Animal health and welfare – University of Copenhagen

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Better welfare and health for animals

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science contributes to improved welfare for the sake of the animals.

The area of animal health and animal welfare is changing with the developments in livestock production and the public opinion.

From a philosophic point of view we set the ideals for the good animal life, and we formulate ethical frames for when the animals are treated acceptably or not. Apart from the biological research in animal behavior, we examine what animals require from the surroundings and how they react to the conditions, they are offered. By including the epidemiology we map the occurrence of welfare problems in production animals and other animals in our care.

We work with infectious diseases, where we make models for disease transmission and establish biosecurity plans and test strategies to develop programs for disease prevention, control and eradication in large populations.

Contact: Hans Houe, Department of Large Animal Sciences,