Employment and Education : Education and Resources

Research Scholarship applications due 28 February 2017

UFAW and the Humane Slaughter Association offer opportunities for undergraduate students or trainees to undertake project work.

The UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarships and HSA Dorothy Sidley Memorial Scholarships schemes offer up to 8 weeks living expenses and a small sum for research costs for students (normally undergraduates) or trainees to undertake a research project, typically during the summer vacation. Awards can be held at any UK institution or at overseas institutions which have a UFAW LINK person (www.ufaw.org.uk/links).

UFAW awards can be for any project which helps better understand or improve the welfare of any animals affected by humans whereas HSA awards are exclusively for projects aimed at improving or better understanding the welfare of livestock animals “beyond the farm gate” – during transport, at markets or when undergoing slaughter.

This year’s studentships are currently open for applications (deadline: 28th Feb).

For more details and eligibility criteria please see:



Are you a scientist looking for help from or contact with other scientists in the field?

If you are a scientist working in the field of applied ethology in a country in which the field is not that established and wish to get in contact with other applied animal behaviour scientists, please contact either your nearest Regional Secretary or .
You might find behavioural software and equipment useful:

Are you an academic teacher of applied animal behaviour science looking for ideas?

If you are an academic teacher working in the field of applied ethology, you might be interested to join the Linked-in group where people post and discuss current topics.
The future aim would be to collect applied animal behaviour ­ teaching material under these pages.

Thinking of studying applied animal behaviour science?

If you are thinking of pursuing doctoral education in applied animal behaviour science, contact directly the researcher whose work you are interested in.
You may find interesting articles and possible persons to contact from the main scientific journal in the field: Applied Animal Behaviour Science. The journal publishes relevant information on the behaviour of domesticated and utilized animals.
In addition, there is an ongoing flow of several PhD courses on the subject, organized by individual labs and universities all over the world. Many of those are advertised through ISAE membership newsletters and on our employment page.
Information about  MSc and PhD courses in the United States can be found at http://graduate-school.phds.org/education-index
Applied ethology is taught in several universities all over the world, either part of biology, agri-scientist or veterinary education, or as an independent degree. You can get more info by contacting the Regional Secretary near you.
Some institutes are offering applied-animal-behaviour-related online e-learning courses, such as the Cambridge e-learning institute.
Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN) is an E.U. funded collaboration. As well as extending the good work of Welfare Quality, we have a work-package whose aim is animal welfare education. The AWIN Hub, a web-site accessible to all, will provide information on courses on any aspect of animal welfare. We are asking all who organise courses to put information about them on the Hub. Where these are university courses, they will just be listed but where they are produced by other organisations we want to evaluate them before listing them. Courses in any language will be listed. AWIN and ISAE will collaborate in doing this. The ISAE Education Officer   will be the point of contact for this activity and the AWIN contact will be Fritha Langford  
MSc: Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare                                    
This programme is aimed at graduates in biological sciences, psychology and veterinary medicine who have an interest in understanding animal behaviour, and how to use animal behaviour in the assessment of animal welfare. This programme has been running since 1990 and has gained a very strong international reputation.  The main aims of the programme are to increase understanding and awareness of scientific principles of animal behaviour, and to demonstrate application of these principles to animals in various situations to assess animal welfare. The programme consists of five courses: Introduction to Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Biology of Suffering, Animal Cognition and Consciousness, Scientific Methodology and Animal Welfare Applications, followed by a Dissertation Project. We also aim to improve student’s confidence in their ability to communicate their understanding of animal behaviour and welfare, and to consider and embrace diverse opinions and ethical viewpoints relating to animal welfare. For more information or to apply please see our website: http://www.link.vet.ed.ac.uk/animalbehaviour

MSc: International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law
International concern for animal welfare continues to grow with increasing demand for measures to protect animals and improve animal quality of life, alongside a need for well qualified people to work in this area. The online MSc/Dip/Cert in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law provides a high quality educational experience entirely by online distance learning. The aim of the programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms. We will offer students the chance to learn about: scientific concepts of animal welfare; methods of animal welfare assessment; animal ethics and social responsibility; policy, legislation, regulation and enforcement. Additionally, there will be courses offered on key areas in applied animal welfare such as the welfare of production animals, companion animals, research animals and captive wild animals. Applicants are now able to take any of our courses as standalone Postgraduate Professional development, up to the value of 50 credits. For more information or to apply please see our website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/vet/international-animal-welfare
Short Online Course - Animal Behaviour: An Introduction
The study of animal behaviour is not only shedding light on the range of fascinating behaviours found in nature, but it also increases our understanding of our animal companions and ultimately of ourselves. In this 10-week online course, you will learn about a wide range of behaviours from foraging to animal intelligence, while at the same time getting a comprehensive introduction to evolutionary thinking. The tutor-led interactive course uses examples from a broad range of animal groups including, web-building in spiders, social behaviours in ants, learning in dogs and tool use in birds and mammals. For more information please see our website.
Course on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law
Through a combination of lectures, videos and discussions, this course is designed to give attendees a solid background in animal welfare science, ethics and law. The Course is made up of four individual sections. You can book to attend all of the sections or just the one(s) you are interested in.
Past attendees have included veterinarians animal welfare researchers and students, and animal charity workers/campaigners, and have come from a wide variety of countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Find out more at: www.cawsel.com
Next course runs 11-12 Sept, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, UK
Ph.D. course ’Maternal and Neonatal Behaviour’
Arranged by Aarhus University
Link: http://anis.au.dk/en/education/maternal-and-neonatal-behaviour/
Next course runs from 18-22 Jan 2016 at Vingsted Hotel and Conference Center, Denmark.
Ph.D. course 'Animal Pain'
Arranged by Aarhus University

Objectives: to give PhD-students an overview of the concept of animal pain from a biological perspective. The course is based on presentations and lectures by internationally recognised researchers and practitioners, participants presenting relevant parts of their projects, combined with group work and plenary discussions. The final part of the course constitutes a written project.
Next course runs from 07-11 March 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark. View details. 


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