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Animals, Volume 8, Issue 9 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Veterinary students are the future generation of practitioners, and thus they will be in charge of [...] Read more. Veterinary students are the future generation of practitioners, and thus they will be in charge of protecting animal welfare. This study investigated whether the attitudes of future veterinarians in three Italian universities were compatible with the promotion of good animal welfare. This was achieved by surveying veterinary students to identify the individual and experiential factors that may affect their attitudes towards non-human animals and their well-being. Familiarity and intention to work with livestock was found to be associated with a less positive attitude. Students also considered the freedom to express normal behaviours and the freedom from fear and distress to be less important for livestock than for pets. Veterinary curricula should take these findings into account to improve the attitudes of students in order to improve animal welfare, especially the welfare of livestock. View this paper