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The Purdue Center for Animal Welfare Science facilitates the well-being of animals through interdisciplinary discovery, learning and engagement. We identify animal welfare challenges, approaches to alleviate them, and education to advance socially responsible decision-making on animal care, management, and policy.


Facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations on animal welfare science.


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May 21 - The inaugural annual CAWS Symposium will be held at Purdue University; program and registration information coming soon



We facilitate the well-being of animals using sound science and ethics to investigate and promote the best animal care and management practices.

Supplementation improves hen behavior and performance ... See 2014 AWSC travel scholarship winner Jiaying Hu's executive summary of her current research.

Nest Building as an Indicator of Health and Welfare in Laboratory Mice ... Read more and view video.

Effects of Classroom-Assisted Activities on Social Functioning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The biology of the human-animal bond.

The human-animal bond and domestication.

Bonding with commodities: Social constructions and implications of human-animal relationships in contemporary livestock production.

Breeding for kinder, gentler animals ... Learn more.

Did you know that Purdue is home to the second largest comprehensive Maddie's Fund program in the country? Read more.

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