6th December 2002

 

ANIMAL WELFARE VACATION SCHOLARS’ MEETING

 

The University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park campus will play host to a Universities Federation for Animal Welfare meeting next Wednesday (11th December) when the welfare of animals will be under discussion.

 

The meeting will feature talks on the many areas of research undertaken by students awarded UFAW Vacation Scholarships in 2002.

 

Commencing at 10.30am, the conference will be opened with a brief welcome talk from Daniel Mills BVSc, MRCVS, lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, followed by a 15-minute presentation by each of the 12 scholarship students.

 

The topics cover everything from the welfare of dairy cows in Israel and the effects of light spectrum on the behaviour of fish in laboratory aquaria to the evaluation of pain and distress associated with equine castration.

 

UFAW was founded in 1926 and is a well-respected charity which uses science in the service of animal welfare.  The UFAW Vacation Scholarships have been awarded since 1983 and provide funding to support 12 students each year. 

 

The students choose a project which they carry out under the supervision of a lecturer during the summer vacation.  The project must be properly recorded, completed and written up.  In some cases the students have continued their assignments and written scientific publications.

 

“We are delighted to be hosting the talks at Riseholme Park,” said Professor Stephen Hall, principal lecturer in Animal Welfare and UFAW council member. “It is further evidence of the deep scientific involvement the university has in animal welfare.

 

“The scholarship aims to encourage young people to approach animal welfare as a long-term plan and we are pleased to see that the students from the university’s Department of Biological Sciences have been very successful attaining Vacation Scholarships.”

 

For further information regarding the Universities Federation For Animal Welfare visit www.ufaw.org.uk.  For details about the meeting please contact Daniel Mills at dmills@lincoln.ac.uk.

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For more information contact:

 

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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