Animal Welfare:
From Consumer Demand
to Farm Auditing

  • Level: Master 1
  • Period: Semester 2
  • Language: English
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • Teacher/Coordinator: Vanessa Guesdon and Hélène Leruste

Main Objectives

• Define what is animal welfare and what influences the people’s perception of animal welfare
• Discuss major factors influencing animal welfare with a specific focus on housing, nutrition and management practices (inducing pain)
• Determine how to evaluate animal welfare on a farm level, set-up and perform a simple audit and analyze the results
• Know how (European) legislation in animal welfare is constructed and what are the main aims of legislation
• Realize what is the market situation in terms of animal welfare-friendly products and the ways to increase the market
• Discuss future evolutions in terms of legislation, situation for farmers and global markets

Skills Developed

  • Set-up (simple but valid) animal welfare scoring protocols
  • Analyze results of a farm audit
  • Capacity to anticipate future evolution

General Content

  • Welfare definitions
  • Factors influencing animal welfare
  • Legislation and future evolution


Oral presentations in group, Final exam



Vanessa Guesdon
Professor - Researcher
Hélène Leruste
Professor - Researcher
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