Quality of Life assessment tools – Animal Welfare Assessment Grid

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3.a. Animal Welfare Assessment Grid

Published 31 August 2021 | Updated 15 May 2024

The Animal Welfare Assessment Grid (AWAG) was developed for monitoring the welfare and cumulative lifetime experience of primates in research institutions. It has been adapted for other species and a web-based software application has been designed for capturing, storing and visualising animal welfare assessment data.

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