06 December 2012
AUSTRALIAN PIG VETERINARIANS SICK AND INJURED PIG GUIDELINES FOR VETERINARIANS 2012
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the welfare of animals reared for food and fibre, with greater concern for those reared “intensively” (including pigs). Public concerns over animal welfare have recently resulted in the voluntary phase-out of stalls for housing pregnant sows and temporary bans of live cattle exports. It is likely that consumer concerns over animal welfare will play an even greater role in influencing how food-producing animals are reared and managed in the future. Veterinarians play a major role in protecting animal health and welfare. We achieve this by not only relieving animal suffering, but by preventing adverse welfare incidents arising. Veterinarians working at the “coal face” play a major role in maintaining pig welfare during farm visits, by examining pigs and advising their clients on the best way to manage the health and welfare of the animals in their charge.
Author/Organization: Australian Pig Veterinarians (APV)
Topics: animal health, disease control, occupational heath, pain/injury/harm, pigs, standards, welfare assessment, welfare on the farm