Animal Behavior & Welfare

at Michigan State University

The Animal Behavior and Welfare Group (ABWG) at Michigan State University (MSU) examines the impact of housing and management practices on the quality of life for animals and works to provide a scientific foundation for animal welfare standards.



The mission of the ABWG is to scientifically study the impact management and environment have on animal behavior and animal welfare.


The goals of the MSU ABWG are to discover solutions to practical problems facing animal-related industries and assist industries with implementing these solutions in socially responsible and sustainable ways.

Student Opportunities

Students interested in animal behavior and welfare have opportunities to take a number of courses, participate in the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest, and conduct research. Talk to a faculty member for more information or additional opportunities.

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