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I. Education & Training/Capacity Building

Animal Welfare Courses
Humane Education
Animal Welfare Education
Animal Welfare Training
Capacity Building

Animal Welfare Courses

World Animal Protection

Advanced Concepts of Animal Welfare

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.

Cambridge University

Course on Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law (CAWSEL)

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

International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law (Online Distance Learning)

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.

MSc. in Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare

An on-campus, research-based program.

Coursera Course: Animal Behavior and Welfare

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 Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education

The JMICAWE also offers a range of animal welfare resources, including links to courses.

University of Winchester

MSc. Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

A distance learning course which accepts international students.

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona

Master in Animal Law and Society

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)

Online Certificate in Animal Welfare

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)

Web-Based Portal for Animal Welfare Education

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

Animal Welfare Teaching in European Veterinary Faculties

Humane Society Academy

Courses, Programs and Webinars

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. 

Humane Education

World Animal Net

Humane Education Information, Advice and Links to Resources

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

Humane Education Resource Guide

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

Humane Education Lesson Plans and Service-Learning Projects

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.

Animal Welfare Worksheets

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.

Animal Welfare Education

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Animal Action Education

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

First Concepts in Animal Welfare

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.

Animal Welfare Training


Improved Animal Welfare Training

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.

European Commission

Better Training for Safer Food: Animal Welfare

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:

Animal Welfare Training

Professional Welfare Officer training, education and consultancy

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 Training

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)

Training and Education

The HSA provides training for stockmen in handling animals during transport, in markets and for slaughter. 

Animals Angels

Police Training

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.


Capacity Building

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Capacity building to implement good animal welfare practices: Report of the FAO Expert Meeting

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. 



European Union

European Animal Welfare Platform

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)

Good Agricultural Practice

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).

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