Continuing Education

One of the main ways in which AWSELVA achieves its Mission is by providing high quality continuing education through our Journal and Conferences.

Our members also have involvement with a wide range of continuing education activities, some of which are listed below:


CAWSEL Courses in Animal Welfare Science Ethics and Law

CAWSEL is aimed at veterinarians, veterinary nurses (working in practice or for government or animal charities), animal welfare researchers, animal science researchers, FE, HE, Masters or PhD students and animal charity workers/campaigners. Hosted at the University of Cambridge. 

Courses in: 

Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare

Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare

Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use

Farm Animal Welfare 

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RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP)

The RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) allows candidates to include some modules of their choice to reflect their special interests. It is possible to include modules in both the theory and practice of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law within this framework.

University of Bristol Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (AWSEL) workshop

Bristol University has designed two postgraduate AWSEL units for veterinary surgeons that contribute towards completing the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP). These can also be taken as part of the training programme for veterinary surgeons wishing to become Welfare Diplomates of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). Recruitment to both modules is on-going, with start dates to suit the candidate. The two day course (CAWSEL1) is usually held in November each year.

European sub-speciality of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (AWSEL)

The newly formed European sub-speciality of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (AWSEL), part of the College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM), will develop a diploma residency programme for European veterinary surgeons wishing to specialise in this field. It is expected that the first courses will be available for enrolment from 2012 and that these will eventually replace the RCVS Diploma. More information is available here.

In the first five years, the AWSEL college will accept 'de facto' diplomats; diplomats who are not required to undertake a residency programme or submit to examination in order to become a diplomat. To be eligible for application, certain criteria must be met, such as at least seven years of professional experience in the speciality and spending at least 60% of a full-time working week in animal welfare science, ethics and law. The responsibility for approval of de facto applications will be done by the credentials committee of the parent college ECAWBM. More information on 'de facto' recognition and an application form are available here. Deadline is 15th April 2016.

Associate members (non-veterinarians) may apply at any time and are recognised as being able to contribute valuably to the College through their expert knowledge and providing supervision and placements for residents, for example in welfare science, governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations. More information and the application form can be found on the AW page of ECAWBM.

MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, University of Edinburgh, UK

This course has an international reputation for its teaching on current issues in the area of animal behaviour and welfare. First run in October 1990, the course welcomes around 25 students each year from different countries around the world.

MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Newcastle, UK

This specialist course is designed to prepare you for a professional career in the management of animal behaviour in domestic or captive settings, including clinical animal behaviour counselling and captive animal welfare assessment.

Online MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law, University of Edinburgh, UK

This programme focuses on the international use of animal welfare science and the associated ethics, policy and law. It is the first and only online programme in International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law.

MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, University of Winchester, UK

This MSc at Winchester critically reflects upon contemporary uses of animals, and provides the academic skills and expertise needed to protect animals and advance their welfare. A veterinary background is not necessary, but for veterinarians pursuing specialist qualifications in animal welfare, this programme covers the theoretical syllabus required for the European and US qualifications. It’s available full- or part-time through distance-learning.

BSc Biological Sciences (Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics), Royal Veterinary College, UK

Based within the University of London, this course teaches a broad range of biological skills, and applies them to enable the scientific study of animal behaviour and welfare. Ethical frameworks are also taught so that potential welfare issues can be morally and logically evaluated. There will be opportunities to study welfare and behaviour across diverse species, including farm, companion, laboratory and zoo animals.

An Introduction to the role of the Veterinary Team in Court -30th and 31st October 2017

Would you know what to expect if you were called to court as a professional witness?

  • Are you familiar with the court process?
  • Are you confident you could write a report which would stand up to scrutiny in court?

Renowned veterinary surgeons, Peter Jinman OBE and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Paul Roger European Specialist in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law are here to help; with what can be a daunting situation even for the most experienced practice members.

Suitable for all members of the veterinary team

This interactive, engaging course introduces participants in a friendly environment to:

  • The preparation and delivery of evidence to put into a legal framework.
  • Meaningful data recording in practice
  • Report writing for a variety of circumstances eg for insurance companies, for clients or for any matters requiring veterinary input in our court systems including the duties and professional obligations associated with the writing of these reports

You will role play and practise writing reports while learning how to collect, preserve and present evidence and, where appropriate, interpret it for use in the legal context. You will become familiar with the responsibilities and duties linked to the provision of professional reports and the different types of evidence and their application within the civil, criminal and alternative dispute procedures.

By the end of the course participants will understand:

  • The basis of civil and criminal court systems
  • Methods of alternative dispute resolution
  • The importance of gathering and preserving evidence
  • How to structure and prepare a report for use in the legal context
  • The different duties and roles of witnesses within the court system
  • The professional obligations and duties of all parties involved
  • How to distinguish between different types of evidence presented in court

A course dinner is planned for the evening of Monday October 30th at Alexandra House to allow for further informal discussion between participants and the speakers. This dinner can be reserved along with your accommodation, if required, directly with Alexandra House, Swindon on 01793 …………Payment for the dinner and B&B is due to Alexandra House. Booking at:

Course fees £595 plus VAT.

Places limited to 20.

Peter Jinman:  OBE BVetMed DipArb FCIArb MRCVS