Our study will investigate this aspect in university students belonging to two different MSc. degree courses (VM=Veterinary Medicine and SQAP=Safety and Quality in Animal Production) within the same Department (DIMEVET= Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of the University of Bologna - Italy), to assess possible differences between the two courses with respect to students’ attitude towards animal welfare (AW) and animal-friendly foods (AFF).The peculiarity of this study, which is, to our knowledge, a unique feature across European universities, is that students of both degree courses will follow the same AW lectures taught by the same professor, therefore eliminating any possible bias due to different teaching methods.The survey will start in October 2017 and develop along different academic years, collecting answers from at least three groups of students for each degree course (about 150 VM and 75 SQAP students).Students will be asked to respond to a structured, semi-close-ended questionnaire after completing the AW course.The questionnaire has been prepared and tested on a pilot group of students, and will investigate: a)previous knowledge of AW (including studies and on-farm experience); b)interest (towards AW and AFF); c)ethic views (assessed according to http://www.aedilemma.net/).A limited number of surveys have been carried out on veterinary students, but to our knowledge no comparison was made with other degree courses containing AW lectures.VM students believe to retain a good preparation on AW, but show a general lack of knowledge on specific AW legislation (Magnani et al.,2017); however, veterinary studies increase the scoring of animal pain perception (Valros and Hänninen,2016).Conversely, students from Animal Production degrees are expected to have a more utilitarian approach aimed to human economic interests (more animal welfare=more profit) rather than to animal well-being per se.

At what extent does the study career influence the perception and attitude of university students towards the welfare of farmed animals?

NANNONI, ELEONORA;DI PASQUALE, JORGELINA;SARDI, LUCA;MARTELLI, GIOVANNA
2017

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Our study will investigate this aspect in university students belonging to two different MSc. degree courses (VM=Veterinary Medicine and SQAP=Safety and Quality in Animal Production) within the same Department (DIMEVET= Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of the University of Bologna - Italy), to assess possible differences between the two courses with respect to students’ attitude towards animal welfare (AW) and animal-friendly foods (AFF).The peculiarity of this study, which is, to our knowledge, a unique feature across European universities, is that students of both degree courses will follow the same AW lectures taught by the same professor, therefore eliminating any possible bias due to different teaching methods.The survey will start in October 2017 and develop along different academic years, collecting answers from at least three groups of students for each degree course (about 150 VM and 75 SQAP students).Students will be asked to respond to a structured, semi-close-ended questionnaire after completing the AW course.The questionnaire has been prepared and tested on a pilot group of students, and will investigate: a)previous knowledge of AW (including studies and on-farm experience); b)interest (towards AW and AFF); c)ethic views (assessed according to http://www.aedilemma.net/).A limited number of surveys have been carried out on veterinary students, but to our knowledge no comparison was made with other degree courses containing AW lectures.VM students believe to retain a good preparation on AW, but show a general lack of knowledge on specific AW legislation (Magnani et al.,2017); however, veterinary studies increase the scoring of animal pain perception (Valros and Hänninen,2016).Conversely, students from Animal Production degrees are expected to have a more utilitarian approach aimed to human economic interests (more animal welfare=more profit) rather than to animal well-being per se.
Joint DCAW and NordCAW Animal Welfare Conference
Nannoni, E.; Di Pasquale, J.; Sardi, L.; Martelli, G.
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