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Department of Animal Sciences


Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest

The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) provides a unique educational experience where students learn to assess animal welfare in a variety of settings using evidence-based methods and oral reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to evaluate scientific and ethical considerations for different species and present sound evaluations enhancing their ability to think critically. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in various animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare.

Interested in competing or just learning more about animal welfare? Email Dr. Jess Pempek at or Zach England at! Meeting times will be set based on interested participants’ availability.

More information can be found here.