Center for Animal Welfare Science
Our Mission: To promote animal welfare through science-based information and education to advance socially responsible decisions concerning animal care.
Our Goal: To facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations in order to identify animal welfare challenges, strategies to alleviate them, and education to aid implementation.
Center for Animal Welfare Strategic Plan
Purdue University has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the area of agricultural animal behavior and welfare research. The pioneering work of Dr. Jack Albright on dairy cow handling, management and welfare in the early 1980's laid the foundation for new, fruitful collaborations in poultry well-being led by Drs. Patricia Hester and William Muir in Animal Sciences, and with the USDA-ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit (LBRU), which is currently housed in the Department of Animal Science. The LBRU's mission to develop scientific measures of animal welfare that facilitate objective evaluation of animal agricultural practices significantly expanded Purdue's capacity for graduate student training and research, particularly in poultry and swine welfare.
Feifei Yan received the Certificate of Excellence for Presentation at the annual Poultry Science Association meeting, 2015. Feifei was awarded a 2015 CAWS graduate student travel scholarship to attend the meeting. Her research, done under the direction of CAWS member, Dr. Heng Wei Cheng (USDA ARS LBRU) and Patricia Hester (An SC), focuses on the effect of dietary supplementation of probiotics on performance and skeletal health of laying hens. Congratulations to Feifei and her advisors on this notable achievement! Read more about Feifei's research here.
CAWS member, Dr. Heng-Wei Cheng and his collaborators study thermal perches as cooling devices for reducing heat stress in caged laying hens. Read more about his work here.
News & Events
Request for Proposals on Animal Welfare Science -
Second Annual Caws Symposium
This year's symposium explores current animal welfare challenges and scientific efforts to address these in agricultural, companion and laboratory animal species. The program is intended to be useful for scientists, students, veterinarians, animal producers, animal industry personnel, legislators, and interested members of the general public. 5 Continuing Education (CE) Units are available for this program.
Online registration for the CAWS Symposium is now closed. Walk-in registration opens at 7:30am, May 18th in Stewart Center 302. 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907.
View the Program (PDF)
Canine Welfare Science Forum
This inaugural annual forum explores current canine health and welfare challenges. The ways in which scientific concepts and research results can be practically applied to improve canine welfare in various settings are explored.