Invitation to participate in equine welfare survey

You are invited to participate in a survey-based study being conducted by an animal behaviour and welfare student at the University of Guelph.

This survey has been approved by the Research Ethics Board of the University of Guelph and is being distributed to Canadian horse enthusiasts in order to determine industry prevalence and predominant opinions of horse welfare issues.

The objectives of the survey are to understand industry management practices, rationale and frequency for contacting veterinarians, and attitudes toward behaviour and welfare. Findings will not only help this student complete a major project for her M.Sc. in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, it may also benefit the Canadian horse industry.

Please take 20-30 minutes to complete the survey. To participate, you must be 18 years of age and a resident of Canada. The survey is unbiased and confidential, and if at any time you wish to discontinue, you may do so. For your help, there is an opportunity to enter a prize draw for a two-week online education course offered by Equine Guelph (choice of Behaviour & Safety, Colic Prevention, or Biosecurity course offered in Fall 2015 or Winter 2016)!

To continue with the survey, click HERE:

Should you have any questions pertaining to this project, please do not hesitate to contact:

Lindsay Nakonechny
M.Sc. Animal Behaviour and Welfare student
(780) 819-4914


Dr. Katrina Merkies: Faculty Supervisor
Associate Professor
Dept. of Animal & Poultry Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada. N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120 x54707


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