mardi 16 mars 2010

PhD course: Measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level

Dead line registration: May 1st 2010

Course date(s): Residential course May 31st – June 4th 2010, 2 day follow-up in October 2010 and in between project work
Location: Koldkærgård, Aarhus, Denmark (
Participants: Primarily PhD students of veterinary, animal and social sciences, max. number of participants: 15
Course fees: For PhD students registered at Danish Universities 8500 kr. (including 2-day follow-up) covering lodging and meals. Other participants 15000 kr (incl. lodging and meals). All participants cover their own travelling costs.
Course content:
The course is built up of a residential course of 5 days and a 2 day follow-up on individual student report work carried out in the intervening period. The residential course will focus on measuring and assessing animal welfare at herd level and will include in-depth introduction to the following topics:

• Animal welfare and ethics; the ‘isms’, the different stakeholders, measuring vs. assessing animal welfare
• Definition of animal welfare; the different approaches ‘nature’, ‘biological functioning’, ‘emotions’
• Animal welfare assessment concepts – Different goals…different methods
- General guidelines
- Decisions support for the farmer
- Certification / Classification
• Animal welfare indicators; Individual and marginal validity, applicability and robustness
- Animal behaviour and health as animal welfare indicators
• Aggregation of animal welfare indicators / Animal welfare index
- The concept of Welfare Quality
- The acceptable vs. the non-acceptable level
• Animal welfare legislation and control

Lecturers: Raphaelle Botreau INRA, NN Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Peter Sandøe LIFE/KU, and researchers DJF/AU.
Course language: English
Course examination: Mandatory requirements: Participation in residential course and 2 day follow-up – as well as a passed course report. Report presentations and opponent criticism of fellow students’ course report possible via video link for PhD students from abroad.

Contact and registration:, +45 89991350