Animal Welfare Assessment in Practice: An Asian Elephant Virtual Scenario (2037)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Animal Welfare
Saturday |  4:00 PM -  4:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217A



Cia Johnson DVM, M.S.

Dr. Johnson earned her DVM and M.S. in Animal Science (emphasis Reproductive Biology) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Johnson has been part of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Welfare Division for 7 years and currently serves as the Division Director. Dr. Johnson leads the Animal Welfare Division's student/recent graduate communications and projects, including coordination and management of the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest. Her background in agriculture is an asset that gives her the ability to be especially effective with regard to the responsibilities she has pertaining to livestock welfare issues, including production and handling practices. Dr. Johnson currently provides staff support to the AVMA's Panel on Humane Slaughter, Panel on Depopulation and Animal Welfare Committee where she is involved in discussions of welfare issues covering multiple species. Dr. Johnson also serves as a link between the Animal Welfare Division and a variety of other veterinary organizations and stakeholder groups.

Emily Patterson-Kane PhD

Emily Patterson-Kane, PhD, is an animal behaviorist who moved from research into a a position as "Animal Welfare Scientist" at the AVMA.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) consists of: team and individual events, where participants review live and/or computer-based presentations encompassing data, photographs, and videos of animals in comparable situations. Participants then use the information obtained to rank the welfare of the animals in those situations on the basis of physiologic and behavioral indicators, with attention to facilities and management, and present their analyses orally to expert judges. The contest teaches ethical reasoning, encourages objective assessment of animal welfare on the basis of scientific theory and data, promotes critical thinking, and improves communication skills. This presentation will explore the 2015 AWJAC scenario on Asian Elephants. Two speakers will each present one side of the scenario, pointing out welfare-related pros and cons. Audience participation is encouraged!

Learning Objectives

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