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

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 (delegate numbers 20 max).


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 Meat Processors Quality Assurance Standard (MPQAS). 


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

Fee: €350

Date and Venue Information

Please follow link for Training Schedule

Event details: Animal Welfare Officer Training

Booking Information:
For further information on booking a place on this course or to register your interest please complete this online booking form.

Alternatively contact Course Administration:
Margaret Hennessy
Tel: 01-8059520 (direct) 01-8059500 (general)
Fax: 01-8059570