Animal welfare is a complex issue with implications traversing a broad range of societal concerns. Professionals in animal-related industries, including veterinarians and animal scientists, are being called upon to assess the welfare of animals, but few are adequately trained to do so. To address the growing need for professionals trained to evaluate animal welfare, the Michigan State University (MSU) Animal Behavior and Welfare Group (ABWG) designs and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in animal welfare applied animal behavior and contemporary issues.