Zoology students earn high marks at 8th Annual Animal Welfare competition
Zoology students Matthew Hasenjager and Kevin Dacres participated with MSU's undergraduate team at the 8th Annual Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment competition, held Nov. 1-2 at MSU.
The reserve championship team included Hasenjager and Dacres, as well as Animal Science students Katelynn Lebbin, Emilie Evenson, and Kate Mills.
Hasenjager also placed fifth in individual high point awards. The team's coach, Camie Heleski, organized the contest with the help of volunteers -- including Zoology alum Courtney Daigle, who recently earned her Master's degree in Zoology.
Please join us in congratulating our Zoology students!
More on the ABWG competition:
By combining the traditional teaching tool of livestock judging contests - with the technology of computer-based presentations - students can increase their knowledge of animal welfare by evaluating how well a given situation suits a farm (or laboratory) animal's needs. Students consider behavioral and physiological factors, as well as ethics, to make educated assessments on the quality of life for the animals. The mission of the ABWG is to scientifically study the impact of management and environment on animal behavior and animal welfare, in order to discover socially responsible solutions for animal-related industries.
In this competition, students reviewed presentations consisting of data, videos, and photos of animals, usually presented in two comparable situations. They then formulated an analysis, and made their oral presentations to the judges.
To find out more, visit Animal Behavior and Welfare Group