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Students, veterinarians address animal welfare scenarios during annual contest

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The 23rd annual AVMA Animal Welfare Assessment Contest, or AWJAC, took place November 17-19 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Participants completed in-person assessments of the welfare of animals in a variety of scenarios, including laboratory rats, farmed bison, cage-free laying hens, and tortoises in a zoo.

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USDA finalizes standards to include birds under Animal Welfare Act

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Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is establishing welfare standards for birds, which were previously excluded under the Animal Welfare Act.

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Animal welfare award recipients recognized by AVMA

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Sheilah Robertson received the AVMA Animal Welfare Award, and Candace Croney, PhD, received the AVMA Humane Award July 15 during AVMA Convention 2023 in Denver.

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Welfare concerns for wild birds, from confiscation to relinquishment

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Patricia J. Latas and Anthony A. Pilny presented sessions on July 15 at AVMA Convention 2023 in Denver about the consequences of wildlife trafficking on wild bird populations and the difficulties with rehoming unwanted birds.

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Done with Dog Daddy

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Dog trainers that use aversive training methods, including Augusto DeOliveira, also known as "The Dog Daddy," have caught the attention of concerned animal welfare groups, trainers, veterinary behaviorists, and pet owners.

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Nominations open for 2024 AVMA Excellence awards

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The awards program recognizes contributions by veterinarians and nonveterinarians to the veterinary profession and to animal health and welfare. Summary: The nomination period is open for the 2024 AVMA Excellence Awards.

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Policies on physical restraint of animals, canine devocalization approved

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The AVMA House of Delegates adopted a handful of revised animal welfare policies, including one on “Canine Devocalization” that supersedes the previous policy, approved a new policy on “Canine Hybrids,” and referred two other policies back to the AVMA Board of Directors (BOD).