Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) has announced that the world-renowned Bristol University is coming to the U.S. to carry out a series of two-day welfare trainings for slaughter plants. The training events are organized through a partnership between AWA and Bristol University in Langford, UK, and are part of an ongoing commitment to facilitate training in all aspects of high-welfare livestock production.

Two courses will be available: one aimed at plants handling red meat species on March 7-8, 2017 and the other for poultry on March 9-10, 2017. The courses will appeal to plant owners and operators who are looking to further demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and their understanding of the science behind the slaughter process--and improve the quality of their final product. The courses will cover:

  • Animal behavior, consciousness and sensibility, and stress in animals
  • Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals
  • Practical aspects of stunning techniques and knowledge of manufacturers' instructions on the type of stunning equipment used
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning and the absence of signs of life
  • Back-up stunning and/or killing methods
  • Appropriate use and maintenance of bleeding knives

Attendees who successfully complete the courses will qualify as an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) or Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO). The course normally costs $750 per attendee, per course; however, AWA is pleased to offer a limited number of applicants the introductory rate of $350 per course--or $700 for both courses. Scholarships may be available to plants already working with AWA--please inquire for details.

For further information about the course contact or call 202-546-5292 no later than February 17, 2017. 

Source: AWA