I. Education & Training/Capacity Building
World Animal Protection
Downloadable 35 module tertiary education course, with lecture support notes.
To help vets, animal scientists, university lecturers, and other professionals to develop their knowledge, and educators to incorporate animal welfare into the education of veterinary students.
This course takes place at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK. The entire course is less than two weeks, and it is broken down into modules, which can be studied separately.
Each year the Douglas Houghton Memorial Fund gives financial support for one or two people registering for the course.
University of Edinburgh
The overall objective of this online distance learning program is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms. Post graduate.
The program is delivered by researchers and teachers from both the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.
An on-campus, research-based program.
This is an On-Demand Coursera course from the University of Edinburgh. You can start the course at any time and work through the course materials at your own pace. It works to improve understanding of animal welfare through the fascinating study of animal behavior, as well as the challenge of accessing the emotions of animals.
The JMICAWE also offers a range of animal welfare resources, including links to courses.
University of Winchester
A distance learning course which accepts international students.
Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona
Online Distance Learning and on campus research-based program.
The Master in Animal Law and Society is a specialization program, which aims to train experts in work related with animals from a comparative legal perspective, taking into account the needs of a global society.
Cambridge E-Learning Institute (CEI)
The Online Certificate in Animal Welfare provides the same information as that in the university courses, but enables more study flexibility. You can complete the several modules at your own pace, when it suits you, from your own home.
Animal Welfare Indicators Project (AWIN)
The European funded AWIN project has developed a web based portal for animal welfare education resources. These include a repository of animal welfare courses and training available worldwide and a collection of free to use downloadable learning materials, on many animal welfare topics.
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
Humane Society Academy
A variety of development opportunities for professionals, volunteers, and advocates in the field of animal protection. Online offerings include self-paced and instructor-led courses, certificate programs, and webinars.
Scholarships are available for students seeking certification in animal sheltering or humane education.
World Animal Net
A collection of humane education “best practice”.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), with support from ASPCA
A humane education resource guide intended for not only educators, but also concerned citizens who do not have a formal background in teaching. The guide consists of a total of 40 lessons and activities.
The Humane Society of the United States
Free downloadable lesson plans, listed in order by grade level, designed to teach age-appropriate, standards-based academic skills and major character concepts - kindness, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and integrity - while reinforcing those ideas as they apply to our treatment of animals.
A collection of free downloadable worksheets to teach students in grades K-6 about animals and animal issues while also covering the major subject areas.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
A library of free education resources on a wide variety of animal welfare and conservation themes, which are aligned with core curricula for both primary and secondary children. Materials, which focus on both individual species and cross-cutting issues, include films, teaching guides, lessons, student magazines, worksheets, arts and crafts, and interactive activities. In addition to the UK library, these resources are available in more than a dozen languages and dialects for use in schools worldwide.
World Animal Protection
Animal welfare education tools for 5-16 year olds.
There are links to other animal welfare education resources in the above WAN Humane Education resource.
The OIE improved animal welfare program has been developed as a capacity building program to assist recipient countries implement OIE animal welfare standards on land transport and slaughter. To date the training program has been applied for transport and slaughter of cattle, sheep and pigs. The training program is designed as a training of trainers program.
Better Training for Safer Food is a Commission training initiative covering food and feed law, animal health and welfare and plant health. Eligible participants are Public Veterinary Officers belonging to the National Competent Authorities of EU Member States, EFTA, Candidates and Third Countries involved in the official controls on Animal Welfare aspects and the development of best practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards on this issue. See also: http://www.sancotraining.izs.it/joomla/.
Animal Welfare Training
International animal welfare training, education and consultancy for the meat industry. Includes Animal/Poultry Welfare Officer courses and Training Trainer programs. Constant course creation and development using the latest hardware and software. AWT has a vast ( probably unique ) media library of high quality images as well as digital SD/HD movie data as a consequence of constant international training and consultancy which constitutes the media core of many training courses, programs and presentations.
University of Bristol
Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) training and Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO) training. The training consists of a two day course with assessments that meet the requirements of EU Regulation.
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA)
The HSA provides training for stockmen in handling animals during transport, in markets and for slaughter.
Animals Angels conducts seminars on animal transport for police and border guards. It also distributes handbooks which offer the police practical advice on checking lorries on the road.
IRTA is a research institute of the Government of Catalonia ascribed to the Department of Agriculture. The Animal Welfare sub program focuses on the behavior and welfare of cattle, pigs and sheep on farms, during transport and in the slaughter process. The breadth of the topic of animal welfare allows it to be included in different research lines, such as meat and carcass quality, nutrition, genetics, and species such as rabbits, ruminants, poultry and aquaculture. Their lines of work are: animal welfare during slaughter; animal welfare during transport; evaluation of animal welfare on farms and at the abattoir and alternatives to painful practices.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
This report was compiled as the result of an Expert Meeting in 2008. The report covers all animals used in food production, including draft animals. The resource is intended to assist in the integration of animal welfare into the livestock sector, especially in developing regions. The report covers such aspects as: culturally appropriate approaches, fostering application of animal welfare science and dissemination of scientific infofmation, standards and legislation, capacity building for improving animal welfare and strategies for implementing capacity building.
The European Animal Welfare Platform (EAWP) aims at improving farm animal welfare throughout the food chain. It does so by providing a discussion platform where stakeholders like farmers, processors, retailers, academics and a variety of NGOs can meet. It will define and disseminate best practices for safeguarding and improving animal welfare in the food supply chain.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
Animal welfare aspects of Good Agricultural Practice for pigs and broiler case studies. The pigs resource includes book, film, PowerPoint, case studies and lecturers’ notes on pig welfare for agriculture, veterinary and animal science courses.
Humane Slaughter Association (HSA)
It also provides a wide selection of resources including a collection of material for personnel training in transport, marketing and slaughter of animals (which includes printed publications, DVDs and online guides).