What do you think of when you hear the phrase “animal welfare”? Healthy, well-nourished, animals living free of pain, suffering, or distress? These among other attributes are what the animal health industry strives to provide through innovative vaccines, medicines and feed additives which keep pets and livestock healthy and productive. Through disease reduction, decreased suffering and enhanced productivity the animal health industry contributes to enhanced animal welfare.
The animal health industry works with many stakeholders to promote high quality controls for animal welfare through proper use of its products.
There are a variety of definitions of ‘animal welfare’. Below we set out a small selection:
For all of these approaches, ready availability of necessary animal health products is essential in guaranteeing animal health which is a prerequisite to animal welfare.