CAWSEL is incredibly lucky to count on the support and enthusiasm of some extraordinary people who have experienced the course first-hand. Read below what our Ambassadors have to say about CAWSEL. If you have any questions at all, they would be happy to share their ‘student perspective’ so don’t hesitate to get in touch by using the emails below.

JESS RENDLE, BSc (Hons) MSc ATLS, PhD Candidate, Murdoch University, Western Australia (2016 attendee)


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“I have taken part in several animal welfare courses over the years, but none that have had the huge impact on me personally, and professionally, as CAWSEL! I attended the complete CAWSEL package of courses in September 2016, with each course providing the opportunity to learn about animal welfare science, ethics and law in a fun, informal, yet challenging way.  I networked with people from a range of countries and from a variety of animal-related backgrounds, including animal welfare officers, animal welfare charity workers, zoo scientists, animal trainers, government veterinarians, lawyers and students. The topics covered during CAWSEL, coupled with the interesting course attendees, stimulated thought-provoking and interesting discussions that have led to a deeper appreciation of animal welfare in the broadest context. It has also led to friendships that I will hold dear for a lifetime.

I have a history of working in various animal-related fields, ranging from teaching Animal Welfare and Veterinary Health at both FE and HE levels, to being an Animal Welfare Enforcement Office for local government, to working in the pet trade and even owning my own animal hotel. I have a broad interest in animal welfare which has led to the undertaking of several courses and obtaining qualifications in animal related subjects including the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare run by the University of Edinburgh, and practical courses such as Livestock Management, and Stockmanship and Welfare courses – designed to improve standards of stock personnel working with companion and production species, respectively. I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Health, an MSc in Animal Welfare and I am currently undertaking a PhD in Animal Health and Welfare.

I aspire to work in animal welfare science, ultimately having a career that will lead to positive changes to the welfare of animals under human management. Attending CAWSEL has provided me with a practical framework of animal welfare knowledge and understanding that I will utilise my future career!”

CRISTINA ACASUSO-RIVERO, PhD Student, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (2016 attendee)


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“Attending CAWSEL 2016 was a unique opportunity for me. I was impressed by the accessibility of discussion and the essence of the content. Participation involves passionate work and the comprehension of basic (and not so basic) concepts of animal welfare science. Besides of essentials, realistic scenarios of the present are discussed and tackled for different species in diverse geographic situations.

The challenge of animal welfare science, at least as I see it, is that many concepts are abstract and not necessarily intuitive. Moreover, these must become quantitative and scrutinised via a scientific methodology. Hence, to transmit the understanding of these concepts requires teaching skills. Therefore, highly qualified lecturers have been carefully chosen to review the most relevant subjects involving animal welfare and the interactions between human and non-human animals.

All together, CAWSEL provides an opportunity to directly interact with some of the most prominent researchers in the field. The openness of attendees and the variety of their backgrounds promotes an atmosphere for discussion under a great diversity of viewpoints. For instance, I particularly enjoyed talking to governors of different countries, who make decisions for the management of species under different socio-cultural circumstances. I definitely recommend some prior training on animal welfare science to make the most of the course. One should be prepared to absorb a good amount of information in little time.

If you want to plan activities in Cambridge during this course, I would be happy to show you around, walk around the colleges, and drink a nice beer too.”


Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law care of Dr Anthony Podberscek, University of Sydney
(via appointed organiser Opening Doors & Venues, Wassell Grove Business Centre, Wassell Grove Lane, Stourbridge, DY9 9JH, Tel. +44 (0) 1562 731788)