The Five Freedoms
In order to develop a document that was relevant to a broad range of entities caring for companion animals, the task force chose to model the document along the lines of the five freedoms. The concept of Five Freedoms originated with the Report of the UK Technical Committee to Enquire into the Welfare of Animals kept under Intensive Livestock Husbandry Systems, the Brambell Report, December 1965. The concept was subsequently refined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council so that it actually took the form of the five freedoms. It has since been further updated and is now the most visited page on the Council’s Website. These principles are relevant and appropriate measures of welfare for any animal species and the task force tried to be mindful of them throughout the process.
2017 ABVP Call for Abstracts - Symposium to be held October 5-8 in Atlanta, Georgia!
Congratulations to the Wysiwash Wellness Grant Winners! Wysiwash and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians just announced the first winners of the Wysiwash Wellness Grant: Niagara County SPCA and Helping Animals of Warren County. Designed to empower animal shelters to take proactive moves to prevent disease, the Wysiwash Wellness Grant is partnership between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and Wysiwash. Access the Press Release!
Congratulations to Dr. Jeanette O'Quin on winning the 2016 AVMA Animal Welfare Award! Read more here.
ASV Past President, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore in the news and doing great things! Read all about her new project in suspected cases of animal abuse in the Boston area.
Million Cat Challenge Update - Reaching a life-saving milestone soon!! Read more
Board Certification in Shelter Veterinary Medicine is now a reality!