Office: ANNU 228
The University of Guelph has always attracted researchers with active interests in animal welfare and related ethical issues. CCSAW gathers that expertise together with Associated Faculty drawn from the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Although the work of CCSAW Associated Faculty is not necessarily focused exclusively on animal behaviour and welfare, they provide a broad base of expertise ranging from Veterinary Medicine to Philosophy and everything in between, and are known for work that encompasses multiple areas of interest, such as:
Care and use of animals used in teaching and research. The University's reputation for providing exemplary animal care is due to the combined efforts of many individuals who serve on the Animal Care Committee, develop techniques to improve or replace the use of animals, explore the relationships between experimenter and animal subject and examine the ethics of animal use.
Farm Animal Welfare. The University is an international leader in research and teaching on the welfare of agricultural animals. Our Faculty was integral in the initial and recently updated drafting of the Canadian Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Farm Animals, and offered the first formal undergraduate degree course in Farm Animal Care and Welfare in the world. Some key research areas are exploring methods for assessing welfare, exploring the ethical implications arising from human-animal relationships, investigating relationships between management and animal welfare (e.g. housing systems, elective surgeries, handling, transport etc.).
Companion Animals. Many humans benefit psychologically and emotionally from animals used for companionship and sport. Faculty committed to promoting the well-being of these animals have concentrated on improving behavioural management and health care, finding effective relief of pain for injured or post-operative companion animals, and exploring human-animal bond.
Fish and Wildlife. Human behaviour and technology often affect the welfare of wild animals. Faculty explore humane issues in hunting, trapping and fishing, work to improve the health and well-being of wild populations and examine the welfare implications of keeping exotic species in captivity.
Animal Ethics. The use of non-human animals raises numerous ethical questions. Faculty consider the welfare consequences of transgenics and biotechnology, standards for the treatment of animals used for food and research and human-animal relationships both at individual and global levels.
Office: Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics Room 314
Office: Animal Science and Nutrition Building, Room 226
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77424
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