Congratulations to the Animal Welfare Judging team: (pictured from left to right) Laura Rounding, Eugenia Kwok, Katie Mills, Elena Pakalnis and Tanjot Gill, on their 4th place finish (of 11 teams in the undergraduate division) at the 14th Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition at Michigan State University on Nov 22-23, 2014. This was UBC’s first time participating in the competition.
Competing teams were given hypothetical animal welfare scenarios involving specific species. This year, captive seals, shelter cats, and swine were assessed virtually, while students traveled to MSU’s beef cow and calf operation to conduct a live assessment. Teams had to determine which animal situation had superior welfare and present their findings to a group of expert judges. Teams were judged on the basis of decision accuracy, argument strength and presentation style.
A special congratulations and thank you to our two volunteer coaches, Animal Program Program Post-Doctoral researcher Becky Meagher and PhD candidate Beth Ventura.
Thanks also to the Applied Biology Program, the Animal Welfare Program, Dean Yada, LFS Office of Graduate Students, and the many others who supported the team’s fundraising efforts.