Above: University students and coaches that gathered for the animal welfare judging competition.
After weeks of preparation the University of Guelph Undergraduate, Veterinary and Graduate teams competed in the 13th Annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest over the weekend of November 23rd and 24th. The teams met faithfully every Tuesday night during exams, assignements and all other academic obligations, to fine tune their animal welfare judging and presentation skills. Teams were entered in all three of the Undergraduate, Graduate and Veterinary divisions.
Competition was tougher than ever this year as the competition is growing larger and larger with 97 students competing. Students came from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Colorado State University, Purdue, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin- Madison, University College Dublin, University of Illinois, St. George's University, Tufts, and University of Florida.
In fact for the first time this year, University College Dublin from Ierland sent their veterinary team coached by a former Animal and Poultry Science student Jessica Zaffino and won their division. Proving that not only can Guelph coach students to success but also coach coaches to success. The University of Guelph Veterinary team coached by Prof. Derek Haley was a very close runner up to Dublin.
Undergraduate team: Stéphanie Bourgon, Darsi Brown, Rebecca Feddema and Melissa Speirs
Veterinary team: Alanna Backx, Chris Hauser, Tanya Hnatejko, Kim Kalteis and Laura Omeljaniuk
Graduate team: Vanessa Beaudoin-Reichmann, Meagan King, Chantal Leblanc, Stephanie Leblanc (see image) and Judy Stryker
The University of Guelph Undergraduate team member Melissa Speirs came in 5th place for highest scoring individual in the Undergraduate division and Chris Hauser came in 1st place for highest scoring individual for the Veterinary division. The APS Graduate division team did particularly well by winning the dry dairy cow team assessment event and with team member, Meagan King, placing 1st for highest scoring individual. In addition, the Graduate team won 1st place for highest scoring team, taking the trophy home once again for display in the APS lobby.
Competition Judges From left to right: Rachel Cezar, DVM, United States Department of Agriculture, Karen Schwean-Lardner, PhD, University of Saskatchewan, Becky Meagher, PhD, University of British Columbia, Allison Taylor, PhD, National Farm Animal Care Council, Elsa Vasseur, PhD, University of Guelph, Alfred Campus, Carolyn Stull, PhD, University of California, Davis, Jeff Rau, DVM, University of Guelph, Penny Lawlis, MSc, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food and David Miller, DVM, PhD, Loveland, CO.
Article and photos by Judy Stryker
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