History

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Asia / Oceana

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South America

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UK

Animal Welfare Training represents the origin of all UK AWOP & PWOP courses authored to satisfy ‘Welfare Officer’ status and continued development following 19 years of delivery in the UK across multiple companies and organisations.  The newly developed course structure seek to consolidate the AWOP & PWOP courses as foundation courses compliant with existing UK requirements, forthcoming EC Council Regulation and international development of Welfare Officer courses as a consequence of either EU / International training trainer programs leading to local / national training courses.  AWT continue to develop and extend ‘Welfare Officer’ training to ‘on farm’ and ‘processing’ courses for red meat, poultry and aquaculture.  Launching in November 2010 is the Senior Welfare Officer training program which will further extend the progression and development of professionals within the meat industry.

Working with Bord Bia ( Irish Food Board ) since 1993 AWT staff have been responsible for the authoring and delivery of Welfare Officer training courses across Southern Ireland working with companies, government organisations and veterinary groups.  As demand for training increases AWT also work closely with specific companies delivering bespoke welfare training both on farm and during primary processing.

2008 - 2010 AWT staff authored and delivered the Red Meat training trainers program sponsored by RSPCA International and in association with Lusfona University in Lisbon, Portugal leading to the development of indigenous Welfare Officer training courses compliant with forthcoming EC Council Regulation requiring Animal Welfare Officers from January 1st 2013.  Following completion of the full program veterinary / academic professionals begin the process of coordinating and delivering Welfare Officer compliant training to the red meat industry across Portugal.  AWT continues to work with Lusfona University ensuring parity of training across the EU.

AWT staff have been delivering farm animal welfare training and consultancy to major companies and government bodies in Thailand since 2001.  Thailand is a major producer of poultry products and supplies many of the top UK and EU retail companies.  Initially the Poultry Welfare Officer - Processing training course was delivered providing professionals responsible for poultry production and processing with valuable underpinning knowledge and understanding of key welfare and quality issues.  AWT staff also worked closely with Thailands Department of Livestock Development delivering both red and white meat welfare training to Thai Veterinary Officers responsible for welfare & hygiene within indigenous production.  After many years of developing and delivering both processing and farm based training AWT developed the first Poultry Welfare Officer Training trainers program.  In 2008 this was launched as the first major program of poultry training worldwide in collaboration with CP Foods Thailand, CPF Training and CP Foods UK.  Following the completion of the full program in 2011 CPF Training now integrate their own PWO training courses into CP Foods production supporting the highest possible standards of poultry welfare.


Since then AWT staff have further developed both processing and on farm courses which have been and continue to be delivered to Thai companies seeking assurance and conformance to the highest standards of welfare and quality.  AWT will continue to work with and develop training courses and programs in Thailand in line with not only UK / EU legislation / Codes of Practice and retailer standards but also Thai DLD standards of animal welfare, legislation and indigenous assurance schemes.

Bali, Indonesia - July 2002 AWT staff were invited by Yudisthira ( Bali Dog Foundation ) and sponsored by Humane Society International ( HSI ) to visit the island of Bali to conduct an assessment of the red meat / agricultural industry focussing key welfare and quality issues present ‘on farm’, at market / transport and slaughter.  Following this initial assessment AWT authored a bespoke 2 day training course which was delivered in Sanur, Bali in October 2002.  From these initial training courses it became obvious that the only long term solution was to initiate a bold program which would ‘train trainers’ ( TtT ).  Developing this concept with the support of Yudisthira and Humane Society International initiated the development of the Red Meat Training trainers program in Bali which has now continued to develop and evolve and subsequently delivered across Indonesia, Europe and Central America.


Java, Indonesia - As a consequence of the success of the Bali program the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association ( IVMA ) in Jakarta, Java in conjunction with Yudisthira, Humane Society International, and WSPA hosted the continuation of the TtT program from October 2003 across the Indonesian island of Java centred in Bogor, Jakarta and Yogjakarta over the next 3 years working with veterinary professionals. government, industry and Universitiy staff.


The outcome today of this bold series of training trainer programs is the continuation of professional training in farm animal welfare at slaughter by a ‘dream team’ of Indonesian professionals working with industry and government organised and managed by the IVMA.  Even now AWT staff continue to work closely with colleagues in Indonesia providing professional support to the training teams developing and delivering sustainable indigenous training courses in Red Meat Farm Animal Welfare.


In late 2010 AWT staff conducted a fact finding trip sponsored by RSPCA International and hosted by Srikandi Animal Care visited East Java to conduct an assessment of the poultry industry focussing key welfare and quality issues present ‘on farm’, at market / transport and slaughter.  AWT in collaboration with RSPCA International and hosted by Srikandi Animal Care and Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association will deliver a range of poultry welfare training courses in Java in early 2011.

In November 2005 and as a consequence of the success of the Training trainer programs in Bali and Java, Indonesia AWT staff were invited to visit the University Putra Malaysia and the Department of Veterinary Services, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur to discuss the possibility of delivering the Red Meat Training trainer program to Veterinary officials and industry across peninsular Malaysia.


In April 2007 and January 2008 with sponsorship from Humane Society International, Meat & Livestock Australia ( MLA ), LiveCorp and hosted by the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services ( DVS ) AWT staff conducted a fact finding trip to assess the red meat industry focussing key welfare and quality issues present ‘on farm’, at market / transport and slaughter.  March 2008 saw the launch of the AWT training trainers program in peninsular Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Melacca and Ipoh.  The full program completed in March 2010 resulting in the launch of sustainable indigenous training courses in farm animal welfare at slaughter across Malaysia delivered by DVS officials.  As with other international programs delivered by AWT we still work with closely with colleagues in Malaysia assisting and developing training courses in collaboration with fellow trainers.


Funded by HSI ( USA ) and RSPCA International ( UK ) AWT will begin delivering the full Poultry Training Trainers program to DVS Malaysia and industry in Kuala Lumpur in March 2012.  This 24 month program of 8 modules will cover in depth both welfare and quality of poultry production ( broiler chicken ) leading to the rollout of indigenous Poultry Welfare Officer training across Malaysian production.

AWT has been working in Brazil since November 2002 across multiple sites with all the largest poultry, pig and beef production companies.  Brazil is a vast country with some of the largest production figures for poultry, pork and beef products in the world.  High on the list of priorities for all Brazilian companies is a strong concern for animal welfare during production on farm and subsequent processing.  Coupled with that is the requirement to demonstrate compliance with international regulations and codes of practice and retailer standards on farm animal welfare.  UK retail companies have exacting standards and requirements for suppliers regarding animal welfare during production and processing which is constantly changing due to ongoing welfare research, evolving systems and procedures and customer expectations.


For these reasons AWT has been developing and delivering training compliant with Animal Welfare Officer ( red meat ) and Poultry Welfare Officer ( white meat ) status.  Many Brazilian companies further extend training in animal welfare by contracting AWT to deliver bespoke or elective courses to key staff within the company or organisation as part of continued professional development ( CPD ) within the company.


AWT continues to work with the major food production companies in Brazil providing professional services and training products to ensure compliance with the highest standards of animal welfare.

Following on from the success of the AWT red meat training trainer program in Bali and Java, Indonesia 2002 - 2008 AWT were invited to deliver further TtT programs in Central America ( Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador ).


Sponsored by Humane Society International ( Trade & Capacity Building ) and hosted by CORFOGA ( Costa Rica ) and ILRE ( Nicaragua ) as part of the Central America Free Trade Agreement ( CAFTA ) in July 2004 AWT staff conducted a fact finding trip to assess the red meat industry focussing key welfare and quality issues present ‘on farm’, at market / transport and slaughter.


January 2005 saw the launch of the AWT training trainers program across Central America in multiple sites in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  The full program completed in February 2007 resulting in the launch of sustainable indigenous training courses in farm animal welfare at slaughter across Central America delivered by government officials, industry and Universities.  As with other international programs delivered by AWT we still work closely with colleagues in Central America assisting and developing training courses in collaboration with fellow trainers.

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International portfolio - AWT staff have over 20 years of international experience of developing and running courses / training trainer programs in UK, Ireland, Bali, Java, Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Hong Kong, S. Korea, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, USA, Canada, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Herzegovina, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Botswana, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile . . . .


The opportunity of working so often in other countries provides for both a regional and international perspective on welfare within meat production within traditional and commercial environments.

Archives - 2010 / 2011 / 2012

Africa

In January 2011 AWT staff travelled to Botswana to conduct a fact finding mission on behalf of the Botswana Meat Commission in Lobatse and Francistown.  Following an assessment of both welfare & quality AWT authored bespoke Animal Welfare Officer Processing courses for delivery to key BMC staff and veterinarians.  Following the delivery of the AWOP foundation course key staff attended the Abattoir Welfare Assessment training course.  It is proposed that AWT continue the delivery of training in 2012 to key BMC staff at both AWOP and Senior AWOP levels.  Discussions with regard to the delivery of the full Red Meat Training trainer program are under consideration.