College of Veterinary Medicine

Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being

Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being

The Center for the Study of Animal Well-Being (CSAW) at Washington State University is a cooperative effort between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. The goals of CSAW are to generate and disseminate new knowledge aimed at improving the well-being of animals, to enhance the mutual benefits of human-animal interactions and to develop and present educational and public service programs on animal well-being and human-animal interactions.

Both domestic and wild animals represent emotional, ecological, and economical values to humanity. There is public concern about animal use in education, research, food production, entertainment, and as companions. It is important for society to learn more about the biological and psychological needs of all animals in order to determine what factors of animal care and use controlled by humans are truly in the animals' best interest.

Dr. Sylvie Cloutier

A research assistant professor of CSAW, Dr. Cloutier studies factors affecting the behavior and well-being of animals used in agricultural production and laboratory animals used in biomedical research. Of particular interest, is her work towards improving the quality of interactions between animals and human caretakers/researchers. It is her hope that this research will lead to improvements in the reliability of animal models and the validity of research data collected from animals used in biomedical research and of animal well-being.

  Dr. Sylvie Cloutier

Dr. Jaak Panksepp

The newest addition to CSAW, recently appointed as the Baily Endowed Chair for Animal Well-Being Science at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Panksepp’s internationally recognized work has focused on the nature of the basic emotional systems of the mammalian brain, with the most recent work devoted to analyzing the brain mechanisms that mediate separation distress and social bonding. His discovery of the nature of social joy by studying the psychobiological controls of juvenile playfulness and the accompanying laughter-type sounds has redefined many of the current models of animal emotion understanding. Currently, his work is aimed at deepening and broadening our understanding of these systems biologically as well as exploring the consequences of this knowledge for understanding animal and human mental health issues.
  Dr. Jaak Panksepp

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Lynne Haley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

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