayley Walters from the JMICAWE and Yan Qing and Pei Xin of Animals Asia.
Professor Natalie Waran of the JMICAWE commented:
“These activities are representative of the increasing importance of animal welfare education in international veterinary training. The links between animal welfare and animal health are well recognised, and the ethical responsibility of the veterinary profession to act as ambassadors for animal welfare is increasingly important in today’s society.”
For more information, please visit the following websites:
Animals Asia http://www.animalsasia.org
Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/vet/jeanne-marchig-centre
Chinese Veterinary Medical Association http://www.cvma.org.cn/