Societal expectations for farm animal welfare are quickly evolving, and many production systems are under pressure to improve the welfare of their animals.

Emerging research innovations will hopefully deliver better welfare outcomes, but sustainable improvements to animal welfare are only possible if people across the value chain are actively engaged. With the generous support from UQ, QAAFI’s Professor of Animal Welfare Alan Tilbrook and QAAFI’s policy scientist Dr Jill Fernandes have partnered with multiple stakeholders to establish an academic think tank on animal welfare called The Animal Welfare Collaborative. The goal? To make Australia a global leader in animal welfare.

Dr Jill Fernandes

Centre for Animal Science, QAAFI, The University of Queensland

Dr Fernandes is a public policy scientist in the Centre for Animal Science in QAAFI at The University of Queensland. Trained as a microbiologist and political scientist, Jill undertakes research in the field of public policy and governance, with a particular interest in animal welfare policy.


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Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation hosts science seminars across the disciplines of animal, horticulture, crop, food and nutritional sciences.

With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute at The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


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