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Animal Welfare 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: Animal Welfare (BAG224)
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Animal Welfare 100 Hours Certificate Course

This course is an absolute must for Animal Lovers everywhere. 

The standards of the well-being of animals (Animal Welfare), varies a lot and are under constant debate and review. The standards are devised and revised constantly, by various bodies worldwide, including: animal welfare groups, legislators and academics. 

There are a number of measures employed in Animal Welfare Science, although there is disagreement as to which one of these give researchers into the subject, the best information. The measures used include:

  • Behavior
  • Disease
  • Immuno-suppression
  • Longevity 
  • ​Physiology
  • Reproduction

The premise on which animal welfare is based, will often be that animals are self-aware and that therefore their well-being or suffering should be taken into consideration, particularly if they are being looked after by humans. Therefore how animals are slaughtered for food, used in scientific research, or kept as pets, in zoos, on farms and in circuses, etc. will always be of interest to those concerned with their welfare, along with the effects on animals of the world, due to the activities of Mankind.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about animal welfare and there are many job opportunities available, including working with domestic animals, wildlife, captive animals or farm animals. It will be an invaluable addition to your skills set if you are working as, (or would like to work as) a:

  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Animal Hospital Carer
  • Community Educator 
  • Trainer in Caring for Wildlife
  • Animal Shelter Attendant
  • Animal Rescue Organisation Office Staff Member
  • Wildlife Researcher
  • Fundraiser
  • Animal Hospital Ambulance Driver
  • Volunteer


Learning Goals: Animal Welfare BAG224
  • To understand what is meant by animal welfare and how it can be implemented in society. 
  • To explain how animals might perceive the world, their sense of awareness and cognition, and how welfare can influence their mental health.
  • To describe how animal welfare is assessed and upheld.  
  • To describe what animal protection services are available and what their roles are.   
  • To describe animal rescue services and how they contribute to animal welfare. 
  • To describe what animal health services are available and their benefits to animal wellbeing. 
  • To explain how animal welfare is implemented in the protection of pets & companion animals, work animals and animals in sport.
  • To explain how animal welfare is implemented in the protection of farm animals. 
  • To explain how animal welfare is implemented in the protection of wild animals in their natural environments and in captivity. 


Lesson Structure: Animal Welfare BAG224

There are 9 lessons in this course:

1  Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Nature of animal welfare
  • Scope of animal welfare
  • Widely accepted animal ethics theories
  • Animal rights
  • Animal welfare
  • Animal welfare today

2  Psychology and Sentience

  • The science and philosophy of psychology and sentience
  • Sentience
  • Sapience
  • Anthropomorphism and Transference
  • Compassionate conservation
  • Sense and Perception
  • Cognition
  • Animal emotion
  • Animal psychopathology
  • Behavioural disorders
  • How an understanding of sentience can influence animal welfare

3  Managing Animal Welfare

  • Introduction
  • Managing Animal welfare

4  Animal Protection Services

  • Introduction
  • Understanding and inspecting health issues
  • Inspecting the health of animals
  • Signs of ill health
  • Differential diagnosis

5  Animal Rescue Services

  • Introduction
  • Health and welfare
  • Animal First Aid
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Poisoning
  • Restraining animals during First Aid
  • First Aid for wildlife

6  Animal Health Services

  • Introduction
  • Animal health services
  • Routine health treatments
  • Complementary animal health services
  • Employment

7  Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sport

  • Introduction
  • Welfare for companion animals
  • Welfare for work animals
  • Welfare for animals in sport

8  Animal Welfare for Farm Animals

  • Introduction
  • Welfare for farm animals
  • Factory farming
  • Organic farming
  • Other aspects of animal welfare
  • Welfare issues for farm animals bred for alternative products

9  Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive

  • Introduction
  • Welfare for captive wild animals
  • Welfare for free wild animals
  • Protection of Wildlife
  • Legislation
  • Codes of practice
  • Animal behaviour
  • Environmental law enforcement: case studies


Gain all important hands-on experience with wildlife animals, to add to your CV whilst you are studying this Higher Advanced Diploma with ADL, or after completing it. We are very happy to be associated with GVE, which offers an unforgettable volunteer experience in South Africa with their Game Capture and Vet Experience programs.

The program fee charged for the experience also acts as the main support for GVE's non-profit clinic.

Interested in reading more information about both the Game Capture and Vet Experience programs? Then just click on the GVE logo below

People helping a girafe to receive treatmentlink to more information on vet experience programme in South AfricaPeople helping a lion to receive treatment




Karin Saks – primate naturalist:Karin Saksn a primate naturalist with an orphan monkey called Spud

Since 1997, Karin Saks has been involved in the fostering and rehabilitation of orphan baboons, the caring of injured monkeys who have been returned to the wild and has worked towards a harmonious co-existence between these primates and humans. She has monitored wild baboon troops who raid human homes to research ways of baboon management and has observed wild troops in her area with a view to finding out damage done to troop structures and numbers because of human intervention. Due to legislation that allows for the persecution of vervet monkeys and baboons in South Africa, hundreds of orphaned primates currently reside in rehabilitation centres without much chance of being released back into the wild. The primate pet trade is also on the increase due to the amount of infants orphaned when mothers are killed.  Educating the public on how to live harmoniously with these primates and appealing for new protective legislation - that is actively enforced - are crucial aspects to finding solutions.

The Darwin Primate Group – registered NPO 059-587: Like many who take on the task of rescuing these persecuted animals, Karin self funded her work until 2008 when she founded the Darwin Primate Group and registered it as a non-profit organization.

Research into endangered samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis labiatus) populations: In 2014, Karin moved to Kwazulu Natal where she is researching the endangered samango monkey (Cercopithecus mitis labiatus) populations in the Midlands. (She is no longer working directly with rescued baboons or vervet monkeys.) As the samango monkey is restricted to forest habitat and is a seed dispersing species, it is listed as Vulnerable in the Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa (2004) with samango subspecies - C. m. labiatus - occurring on the IUCN (2007) Endangered list making research into populations necessary to identify if management and further protection is needed.

You are welcome to watch Karin's online video: Co-existing Peacefully With Baboons/Monkeys and read her Blogspot on the Samango Monkey Project. If you want to support Karin in her work financially or practically, please contact us and we will happily pass your details on.


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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
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