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 ‘participant perspective’ so don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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! 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!”


VMD Food Animal Resident, Field Service, New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

I developed a passion for animal agriculture while completing my degree in Animal Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. While in veterinary school at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet), I also began to develop a curiosity for animal welfare and its quickly growing importance in veterinary medicine and animal agriculture. After graduating in 2017, I continued working at PennVet as a food animal veterinary intern, then resident, with the Field Service department while concurrently training for board certification in Animal Welfare through the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW). I spend most of my time taking veterinary students with me on farm calls, treating food and fiber animals and educating students on how to diagnose disease and perform advanced medical treatments and surgical techniques. 
My research and teaching interests in animal welfare focus mainly on food and fiber-producing species, but 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.
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Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law care of Dr Anthony Podberscek, University of Sydney