Attitudes of Turkish Veterinary Students Towards Farm Animal Welfare

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Animal Welfare, vol.30, pp.325-330, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.7120/09627286.30.3.010
  • Journal Name: Animal Welfare
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, Animal Behavior Abstracts, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Psycinfo, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.325-330
  • Keywords: animal welfare, attitudes, broiler, dairy cattle, laying hen, veterinary education


  1. People's awareness of livestock welfare has increased in recent years. Veterinarians have a critical role in improving the welfare of livestock. The purpose of this study is to determine the attitudes of veterinary faculty students towards the welfare of livestock. The study was conducted with the students of Bursa Uludağ University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine through an online questionnaire. The survey study used a 5-scale Likert scale with judgments between "Strongly disagree" and "Strongly agree". The questionnaire contains general questions on animal welfare, dairy cattle welfare, and laying hen welfare. It was found that females amongst the students participating in the study had a higher score in questions related to the welfare of livestock than male students. It was also found that students who had not taken clinical sciences courses and animal welfare courses yet (first and the second year) had higher scores than students who took clinical science and animal welfare courses (third, fourth, and fifth years). Moreover, it was concluded that students who had owned or dealt with livestock before had lower animal welfare scores than other students. The sensitivity of veterinary students might be decreasing in the latter parts of their education.  Furthermore, the effect of veterinary medicine education on students' attitudes towards animal welfare should be investigated throughout veterinary education on the same students for substantial deductions.