The many programs and activities of the school all involve improving animal well being. The IAWTI organization engages interested faculty from the school of veterinary medicine, animal sciences and other experts to identify gaps in knowledge and science in important animal welfare issues. The institute addresses animal welfare issues via the invited lecture series to engages students, faculty, and staff in educational forums hosted at UC Davis. By providing an unbiased view of animal welfare issues we can carefully examine potential solutions and areas for further research to make the right decisions on behalf of animals. The institute allows an opportunity for faculty and directors of other centers which have a focus on various species, to meet and discuss collaborative welfare oriented projects and opportunities which can be pursued within their own funded programs.