Objective—To examine attitudes toward farm animal
welfare among veterinary college faculty.
Study Population—157 US veterinary college faculty
with large animal or food animal emphasis.
Procedure—Veterinarians from 27 US veterinary colleges
were contacted via e-mail and asked to complete
a 7-page survey relating to farm animal welfare issues.
Thirty-one percent of those contacted responded.
Results—71% of respondents self-characterized
their attitude toward farm animal welfare as "we can
use animals for the greater human good but have an
obligation to provide for the majority of the animals'
physiologic and behavioral needs." An additional 19%
of respondents were more concerned about animal
welfare than was indicated by that statement, and
10% were less concerned about farm animal welfare
than was indicated by that statement. Significant
relationships among demographic variables and attitude
scores were observed, including more concerned
attitudes among females, those with more
liberal political views, and those who cited lower religiosity.
No relationship between attitude and age
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Veterinary college
faculty have the opportunity to impact many
stakeholders within the animal agriculture industries
(eg, future veterinarians and policy makers looking for
a veterinary science perspective). Results indicated
that a considerable level of concern toward farm animal
welfare is present in this population. Although the
process of change may not be rapid, it is likely that the
influence of these respondents will factor heavily into
enhancing farm animal welfare. (J Am Vet Med Assoc