We understand the concerns surrounding the present global situation around COVID-19 which is being closely monitored by organisers in the UK. We are following Government advice and anticipate to review decisions in regards to CAWSEL 2020 at the end of May.
This unprecedented situation is changing daily so we remain watchful but also focused on creating and delivering what is an extremely valuable course for our participants. We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgement, taking the advice of the relevant authorities and scientists. Mindful of our duty of care, we are carefully monitoring and consulting the expert advice on appropriate sanitary, health and other measures and can assure our participants that appropriate measures will be in place during the course if still relevant in the months just before CAWSEL. If a decision to cancel is made at any stage, we will communicate this to registered participants by email and via this website.
We appreciate that the current situation will make it difficult for decisions to be made and financial support to be awarded and we are happy to discuss this further if you are considering booking a place on the courses. At the moment, our standard T&C’s apply, in that all cancellations made before June 11 will receive a full refund (but for a £45 admin charge): https://cawsel.com/terms-and-conditions.
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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: 6-8 September 2020 
Where: St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK 
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;
How much: multi-course booking discounts apply
Student / Charity: early bird £750
Adult: early bird £885
When: 9-12 September 2020 
Where: St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK 
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;
How much:  multi-course booking discounts apply
Student / Charity: early bird £1,000
Adult: early bird £1,180
When: 14-16 September 2020 
Where: St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK 
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;
How much: multi-course booking discounts apply
Student / Charity: early bird £750
Adult: early bird £885
When: 17-18 September 2020 
Where: St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK
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;
How much: multi-course booking discounts apply
Student / Charity: early bird £500
Adult: early bird £590
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

Contact Us

Appointed course organiser:
Opening Doors & Venues for and on behalf of CAWSEL
TEL +44 (0) 1562 731 788 (UK)
EMAIL CAWSEL@opening-doors.org.uk
Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law care of Dr Anthony Podberscek, University of Sydney
(via appointed organiser Opening Doors & Venues Limited, Wassell Grove Business Centre, Wassell Grove Lane, Stourbridge, DY9 9JH, United Kingdom, Tel. +44 (0) 1562 731788)