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Animal Welfare Officer Training Course (Teagasc- EC 1099/2009)

Animal Welfare Training Courses

A one day Animal Welfare Officer training work shop with a high degree of delegate participation and interaction making use of the principles of accelerated learning.


To enable participants comply with EC 1099/2009 by having an understanding of the context of “modern welfare” and formal training in the role, responsibilities and duties of the Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) and to facilitate companies in complying with the Bord Bia welfare requirements of the new Food Processor Quality Assurance Standard (FPS). 


Welfare as it applies in Beef, Pork, Sheep, Equine and Poultry abattoirs

Course Content:

  • Introduction, History & Drivers of Welfare
  • Definitions
  • Sentience
  • Welfare & Rights
  • The 5 Freedoms
  • Assessing Welfare
  • Applicable Legislation (EC1099/2009)
  • Basic animal behaviour and it’s relevance
  • Role of Animal Welfare Officer
  • Duties and Responsibilities of AWO
  • Bord Bia MPQAS welfare requirements
  • Meat Quality Issues
  • Slaughter without prior stunning
  • Expectations of the competent authority & certification bodies (e.g. Bord Bia)
  • Examination

Date and Venue Information

In-company training only.

Contact Kevin Brennan (kevin.brennan@teagasc.ie) for more details.