Thursday, 25 February 2016

Inês Ajuda from Compassion in World Farming discusses "A Vet's Role in an Animal Welfare NGO"

Last week, we were delighted to welcome Inês Ajuda to speak to our final year vet students.

She graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Technical University of Lisbon with a BSc/MSc in Veterinary Medicine in 2011. During her undergraduate study, she participated on a study of housing on a dairy farm, comparing the comfort of two different types of bedding (free stall and cubicles).

In 2011, Inês started a PhD with the Animal Welfare Indicators EU-funded project with the welfare of dairy goats being her main animal of investigation.  She was also involved in the development of a smartphone app on goat welfare assessment (Search for Welgoat on Google Play or visit this link

After finishing her PhD, Inês joined Compassion in World Farming in 2015 as a Research Manager. She uses her experience in the field as well as knowledge of farm animal pain to support the team in its mission of placing farm animal welfare at the heart of the food industry, in addition to continuing to structure the scientific evidence base for Compassion’s in Food Business programme. 

Thank you to Inês for visiting us and to JMICAWE/SRUC colleague Fritha Langford for making the introduction.  The students really enjoyed hearing her take on a vet's role in this important field of animal welfare work.

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