Graduate Student Rielle Perttu Takes First at Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest

The University of Minnesota’s Animal Welfare Judging Team recently attended The Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest (AWJAC). The contest was held at Iowa State University on November 18-19, 2017.


The newly established University of Minnesota team did not disappoint, as Rielle Perttu won First Place Individual in the live assessment, graduate student division. Congratulations to Rielle! 

The AWJAC competition aims to teach students to assess the welfare of animals in multiple settings by using science-based methods and reasoning. Species covered in the 2017 contest included: Farmed Fish, Meat Rabbits, Racing Greyhounds, and Finisher Pigs on a Small Commercial Teaching Farm. The AWJAC competition is open to veterinary, undergraduate, and graduate students. 

The University of Minnesota Animal Welfare Judging Team is coached by Dr. Beth Ventura.