Melbourne leads Australia in nation’s first animal welfare judging competition

The University of Melbourne hosted the first Australian intervarsity Animal Welfare Judging Competition in September 2016.

Student teams from Melbourne, the University of Adelaide and Charles Sturt University competed over two days, receiving seminars from animal welfare experts and undertaking animal welfare assessments on a range of situations including a visit to the zoo.

The winning team was Claire Foster, Melina Wilson and Greg Feng from the University of Melbourne, with honourable mentions going to Sofie Pridgeon, Anisha Smith and Gemma Webb from the University of Adelaide, as well as Carmen Glanville, Matthew Duke and Cam Linh Tran from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Jean-Loup Rault, co-organiser of the competition, said that the students had imbued the competition with an Olympic spirit – competing to win but also enjoying the participation, learning a lot and making new friends.

The competition was organised by Dr Rault, Rebecca Doyle, Bronwyn Stevens and Andrew Fisher from the Animal Welfare Science Centre, and was sponsored by the Australian Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Trust.