AR-News: First International Online Course in Animal Welfare
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Thu Feb 26 09:17:52 EST 2004
First International Online Course in Animal Welfare
There is very little understanding of the science of Animal Welfare in the
world today. Many people still confuse it with the philosophy of animal
rights. Although ethics and animal welfare science are interlinked, the
animal rights movement advocates the abolishment of exploitation of
animals, whereas the concepts of animal welfare can be applied to
situations in which we currently keep animals in captivity. Knowledge about
animal behaviour and welfare can be used to improve their lives.
Animal welfare is an issue that is being taken increasingly seriously by
consumers, producers and governments. For example, the European Unionhas
several directives focusing specifically on the welfare of animals and in
some cases, these directives may even prevent the import of products into
the European Union if they do not comply with animal welfare requirements.
Consumers too are becoming more aware of the treatment of animals and are
taking decisions based on the way companies treat their animals. Thus,
improving the production and testing conditions of animals is a must for a
modern business aiming a marketwhere consumers' ethical concerns are
However, there are very few experts in animal welfare around the world, and
education in this issue is still not readily available. Furthermore, the
majority of veterinarians complete their degree courses unaware of animal
welfare, and the very few who have developed a professional interest in the
issue do so from personal curiosity, very often lacking essential concepts
necessary for a full understanding of animal welfare science.
These are some of the reasons why Cambridge e-Learning Institute, in
partnership with experts from Universities around the world, has set up the
first International Online Course in Animal Welfare.
This course is suitable for professionals working with animals at every
level, from food industry, to medical research, zoos, animal shelters and
animal protection charities, from vets to laboratory technicians,
researchers, biologists, educators and activists. This course is also of
crucial importance to decision makers and government officials as it
tackles legislation and ethical issues often encountered in routine
The duration of the course is 20 weeks, the starting date of the
forthcoming course is 1 March 2004 and registration is possible until 28
February 2004. A CEI certificate is awarded at the end after successful
participation, including a final assignment.
We areinviting you to visit our websiteto learn more about this
With our best regards,
Dr Anabela Pinto
CEI Executive Director
Cambridge e-Learning Institute
Orwell SG8 5TQ
Phone: +44 - 1223 208 333
Fax:+44 - 1223 208 833
Jasmijn de Boo, MSc
Project assistant EURCA
Department of Animals and Society, NCA
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
3584 CL Utrecht, The Netherlands
Tel. nr. +31 30 253 16 29
Fax. nr. +31 30 253 9227
Email J.deBoo at vet.uu.nl
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