Dairy Care Program
The Campbell Centre and Saputo Inc. have partnered to create a new animal welfare program at the University of Guelph. The Saputo Dairy Care Program was made possible by a $500,000 gift from Saputo Inc. and resulted in the creation of a new staff position, the Saputo Dairy Care Manager.
Together with CCSAW Associated Faculty the program will be delivered through the Ontario Veterinary College and will focus on providing practical dairy welfare education to practicing dairy veterinarians, and dairy producers, and it will also include a dedicated Dairy Welfare rotation for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students in the final year of study.
“This new program fits nicely with our mission to promote the welfare of animals through research, outreach and education” says Tina Widowski, Professor of Animal and Poultry Science and Director, Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. “It will compliment and help expand current animal health and well-being learning opportunities offered at the University of Guelph.”
The investment is a part of the company’s launch of a new Animal Welfare Policy. Investments have also been made into two dairy welfare initiatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
New DVM Rotation at the Ontario Veterinary College:
DAIRY CATTLE WELFARE
Dairy Cattle Welfare will be a week-long rotation at the Ontario Veterinary College, offered twice during the academic year - once in each of the Fall and Winter semesters.
For the 2016-17 academic year the rotation will take place during weeks F13 (November 28, 2016 to December 4, 2016) and W24 (February 13, 2017 to February 19, 2017). This elective experience is aimed at final year veterinary students intending to go into dairy practice.
2. Carry out practical dairy cattle welfare assessments.
3. Practice communicating with clients and colleagues about animal welfare.