Welcome to the NOVA & CVM PhD-course ‘Animal Welfare – From fork to farm’ 21.-24.11 2016!


The course is organized by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. It considers different methods of animal welfare (AW) assessment on farm, how this is, or should be, reflecting consumer perceptions, how AW can be used in voluntary AW schemes and branding, and how AW is related to animal health and food safety.

This course considers animal welfare from an interdisciplinary view-point. We will discuss how consumer perceptions can influence animal welfare assessment and how animal welfare assessment schemes are defined and motivated. In addition, we will learn about how animal welfare can be used in voluntary industry-driven animal welfare schemes and as part of product branding. Animal welfare and animal health, as well as food safety are associated, and the direction of this association has implications for practical implementations of strategies to improve animal welfare. These associations will be discussed and evaluated during the course. On the final course day, participants will take part in the open seminar of the Welfare quality network, and learn about the most recent development within on-farm animal welfare assessment and its practical implications.

The course is subsidised by NOVA (The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network) and Doctoral Programme in Clinical Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the University of Helsinki.