Human Behaviour Change for Life:  New course launched: Harness your passion for positive change

Would you like to make longer lasting, more impactful positive change? Human Behaviour Change for Life (HBCL) has just launched the HBCL Foundation Course – a fantastic introductory course covering the core concepts and principles of human behaviour change. No matter what your ambition or what sector you work in, this course will give you the foundations you need to deliver long-lasting, sustainable change, as well as setting you up to continue your journey exploring this fascinating and vital subject. 

As a special offer, HBCL are offering a free, 45 minute 1-2-1 session with Suz & Jo, HBCL's Co-Directors, to the first 20 people to sign up to the course - just use the code 'first20' at the checkout (the code will no longer work when all 20 places are taken). 

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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.

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.

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 Glasgow, UK

This course aims to improve our knowledge and understanding of animals’ needs, which is required to provide a high standard of care to the whole range of animals kept in captivity

MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Askham Bryan College (awarded by Harper Adams University)

The MSc programme in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare is aimed at those that are due to graduate or have graduated in a related subject area. Alternatively, you may be employed within the animal industry with significant experience and would like to develop higher level skills relating to clinical behaviour in animals.

MRes in Animal Behaviour, University of Newcastle, UK

This specialist course is designed to prepare you for a professional career in scientific research.

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.

MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Queen's University Belfast

Designed for students aiming to work in research, education, and industry in the life sciences sector. Specifically this MSc will provide you with an advanced understanding of current and emerging issues in the both Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and provide you with an extensive range of lectures in a variety of topics.

BSc Animal Biology, 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.