Dairy Care Program

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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:

As part of the The Saputo Dairy Care Program, Associated Faculty from the Campbell Centre have created a brand new Phase IV rotation for DVM students in their final year of study.

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.
With financial support from Saputo Inc., space has been set-aside for DVM students from other veterinary colleges in Canada to participate in this rotation. Some funding is available to help defer the cost of their attendance.
We ask you to please circulate this announcement widely to your colleagues and DVM students. Space is limited depending on the collective interest across our veterinary colleges. It is up to individual colleges to rank their students for attendance at the rotation if there is more interest than available space.
The rotation will provide experiences, practice & structured learning opportunities in the context of dairy cattle welfare. It aims, in particular, to provide hands-on experience in practical welfare assessment and communication.

Students will:
1. Recall existing dairy welfare standards based on the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle, and recognize contraventions.
2. Carry out practical dairy cattle welfare assessments.
3. Practice communicating with clients and colleagues about animal welfare.

For more information please contact Rotation co-Coordinators Dr. Derek Haley (dhaley@uoguelph.ca) and/or Dr. Todd Duffield (tduffiel@uoguelph.ca).

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