The Concepts in Animal Welfare (known as CAW) syllabus is being launched NOW and is a major teaching tool for veterinary institutions to ensure that animal welfare science and theory is taught accurately and effectively. It includes up to date scientific findings, bringing teachers and students the latest animal welfare research, law and teaching examples from all over the world. Academically robust and unbiased, CAW allows staff and students to examine all sides of the ethical debate.

This new edition includes new modules on disaster management as well as expanded modules on fish welfare. Additionally, the lecturers are supported with an advanced support pack of student activities and learning opportunities.

Previous editions of CAW have been used by over 750 faculties worldwide and it is a highly respected resource with endorsements from the Pan-American Veterinary Association and South-East Asian Veterinary School Association.

WSPA also has a successful partnership with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association and Ministry of Education in China; who have announced they will be instating animal welfare and protection as a core course for veterinary students.

Ruth de Vere, WSPA Head of Education:

“High quality veterinary training is essential to enhancing the provision of veterinary care. If society wants vets to be the guardians of animal welfare and the practitioners of good welfare, then it must be included within their education from the outset.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) recognises that many veterinary professionals were not trained in animal welfare science themselves and we are providing the most up to date, enlightening, and robust teaching tools to allow educators to fulfill their job effortlessly.

I am very proud of this resource and the international support and endorsement from organisations and veterinary associations speaks for itself.”

This latest development comes as WSPA CEO Mike Baker attends the World Veterinary Association Congress this September to sign a landmark.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Animal Welfare, recognising that animal health, animal welfare and public health are strongly linked.

WSPA CEO, Mike Baker says:

“Signing this MoU is a proud moment for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). To date WSPA has achieved general consultative status with the United Nations and has a strong partnership with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

This MOU with the World Veterinary Association is another important step in raising animal protection issues with a leading influencer of global animal welfare policy and practice.”

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