In this paper, we describe the results of an online survey consisting of 23 questions created to evaluate the knowledge and interest on animal welfare by students attending 15 different scientific, medical, and biomedical courses at University of Sassari, Italy. The survey collected students' demographic data, level of knowledge both on animal welfare and 3Rs, as well as their opinions on animal experimentation. The majority of the cohort was female and over 24 years of age. About a third of the students responded that their graduate programme included subjects that taught science, ethics, and animal welfare legislation. Just 21.2% of respondents had heard about the concept of 3Rs. About a quarter of the students believed that animal models can be replaced by in vitro and in silico methods while half believed that both are needed. However, 70% of the participants did not know the existence of an Ethics and Animal Welfare Committee. The result showed the importance of an Animal Welfare Course for the professional future of a larger number of students and underlined the key role of veterinary medicine in promoting ethics and animal experimentation.

Student insights towards animal welfare science and law. Survey results from Sassari University, Italy / Varoni, Maria V; Serra, Pier A; Sanna Passino, Eraldo. - In: SCIENCE PROGRESS. - ISSN 0036-8504. - 106:1(2023). [10.1177/00368504221150071]

Student insights towards animal welfare science and law. Survey results from Sassari University, Italy

Varoni, Maria V;Serra, Pier A;Sanna Passino, Eraldo
2023-01-01

Abstract

In this paper, we describe the results of an online survey consisting of 23 questions created to evaluate the knowledge and interest on animal welfare by students attending 15 different scientific, medical, and biomedical courses at University of Sassari, Italy. The survey collected students' demographic data, level of knowledge both on animal welfare and 3Rs, as well as their opinions on animal experimentation. The majority of the cohort was female and over 24 years of age. About a third of the students responded that their graduate programme included subjects that taught science, ethics, and animal welfare legislation. Just 21.2% of respondents had heard about the concept of 3Rs. About a quarter of the students believed that animal models can be replaced by in vitro and in silico methods while half believed that both are needed. However, 70% of the participants did not know the existence of an Ethics and Animal Welfare Committee. The result showed the importance of an Animal Welfare Course for the professional future of a larger number of students and underlined the key role of veterinary medicine in promoting ethics and animal experimentation.
2023
Student insights towards animal welfare science and law. Survey results from Sassari University, Italy / Varoni, Maria V; Serra, Pier A; Sanna Passino, Eraldo. - In: SCIENCE PROGRESS. - ISSN 0036-8504. - 106:1(2023). [10.1177/00368504221150071]
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