Maddie's Insights: Five Domains of Animal Care - On-demand webcast
Recorded On: 05/11/2023
Animal welfare represents how an animal experiences their life. It characterizes the overall mental experiences of an animal and is a subjective concept that cannot be directly measured. Instead, welfare indicators are used to cautiously infer mental experiences from resource provisions, management factors and a range of animal-based measures. The Five Domains Model is a holistic and structured framework for gathering together these indicators and assessing animal welfare. It is used to systematically assess the welfare of animals in a range of contexts and explicitly focuses on an animal's mental experiences.
The Five Domains Model is used internationally to assess animal welfare in a range of contexts. The Model also represents a framework that could be used to advance animal care – by drawing attention to a wide range of areas where we can make improvements. While animal welfare is an animal-centered concept (i.e., the focus is on assessing an animal's mental experiences), animal care is human-centered (i.e., the focus is on what we can provide for animals). Animal care encourages those responsible for animals to consider providing them with a range of opportunities so that they can have a good life. The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate how the Five Domains can be used to scientifically assess animal welfare and how they also provide a means of considering how best to care for animals.
Presenter: Kat Littlewood, BVSc (Dist), PGDipVCS (Dist), PhD, AFHEA, FANZCVS (AWSEL)
This webinar has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association. Approval for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval has been submitted.
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