Position statement of the International Veterinary Students’ Association on the European Citizens’ Initiative “End the Cage Age”

Summary: “End the Cage Age” is a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with a total of 1.397.113 validated signatures across Europe. This gives End the Cage Age the third highest ECI signature count on record and makes it the first successful animal welfare related ECI ever to be submitted. The initiative was submitted to the European…

The “not so free” life of Komodo Dragon

A short article by : Rafi Putra Ananta & Matthias Grembler Research & Data Analyst of Standing Committee on Animal Welfare International Veterinary Students Association Introduction Picture 1. A photo of Komodo Dragon blocking a truck (1) Back at the end of 2020, a distressing image of a komodo dragon blocking a truck in a…

Cows in the digital age: Robotics for better welfare

Introduction  Diana Teixeira is a veterinary student from Portugal. Having been exposed to the world of dairy farming from childhood, Diana’s intimate knowledge of the industry has given her a unique understanding of the ways in which technology can be used to improve farm animal welfare. Diana’s family’s farm first introduced robotics onto their farm…

Mink mayhem in Denmark; COVID, the cull and WelFur

Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha, Chairperson for IVSA’s Standing Committee for Animal Welfare, spoke with Daniel Lund. “I first interacted with mink when I was a little boy…I even got to pet one of the tamer ones!” Daniel Lund is a veterinary student from Denmark and a Trustee for IVSA ( International Veterinary Students’ Association).  He has…

II – The Eye of an Elephant and the Heart of a Lion; The work of Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF Germany) and Boaz Abraham, who help animals and the communities around them.

In conversation with Máirin-Rua Ni Aodha Dream Team  “We strive to have a long lasting impact on the lives of the people we work with, so we work with experts in many fields, such as veterinarians, teachers and social workers”.  Boaz joined Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany (VSF Germany) while completing his veterinary degree. He was…

Supporting the Human-Animal Bond to Advance Animal Welfare

Article by Serena George, University of Wisconsin-Madison Class of 2023July 10, 2020 The human-animal bond dates back to as many as 15,000 – 40,000 years ago when dogs became the first organism that humans domesticated.1,2 Today, approximately 62% of Americans live with a pet,3 and the American Veterinary Medical Association states, “The veterinarian’s role in…

Encouraging Changes from within in Vietnam

Article by Sarah Blake, Projects and Development Manager for Wild Welfare In 2017, before I joined Wild Welfare, I worked with them on a project in Vietnam. Our collaborative goal was to do as much as we possibly could to improve the lives of the animals in one particular zoo. It turned out to be…

Assessing Welfare in Zoos And Aquariums

Article by Georgina Groves, Executive Director Wild Welfare How can we assess how an animal is feeling in zoos and aquariums? It’s hard enough understanding how a human is feeling and we can ask them! Historically, there has been a health-centric approach to welfare management. Health is easier to quantify as the assessment of it…

OIE’s Global Animal Welfare Strategy and Animal Welfare Standards

Perceptions of animal welfare differ from one region to another and between one culture and another, as do and the ways animals contribute to human society. It is for this reason that the World Organisation for Animal Health – OIE‘s work in developing international standards must have a solid scientific basis, must involve wide engagement of…