American College of Animal Welfare Suggested Reading List

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Suggested Reading List – 12/7/2014:

The ACAW has developed the following suggested reading list for individuals interested in developing a deeper understanding of animal welfare. The intent of the list is to help the applicant view the breadth and scope of animal welfare, including controversial issues, and to augment current knowledge in preparation for the examination. It should not be construed as a commitment regarding specific examination material nor does it reflect endorsement of a particular viewpoint expressed by any author.  For ease of use, the list is divided by tasks listed on the Role Delineation Document (RDD), then alphabetically by author/editor, although many references contain information that would apply to more than one task and are not listed more than once. For the purposes of studying for the ACAW examination, it is suggested that an applicant review texts pertaining to general principles of animal welfare (marked with an asterisk *) as well as web links and species specific material as needed, then use other resources within each RDD category to augment knowledge. More timely material, available in periodicals listed at the end should be consulted as well.

Section I: Book Titles:

Task 1.  Concepts and History of Animal Welfare

Task 2. Ethical Issues

Task 3. Animal Welfare Assessment Considerations

Task 4. Animal Environments

Task 5. The Role of the Veterinary Profession in Promoting Animal Welfare

Task 6. The Individual Veterinarian’s Role in Promoting Animal Welfare

Task 7. The Impact of Human, Animal, Environment Interactions on Animal Welfare

Task 8. Regulations, Policies, and Guidelines

Task 9A & 9B. Contemporary Animal Welfare Issues

Section II: Seminal articles, Issues, Proceedings, & Web sites

Section III: Journal List in the Field of Animal Welfare Science:

(in alphabetical order)

First Tier

Second Tier

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“This is only a convenience copy of the reading list to help find copies of reading materials in the NCSU Libraries.  It does not replace the official reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest reading list.”

American College of Animal Welfare Applicant Packet - Reading List starts p. 9

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ACAW revised 12-7-2014.

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