Care and Welfare Oversight of Agricultural Animals used in Agricultural Research

Agricultural animal production is predicted to continue to grow as the world’s population expands, largely because of increased dietary reliance on livestock and poultry products, including meat, milk and milk products, and eggs, in developing countries. There are clear international expectations for the care and use of farm animals in agricultural research, which are very similar to those in place for traditional laboratory animal species, used in biomedical research settings. Patricia V. Turner, Co-Chair of the WVA Policy Committee, explains that all personnel working with agricultural animals in research settings must be competent and knowledgeable to ensure that animal care is optimised.