The World Association for Buiatrics and Boehringer Ingelheim announce the ‘Ruminant Well-Being Awards’

Boehringer Ingelheim

The biennial Ruminant Well-Being Awards, held in partnership with the World Association for Buiatrics (WAB), reflects Boehringer Ingelheim’s long-term commitment to promoting the health and well-being of farm animals. The event, sponsored exclusively by Boehringer Ingelheim, is held at the annual World Buiatrics Congress highlighting the important role played by vets in the continuous improvement of animal welfare for food-producing ruminants.
The next congress will be held in Madrid, Spain (September 27 to October 1, 2020), and applications will be open for two different awards:
(1) Ruminant Well-Being Research Award, and
(2) Ruminant Well-Being Achievement Award.
Each award comprises a 10,000 euro ($10,696.50 USD)-prize for each winner, plus reimbursement of the recipient’s travel expenses to attend the conference and the ceremony.
The Ruminant Well-Being Research Award
This award will be granted to a recent PhD graduate in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines that made an exceptional contribution to the scientific knowledge on ruminant well-being achieving some of the following:
  • Improving the understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering
  • Developing scientific methods of measuring animal well-being, with potential practical applications
  • Developing scientific based strategies that improve animal well-being
  • Identifying issues of concern and seeking solutions to challenges
  • Developing methods to change human attitudes and behavior to ensure proper stewardship
 
The Ruminant Well-Being Achievement Award
The second award category will be granted to a practicing veterinarian or a researcher in veterinary science, animal science or related disciplines to recognize his/her achievements in
advancing the well-being of ruminants. It aims at rewarding an individual that made contribution to the well-being of food-producing ruminants by achieving some of the following:
  • Improving the understanding of pain expression as well as the recognition of pain and other forms of suffering
  • Developing scientific methods of measuring animal well-being
  • Developing practical well-being assessment methods
  • Developing practical strategies to improve animal well-being
  • Raising awareness of issues of concern; engaging different stakeholders in seeking solutions to challenges
  • Changing human attitudes and behavior to ensure proper stewardship
  • Communicating information about, and proposing solutions to, animal well-being challenges with courage and integrity
The winner of the award will be selected by an independent expert panel under the supervision of Xavier Manteca, Professor in Applied Ethology at the University of Barcelona and founder of the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre (www.fawec.org).
Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2020. Application forms and criteria can be found on the Boehringer Ingelheim website on Farm Animal Well-Being www.farmanimalwellbeing.com.
Science shows that when farm animals are not just healthy, but also free of pain and discomfort, there are far-reaching positive consequences. At Boehringer Ingelheim, we believe that vets play a key role in promoting better farming practices. Our aim is to build and share scientific knowledge around farm animal well-being, where effective pain management benefits livestock and rewards farmers, while satisfying the social demands for responsible farming. Because farm animal well-being works.

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