We are sorry to announce that after careful consideration of the global situation, and with the health and wellbeing of our participants & lecturers in mind, the 2020 edition of CAWSEL will not be going ahead this September.

We hope to be back soon!

In the meantime, please check back on this website for updates.

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Are you a veterinarian, veterinary nurse (working in practice or for government or animal charities), animal welfare researcher, FE, HE, Masters or PhD student or animal charity worker/campaigner looking to gain a solid background in animal welfare science, ethics and law?
CAWSEL is comprised of 4 independent courses and you can attend as many as you choose. If you wish to attend certain days only, please get in touch for a conversation. Please scroll down for more information.
When: returning soon
What:  3-day course – Introduction to welfare assessment; Behaviour – methods of study; Motivation, self-awareness and cognition; Physiological indicators of welfare; The welfare of zoo animals;
When: returning soon 
What: 4-day course – Legislation protecting domesticated species; Companion animal welfare issues; Human–animal relationships; Effects of housing and management systems; Exotic species as companion animals;
When: returning soon
What:  3-day course – Ethics and welfare; Public attitudes to welfare; Laboratory animals; Welfare concerns for utility animals used in racing and hunting; Veterinary Surgeon’s role in animal welfare;
When: returning soon 
What: 2-day course – Conventional and alternative housing systems; Understanding of environmental factors; Diseases related to animal housing; Specific problems of farm animals; Effects of routine surgical procedure;
CAWSEL has historically taken place at St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. The College, which was founded in 1473, is on Trumpington Street, in the centre of the city – within short walking distance of most university departments and numerous historic buildings and collections. St. Catharine’s is committed to academic excellence and success, while maintaining a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. Cambridge is a city for all season! While in Cambridge you have the opportunity to explore quaint passages around the historic market place and colleges, be inspired by the many museums and art galleries and admire the majestic college buildings. Take time to relax in the many beautiful pubsrestaurants and cafes and maybe see live music or comedy at the Corn Exchange.
"For over two decades the courses have been educating people from around the world. Although in our digital age, courses increasingly are taught online and the students kept ever more remote from the teachers and other students, CAWSEL bucks the trend and continues to bring everyone together – enthusiastic students and teachers – in one real and beautiful place, Cambridge. Join us for thought-provoking lectures and interesting and entertaining discussions. Oh, and make great new friends too!”
Dr Anthony Podberscek
Course Organiser
Meet our CAWSEL Ambassadors
Research, Education and Conservation 
Manager at Twycross Zoo
“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! 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. ”
Jess would be delighted to share with you her CAWSEL experience
VMD Food Animal Resident,
Field Service, University of Pennsylvania School of 
Veterinary Medicine
“I take any opportunity to learn about the welfare challenges and requirements for all species. CAWSEL went above and beyond in providing such an experience, and I cannot recommend the program highly enough to anyone in the field looking to expand their repertoire of animal welfare knowledge.”
Tara attended CAWSEL in 2019 and is excited to help us spread the word about our wonderful courses
Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law care of Dr Anthony Podberscek, University of Sydney