A new animal welfare program will be offered at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. The Saputo Dairy Care program was made possible by a $500,000 gift from Saputo Inc. and will be taught through the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare.  The focus will be on providing practical dairy welfare education, including workshops for veterinary students, veterinary practitioners, and dairy producers. It will also include a fourth year Dairy Welfare rotation for students within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.  

 “This new program fits nicely with our mission to promote the welfare of animals through research, outreach and education” said Tina Widowski, Professor of Animal and Poultry Science and Director, Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare. “It will compliment and help expand current animal health and well-being learning opportunities offered at the University of Guelph.”

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The investment is a part of the company’s launch of a new Animal Welfare Policy. Investments have also been made into two dairy welfare initiatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.