A sustainable approach to international animal welfare education

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The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, aims to improve the quality of life for all animals through veterinary education, research, and training, particularly with international partners.
The Centre works collaboratively with partners (e.g. in India and China); developing education resources to enable knowledge transfer, thus ensuring practical approaches to change and sustainable impact on animal welfare. To maximise international outreach and support, a number of sustainable education resources have been developed and are freely available. This approach is also aligned with the University Open Education Resource (OER) policy. Current topics include dog population management catch-neuter-return (CNR); massive open online courses (MOOCs); zoo welfare; with resources on farm animal welfare launching in 2023.
Pedagogical approaches for delivery are multi-modal including good practice guides for vets and NGOs (CNR: 16 videos, 23 pdfs) and MOOCs (‘The Truth About Cats and Dogs’; ‘Animal Behaviour and Welfare’ – endorsed by the Scottish SPCA; and launching in 2023 – ‘Animal Welfare in the Clinic’). Since our first MOOC launched, there have been more than 206,200 participants enrolled on the two MOOCs, and uptake continues to grow. The zoo welfare web-based-resource, produced in collaboration with the organisation, Wild Welfare, consists of 8 modules (pdfs and interactive quizzes), available in 5 languages and endorsed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), launched in 2021. The engagement has been very successful, with participants from 69 countries accessing the resource, 16,200 downloads and 37+ organisations using the resource.
The Centre continues to work collaboratively and sustainably, producing a wide range of free, accessible, and endorsed educational resources to ensure maximum outreach, to enhance the skills and knowledge of the veterinary profession, and to support the delivery of high quality care and animal welfare.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jul 2023
EventVetEd 2023 - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jul 20237 Jul 2023


ConferenceVetEd 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • education
  • animal welfare


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