Animal welfare: for higher education

We offer advanced animal welfare training for people who work with animals worldwide

Support for professionals

Demand for better animal welfare is growing, but many people who work with animals struggle to find relevant training. So we launched our Advanced Concepts in Animal Welfare (ACAW) programme. It helps vets, animal scientists, university lecturers, and other professionals develop their knowledge. By practising and passing on what they learn, ACAW-trained experts can improve the lives of millions of animals globally. 

We engaged with 450 lecturers in 20 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia to create relevant, effective teaching materials

Advanced animal education: our solution

Originally developed with the Bristol School of Veterinary Science (UK), our 35-module ACAW teaching materials:

  • are distributed to more than 850 vet schools worldwide
  • are available in Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai
  • include new modules on fish welfare, veterinary disaster management and the role of the World Organisation for Animal Health.

The impact of our training goes far beyond the classroom. Teachers who deliver the ACAW course go on to:

  • Encourage the use of alternatives to animals at their vet schools
  • Set up animal welfare steering committees
  • Translate our materials into other languages
  • Work with government agencies to improve animal welfare
  • Influence welfare legislation and guidelines.

Learn about our Concepts in Animal Welfare syllabus and download the latest resources.

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Improving teaching standards

We have worked with the support of the World Veterinary Association to propose animal welfare objectives that all vet schools could adopt.

And, throughout 2014, we have been inviting feedback on our proposed set of standards for veterinary education. View the results of the survey here.