About the Contest


The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening student vocabulary and reasoning skills. The competition teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in the animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare.

The contest is open to veterinary students, undergraduates, and graduate students. A limited number of veterinarians also take part each year as non-competitive participants.

2017 Host Institution

Iowa State University (ISU) will host the annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging & Assessment Contest in 2017.

Species covered in the 2017 contest include:

17th Annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging/Assessment Contest Brochure

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Cia Johnson,(847) 285-6696;