Pack News Topics – Animal-welfare focus for AVMA, protest at UCLA lab and NYC shelter funding

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The American Veterinary Medical Association is advancing its recent move to focus more on animal welfare.

A group of veterinarians, animal scientists, and educators met June 22-24 at AVMA headquarters to discuss animal-welfare curriculum for U.S. veterinary schools.

A news piece on the AVMA website includes this –

“” While not completely absent from veterinary curricula, instruction in animal welfare science and ethics has come under increasing criticism as insufficient, unsystematic, and disconnected in delivery. In response, the AVMA created the Model Animal Welfare Curriculum Planning Group with the goal of helping veterinary students receive the education necessary to be leaders in the field of animal welfare as graduate veterinarians. “”

This is, of course, a positive move by the organization.


Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) organized a protest Monday at UCLA, directed against a university lab that has received a notice of animal-welfare violations back in December from the USDA.


The New York City Council has approved a plan to increase funding for local animal shelters by about $10 million dollars over three years. The funding could lead to expanded hours of operation for the shelters.