The Animal Welfare Judging Team is a new opportunity for Texas A&M undergraduate students to engage in evaluating scenarios on the basis of animal welfare standards. In this competition, students will utilize science based methods and reasoning in order to evaluate the welfare of animals in a number of settings. This year, the contest will provide students the ability to assess the welfare of the following species: 1) Dairy Goats, 2) Egg Laying Ducks, 3) Green Iguanas and 4) Live Assessment – Polo Ponies. The students will be traveling to Colorado State University for the competition on November 16th through November 18th. Every year, the contest will choose to compete using different species and rotating location through institutions that participate.
This past November, the first Fighting Texas Aggie Animal Welfare Judging Team competed in the 17th Annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest at Iowa State University to receive 8th Overall. The team evaluated the following species: 1) Farmed Fish, 2) Meat Rabbits, 3) Racing Greyhounds and 4) Live Assessment – Finisher Pigs. Team members included Caroline Campbell, Logan Roper, Xandra Christine Meneses and Amanda Wilgus.
At the current time, there is no required course that students should enroll in to participate in the competition. Team members will receive training by actively participating in meetings at least once a week with their coach in addition to outside preparation deemed necessary.
Try-outs for the 2018 Fighting Texas Aggie Animal Welfare Judging Team will be on September 13th with time and location to be determined. Students interested in earning a spot on the team are encouraged to attend the following meetings in preparation for try-outs:
- Wednesday, August 29th at 5:30 PM in KLCT 123 – Informational Session
- Tuesday, September 4th at 5:30 PM in KLCT 126 – Practice; Sample scenario, how to do reasons
- Wednesday, September 5th at 5:30 PM in KLCT 126 – Practice; Dairy goat information
- Tuesday, September 11th at 5:30 PM in KLCT 126 – Practice; More dairy goat information, sample scenario
- Wednesday, September 12th at 5:30 PM in KLCT 126– Practice; sample scenario