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Animal welfare and its importance in today s society
By Dr Pascal Anton Oltenacu

Animal ethics and law; A discussion of different ethical points of view;

Animal welfare science. Learning objectives: Domestication and consequences for farm animals; Understanding the difference between welfare science, ethics and law; Discussion of the three different concepts (physical, mental and natural) included in various welfare definitions; The concepts of needs; The relationship between death and welfare; The role of anthropomorphism

Welfare assessment on farms and in the lab. Learning objectives: To understand the concept and potential uses of the Five Freedoms; To understand the difference between factors affecting welfare (inputs) and actual welfare performance (outcome); To use the Severity, Duration, Number affected (SDN) framework to quantify welfare; To appreciate that science can provide information on the severity of welfare problems (but not the acceptability)

Influence of the market place on animal welfare. Learning objectives: Recognize the influence of global values about animal welfare upon local markets; understand the power of retailers to demand standards and change; Appreciate the effect of the WTO on animal welfare and production;

Major livestock welfare controversies: Housing related issues; Handling related issues; Use of growth promoters and antibiotics in livestock; other as time permits.

Dr Pascal Anton Oltenacu is Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Florida, as of 2014. Previously, as of 1974, he was Professor at the Cornell University, N.Y.

Dr Pascal Anton Oltenacu is graduate of the Bucharest Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1967); he has a M.S. in Animal Science from Iowa State University (1970) and a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota (1973).

Areas of interest: evaluation of genetic determinism of the production traits production-health-fertility-longevity in dairy cattle and other livestock with the purpose to enhance animal health and wellbeing. He also has expertise in the application of decision and risk analysis tools, mathematical modeling and computer simulation to evaluate consequences of alternative breeding, reproduction and health management strategies on production and welfare of dairy production systems.

For additional information regarding the activity of Dr Pascal Anton Oltenacu, please see the attached CV-ul.