Animal welfare: a toolkit for livestock veterinarians in Victoria
Animal welfare is the responsibility of all people involved with animals. Veterinarians play an important role in raising and addressing animal welfare issues with their clients. The majority of farmers place a high value on animal welfare. The animal welfare toolkit for livestock veterinarians provides practical advice and support to veterinarians in their duty to assist farmers and promote better livestock welfare practice on farms.
Purpose of the toolkit
For veterinarians this toolkit will:
- help you understand your obligations and options when you identify an animal welfare issue
- provide some guidance for instances where conversations with your clients about the welfare of their animals may become confrontational
- set out good practice guidelines in regard to assessment, data collection and record keeping
- provide references to useful technical resources and support for you and your clients.
The information provided in this toolkit can be used as the basis for practice policies for how animal welfare issues are managed. Such processes demonstrate to clients and the public a commitment to animal welfare. They also encourage veterinarians to be proactive in dealing with welfare-compromised animals and feel supported in their decision to raise welfare concerns with their clients.
The toolkit can be found here: