About the chapter

The Animal Welfare Chapter has been established to provide a forum for the training of veterinarians to a detailed knowledge and above-average competence in animal welfare in all species. This capability will be drawn from a broad base of knowledge across all body systems.

Course content includes The Ethics of Animal Use, Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Adverse States, Animal Environments, The Veterinary Profession's Role in Animal Welfare, Veterinary Aspects of Animal Welfare, Specific Welfare Issues, Legislation and Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Relationships. Membership in this subject equips veterinarians to understand the scientific basis for optimum animal welfare and to be able to reason and debate coherently the legal and ethical aspects of animal welfare.


Vet student publication award

The ANZCVS Animal Welfare Chapter is offering a new scholarship award, the Veterinary Student Animal Welfare Publication Scholarship Award.


The award will recognise four veterinary students (undergraduate or postgraduate) who have published, or recently submitted a paper, on animal welfare. The Award will provide successful students with $250 to be used to attend Science Week to present a poster of their work.


To be eligible you must be a veterinary student (undergraduate or postgraduate) and the paper will have been accepted for publication within the last two years.

The application form can be downloaded here.

If you have questions, and to submit your completed application form, please email the Chapter Secretary.

The due date for applications is 1 March 2021


David bayvel award

David Bayvel Memorial Award for Excellence in Animal Welfare

Dr David Bayvel, who died in 2015, was one of the world's pre-eminent experts in the fields of animal welfare and veterinary science. David believed that veterinarians should have a leadership role as advocates for animals. He had a long and illustrious career with the New Zealand Government, the OIE, and lastly as Chief Veterinary Advisor for World Animal Protection. He made an outstanding worldwide contribution to animal welfare, receiving several prestigious awards and being an inspiration to veterinarians globally. It is fitting that an Award has been established in his name.

The criteria for the Award are as follows:

  1. The Nominee is an individual veterinarian.
  2. Nominations must be made by current members of the Animal Welfare Chapter.
  3. The Nominee’s contact details with a brief, 100-word précis must be forwarded to the Welfare Chapter Award Secretary.
  4. The Nominee does not need to be a member of the Animal Welfare Chapter.
  5. The Nominee, once notified by the College, must provide their contact details and evidence of the impact of their work in improving animal welfare (max. 500 words).
  6. Their work must have clear benefits in improving the welfare of specific animal populations in such fields as education, research, policy, advocacy, or extension.
  7. The work or project can be local, national, regional, or global.
  8. The project may be 'hands-on' work, research, advocacy, and/or education.
  9. Any project funding must be from an ethical source (with reference to Animal Welfare).
  10. Submissions will be assessed by the Animal Welfare Chapter Executive Committee. 

This award is offered every two years. Nominee submissions must be sent to the David Bayvel Award Secretary

The Award will be presented to the winner at the Science Week where they will have the opportunity to provide a presentation about their work. The prize for the Award recipient is $950 and a trophy.

The Award recipient may apply for a stipend to contribute towards their travel costs in receiving the Award at Science Week, and the College will cover one day’s registration costs (provided to all speakers) to attend Science Week and the Annual Dinner.

The due date for nominations is 31 March 2022

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