A New Zealand university has been named to work with the Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) — to develop international guidelines and standards for animal welfare practices for farm animals.

Massey University’s Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre will become the only OIE collaborating center dedicated to animal welfare science and related bioethical analysis.

A "virtual" center, the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre operates across Massey's Institute for Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences and Institute for Food, Nutrition and Human Health.

Current projects include:

  • Developing practical solutions to welfare problems.
  • Evaluating husbandry practices.
  • Developing efficient and acceptable methods of pest control.
  • Preparing livestock industry and other animal welfare codes
  • Devising and validating parameters for stress assessment
  • Teaching animal welfare sciences, applied animal behavior and ethics.
  • Analyzing ethical dimensions of welfare problems and technological developments.

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