Animal welfare education (AWE) aims to create a positive attitude towards animals, people and the environment, creating a sense of compassion, justice and a respect for the value of life in learners. AWE explores the knowledge, skills, and understanding that shape our involvement in the lives of animals, and traces the effect we have on animals’ abilities to satisfy their own needs, along with the responsibility this places on us. AWE offers one of the best ways to address the mistreatment of animals by improving our understanding of how we can humanely and compassionately interact with them. These pages of Animal Mosaic provide educators at both the early years and the tertiary levels with the tools, resources and facts they need to integrate AWE into their work.

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Animal welfare for youth: Part 2 – Introducing the five freedoms


This outline can be used with any 4-H animal science project because the questions and concepts apply to all species, including livestock, dairy, poultry, rabbits and cavies, companion animals, goats, and horses and ponies.

Animal welfare for youth: Part 1 – what is animal welfare?


This new series of articles from Michigan State University Extension helps parents and teachers introduce animal welfare to the youth.

FVE adopts Day-1 Competences for Animal Welfare

Education: Companion, Entertainment, Farmed, Research, Wildlife, Working

In June 2013, the General Assembly of FVE delegates adopted a report on how to address animal welfare in the veterinary curriculum In 2012, FVE established an ad hoc Working Group (WG) to map animal welfare teaching in undergraduate veterinary education and to develop a core curriculum. The WG comprised representatives of FVE, the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the EU FP7 research project AWARE (Animal Welfare Research in an Enlarged Europe). In June 2013, the WG finished their task and the report was adopted by both FVE as EAEVE.

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