"The release of Introduction to Animal Welfare is a milestone in the country's animal welfare development and we will actively promote the incorporation of animal welfare into the qualification assessment of practicing veterinarians," said Jia Youling, head of the China Veterinary Medical Association, chief editor of the book and former director of the veterinary bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to the book, compiled by the association and World Animal Protection, an international nonprofit animal welfare organization, the concept of animal welfare involves meeting the basic physical and psychological needs of animals and scientifically treating and raising animals.
It includes legislation on animal welfare and the issues about laboratory animals, farm animals, pet animals and other kinds of animals like horses and chickens.
The Ministry of Education decided to include animal welfare in the curriculum of veterinary medicine last year, and the textbook will be used soon, said Wang Ming with the CVMA said.
A survey conducted by CVMA and World Animal Protection in 2012 showed that of 61 universities and colleges in China that teach veterinary education, only 33 include animal welfare education.
Wednesday October 29, 2014/ Ministry of Agriculture/ China.