Support Our Students in the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest


The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience for students by encouraging them to apply knowledge of animal welfare towards live scenarios while strengthening student presentation and reasoning skills. In preparation for the AWJAC, students learn to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning.

At the competition, students observe different animal scenarios, including farms, zoos, and animal shelters, for which they are required to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations of the level of animal welfare in each scenario. The competition helps foster the development of strong communication skills and enhanced knowledge of animal welfare for tomorrow’s leaders in the animal industries. It takes place at Ohio State University on November 14-15, and we need your support to help us take part. Please make a donation today.

Who we are
We are a team of seven passionate Applied Animal Biology undergraduate students in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, under the leadership of UBC Animal Welfare Program Professor Marina von Keyserlingk. We are learning to assess the physical and psychological health of animals on farms, zoos, and in working environments. Our involvement on the team is motivated by our collective interest in learning how to apply our knowledge to real-life scenarios. We are a diverse group of individuals with a range of aspirations such as veterinary school, research, education, and influencing public policy. This is an excellent way to further our understanding of complex animal welfare issues, improve our critical thinking and public speaking skills, and meet others interested in the field.

What your donation means to us
Through your support we will have the opportunity to compete against other schools across North America and beyond. Last year was UBC’s first time participating in this competition, and the team placed 4th out of 11 teams! We hope to continue this excellent showing at this year’s competition and are actively raising funds to support our efforts. This is where your support comes in… We need $5000 dollars to make our trip to Ohio State University possible. Donations of any size will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support and we look forward to representing UBC!