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We are extremely pleased to be returning to our now home venue, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, for #CAWSEL19, from the 8th to the 20th of September.

What is CAWSEL?

CAWSEL is a professionally developed range of courses aimed at providing attendees with an in-depth appreciation of animal welfare science, ethics and law. The topics covered include: Welfare Concepts and Assessment, and Zoo Animal Welfare; Law and Companion Animal and Horse Welfare; Principles of Ethics in Relation to Animal Use and Farm Animal Welfare.

Who can attend?

With a legacy spanning well over two decades, CAWSEL is comprised of four Courses aimed at anyone with a keen interest in animal welfare, from veterinarians, veterinary nurses, animal welfare researchers and animal science researchers to FE, HE, Masters or PhD students and animal charity workers or campaigners. Participants can choose to attend as many Courses as they wish, all being taught and priced individually. Historically, the classroom-style courses have attracted students from over 25 countries world-wide.

2018 CAWSEL participant, Heather Crawford (PhD Student, Murdoch University, Western Australia), describes the courses as “fantastic”. Heather “attended all four courses and found topic coverage was comprehensive and the research presented often ground breaking.”

Who will be teaching?

15 experts in the field of animal welfare, all highly regarded academics and professionals, are involved in delivering the material over the two weeks, through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions.

Amongst them are Robert Hubrecht OBE, Chief Executive of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and co-editor of the UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals; Professor Emeritus Donald Broom (Cambridge University) who has lectured on animal welfare in 43 countries, had published over 200 refereed papers and seven books; Professor Emeritus David Morton, awarded a CBE for his “services to the UK and International Veterinary Profession especially Animal Welfare and Ethics”; and course organiser, Dr Anthony Podberscek (University of Sydney), board member of The International Society for Anthrozoology and editor-in-chief of Anthrozoös, the multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals.

Early Bird Fees (valid until April 30th) vary from £400 to £980 per Course, and some grants are available via the Douglas Houghton Memorial Fund. We also offer Student and Charity rates. We take online registrations only for all four Courses. Find out more including fees and available grants on our official website: www.cawsel.com

For more information on this course, contact Madalina Marincas at Opening Doors & Venues, the appointed organisers:

Tel: +44 (0) 1562 731788

Email: CAWSEL@opening-doors.org.uk

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Former UFAW Scholarship Award winner becomes British Veterinary Association (BVA) President

UFAW extends its congratulations to Sean Wensley BVSc MSc Grad DMS MRCVS on his recent appointment as President of the BVA.

Sean, who is now the Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at veterinary charity the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), was awarded a student scholarship by UFAW in 2000 to undertake a research project on the behaviour and welfare of caged pet zebra finches.  Sean’s research drew attention to deficiencies in zebra finch husbandry and he made recommendations on how their care could be improved.  Having had his interest in animal welfare science sparked, Sean went on to study for a Masters degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare at Edinburgh Veterinary School.

UFAW Chief Executive Dr Robert Hubrecht said: “We at UFAW congratulate Sean on becoming President of the BVA and look forward to working with him on areas of mutual interest over the coming year”.