Animal Welfare

While extremely difficult to measure, animal welfare is a science that allows us to determine where an individual animal's condition ranges on a continuum from good to poor.  The course will begin with a brief history of legislation pertaining to animal welfare and how animal welfare has been defined and evaluated historically.  This course will emphasize the importance of examining each individual animal, in addition to the resources available for its care, and the benefits that will result from focusing on an animal welfare plan from the perspectives of health, sustainability, and guest experience.

Specific topics include:

  • What is Animal Welfare?
  • Animal Welfare Law
  • What is Stress?
  • Methods Used to Evaluation Animal Welfare
  • Best Practices for Ensuring High Levels of Animal Welfare
  • Understanding the Differences - Animal Welfare & Animal Rights

This course was created by San Diego Zoo Global with support from AZA's Animal Welfare Committee.

Course Fee: Free

Course Expiration: 12 months from start.

Course Duration: 1 to 2 hours. You may exit the course and resume learning at any time within 12 months from starting the course. Downloadable materials are yours to save and keep for future reference.

Questions? Email the Professional Development Program or call 301-562-0777, ext. 240