Thursday, 2 May 2013

Delivering Animal Welfare Education as part of the WSPA Key Driver Programme in Taiwan

The JMICAWE’s Professor Nat Waran is returning from Taipei after being invited by WSPA to attend their 'key drivers' conference. The Annual World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) meeting was sponsored by the Taiwanese Governments NGO Affairs committee, Taipei City Animal Protection Office and the Life, Welfare and Environmental Quality Association, and took place over two days at the start of May.

Professor Waran gave presentations on how to provide 'training in the scientific and practical assessment of animal welfare' and also how to 'use problem based learning for delivering animal welfare education to veterinary students in Asia'.

The conference was attended by academics from vet schools in Vietnam, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, China and South Korea.

During the conference, 15 academics working as ‘key drivers’ for animal welfare education within their vet schools were gathered to discover and discuss approaches to teaching animal welfare, new information about animal welfare science & ethics and continuing professional development (CPD) for veterinarians.

The opportunity to share best practice and experiences as well as discussing the use of innovative teaching and research tools was extremely valuable for all attendees, and will go a long way towards developing animal welfare awareness amongst the veterinary profession in Asia.

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