Animal Welfare

Animals are intertwined with the lives of humans in many ways as companions, work animals, food, and laboratory animals. We hold responsibility for the well-being of these animals as our actions and choices impact their quality of life, which in turn impacts societal values, our ethics and us. Welfare of animals is considered to be in a good state if their physical, mental and social well-being are taken care of. This not only requires disease treatment and prevention but also, providing appropriate shelter, care and management, humane treatment, husbandry, and humane killing / slaughter. Here at Purdue, animal welfare research is guided by the one health concept that human well-being is complementary to and interdependent on animal health and well-being and is part of our all-inclusive medical, societal, ecological and environmental focus. Our researchers focus on translating science and ethics into standard set of practices for the care of animals.


Candace Croney

Dr. Candace Croney

Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science
Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-being

Contact Dr. Candace Croney for more information


Center for Animal Welfare Science

The Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science facilitates the well-being  of animals through interdisciplinary discovery, learning, and engagement.

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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