Course Content

There are four individual Courses within CAWSEL. You can choose to attend as many as you wish as they are taught and priced individually. Those who do not have a background in biology, zoology or veterinary science should attend the first Course, as this provides the background to animal welfare science.

 

 To read more about the content of each Course, please click on the titles below:
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When: Sunday, 10 – Tuesday, 12 September
Where: JCR, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge

How Much:
Student/Charity – £750
Adult – £885

discounts available for booking 2 or more courses

Content:

Introduction – Concepts of animal welfare. Problems to be addressed.

Introduction to welfare assessment – behaviour, physiology and motivation, preference and aversion testing etc. Examples given in this module include farm animals, companion animals, horses, laboratory animals, zoo animals and wild animals.

Behaviour – methods of study. Functional systems of behaviour: social, feeding, hazard avoidance, body maintenance and implications for welfare. Abnormal behaviour as an indicator of poor welfare.

Motivation, self-awareness and cognition in animals. Learning.

Motivational investigations in the assessment of welfare. Preference testing, operant testing, measures of aversion.

Physiological indicators of welfare. Measurement of stress responses. Immune system function and welfare. Pathological effects of stress. Relationships between welfare indicators. Using a range of methods in combination to assess welfare.

The welfare of zoo animals – topics to be discussed include the evolution of zoos; why welfare problems might arise in zoo animals; what sort of husbandry techniques can be used to maintain good welfare, or to improve welfare in cases where a problem has arisen; how zoo animal welfare can affect the conservation role of modern zoos. Some case studies of primate welfare assessments will be discussed.


 

When: Wednesday, 13 – Saturday, 16 September
Where: JCR, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge

How Much:
Student/Charity – £1,000
Adult – £1,180

if you are interested in attending only the Horse Welfare elements of this course, please get in touch.
discounts available for booking 2 or more courses

Content:

Participants will be expected to have read required material on welfare legislation, companion animal welfare issues, human–animal relationships and horse welfare.

Legislation protecting all domesticated species – Protection of Animals Acts. Legislation on animal welfare in the UK and the EU in relation to farm animals. Legal protection of animals used in experimentation. Transport legislation and guidelines. The veterinary surgeon as expert witness in animal welfare cases.

Companion animal welfare issues – cruelty; neglect; behavioural problems; review of studies comparing different kennel and cattery designs and management systems; stray animals; shelter animals.

Human–animal relationships (historical and contemporary) – influence of culture, socio-economic background and urbanisation. The role of the media in influencing public attitudes to animals and animal issues.

Horse welfare – the effects of housing and management systems, training procedures, reproduction management, exercise and work on horse welfare. The causation of poor welfare in horses.

Exotic species – exotic species are more and more being kept as pets, from reptiles and amphibians to chinchillas and degus. Yet the behavioural needs of many of these animals are not being fulfilled in captivity with consequent failings with regard to their health and welfare. Should these animals be kept as companion animals at all and how can their welfare be optimised?


 

When: Monday, 18 – Wednesday, 20 September
Where: JCR, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge

How Much:
Student/Charity – £750
Adult – £885

discounts available for booking 2 or more courses

Content:

Participants will be expected to have read required material on ethics, laboratory animal welfare, utility animals and the veterinary surgeons role in animal welfare.

Ethics and welfare – public attitudes to welfare. Cultural and religious perspectives. Areas of conflict between human and animal interests.

Laboratory animals – ethics in use. Housing and welfare. Stress associated with experimentation. Use of alternatives to animals. Requirements of regulatory authorities.

Welfare concerns for utility animals used in racing and hunting – working dogs, guide dogs and hearing dogs, show animals and their breeding.

The Veterinary Surgeon’s role in animal welfare – the State Veterinary Service; private practice; the named veterinary surgeon (experimental animals); interactions with animal welfare organisations.


 

When: Thursday, 21 – Friday, 22 September
Where: JCR, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge

How Much:
Student/Charity – £500
Adult – £590

discounts available for booking 2 or more courses

Content:

Participants will be expected to have read required material on farm animal housing, transport, operations and slaughter.

Review of studies comparing different conventional and alternative housing systems for farm livestock – their effects on health and welfare.

Understanding of environmental factors affecting welfare – pen design, stocking density, safety aspects, building design. Problems associated with barren and enriched environments, social grouping and husbandry procedures. Methods of assessing and improving environments.

Diseases related to animal housing – lameness in cattle, leg weakness in poultry, wounding due to aggressive behaviour in pigs and poultry.

Specific problems of farm animals – identification of casualty animals, transport, slaughter.

Effects of routine surgical procedures – castration, tail docking, beak trimming.


Full timetable for the two weeks available to download HERE


CAWSEL 2017

         


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)