South Australia has reinforced its position as a national leader in animal welfare science
research after joining the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC).
The Centre plays a crucial role in the development of national standards and guidelines for the
welfare of animals.
The new South Australian partners, PIRSA’s South Australian Research and Development
Institute (SARDI) and the University of Adelaide, join Agriculture Victoria and the University of
Melbourne in the expanded centre.
The new arrangements for the Centre were unveiled at the Welcome Reception of the Animal
Production 2016 conference last night.
The AWSC was established in Victoria in 1997 as a leading collaborative entity for research,
development, education and training in animal welfare, focusing on livestock, pets, zoo
animals and wildlife.
The expanded Centre now has the largest capacity for animal welfare science research,
development education and training of any organisation in Australia, and is the second largest
in the world, after the University of Bristol.
The South Australian partners are based at the Roseworthy Campus of the University of
Quotes attributable to Environment Minister Ian Hunter
South Australia joining the Animal Welfare Science Centre strengthens our position as an
integral partner in animal welfare science research.
South Australia leads the nation to ensure best practice in securing high standards of welfare
for livestock, while increasing the productivity and quality of animal products.
This will support our primary producers and meet community expectations that the livestock
industries are clean, green and humane.
Quotes attributable to Professor Phil Hynd of the University of Adelaide and President of the Australian Society of Animal Production
The demand for animal protein is rapidly increasing as per capita incomes in developing
countries increases, and at the same time consumers are demanding high standards of animal
The expansion of the Animal Welfare Science Centre builds on South Australia’s reputation as
a producer of high-quality food and wine, and brings together all those involved in producing
animal products that are not only high-quality, but are produced ethically.
It will help ensure our animal science and veterinary science students receive the highest
quality training and experience in the best care of animals.