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Objectives
The training course on “Animal welfare in killing for disease control” will allow participants to:

  • have appropriate knowledge of EU regulations and international standards on animal welfare at the time of killing for disease control purposes;
  • be aware of the necessity to include AW standards in the management of epidemic and non-epidemic emergencies;
  • be aware of the risk analysis value to manage massive killing;
  • know how to integrate Animal Welfare policies into emergency preparedness plans;
  • have an up to date knowledge of the most effective stunning and killing methods for disease control purposes as concerns poultry, pigs, cattle and small ruminants;
  • have appropriate knowledge to assess the effectiveness of animal handling, stunning and killing both form AW and biosecurity perspective;
  • know how to communicate effectively on killing in disease control situations.

Targeted audience
Public Veterinary Officers belonging to the NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in official controls on Animal Welfare aspects during killing for disease control operations; development of good practices to improve the implementation of EU legislation and/or international standards (where appropriate).

Please find at this link the 2015-2016 training calendar.

Objectives
The training course on “Animal welfare at poultry slaughter – Advanced level” is aimed at allowing participants to acquire advanced level knowledge and practical skills on:

  • the impact of farming and transport on the welfare conditions of poultry on arrival at the slaughter plant;
  • proper pre-slaughter handling, stunning, slaughter and killing of animals;
  • animal lairage, housing, handling and assessment of keeping facilities;
  • main stunning and killing techniques at slaughter in Europe;
  • resource and management – based measures;
  • welfare indicators for developing monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for poultry stunned using electrical waterbaths or gas mixtures and for poultry slaughtered without stunning;
  • how to perform inspections and audits on animal welfare at poultry slaughter.

The scientific contents will be mainly focused on poultry.

Targeted audience
Official veterinarians belonging to the NCAs of EU MSs, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in: official controls on Animal Welfare aspects during the stunning and killing operations at slaughterhouses; development of good practices to improve the implementation of EU legislation and/or international standards.
Candidate participants have to demonstrate their participation in previous BTSF training course/s on the subject of the course they apply for.

Please find at this link the 2015-2016 training calendar.

"Better Training for Safer Food" (BTSF) is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at organising a EU training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules. Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, provides the legal instrument for this initiative.

Training is designed for staff of competent authorities of EU Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Community law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.

It is also essential that third countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU standards and import requirements. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU is also available to participants from third countries and specific training activities are organised for third country participants on the spot.

In the framework of the BTSF initiative, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (IZSAM) has been entrusted by EAHC with the organisation of fourteen training courses to be held in 2013-2014 concerning:

  • “Animal welfare in poultry productions (laying hens and chickens kept for meat production)”
    (n. 4 editions);
  • “Animal welfare concerning the farming of pigs”
    (n. 4 editions);
  • “Animal welfare at the time of killing”
    (n. 4 editions);
  • “Animal welfare during transport and related operations”
    (n. 2 editions).

Eligible participants are Public Veterinary Officers belonging to the National Competent Authorities of EU Member States, EFTA, Candidates and some selected Third Countries involved in official control on Animal Welfare aspects and the development of best practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards.

Objectives
The training course on “Animal welfare at slaughter – Advanced level” is aimed at allowing participants to acquire advanced level knowledge and practical skills on:

  • the impact of farming and transport on the welfare conditions of the animals on arrival at the slaughter plant;
  • proper pre-slaughter handling, stunning, slaughter and killing of animals;
  • animal lairage, housing, handling and assessment of keeping facilities;
  • main stunning and killing techniques at slaughter in Europe;
  • resource and management – based measures;
  • welfare indicators for developing monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for bovines stunned with penetrative captive bolt or slaughtered without stunning;
  • welfare indicators for developing monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for pigs stunned with electrical method or carbon dioxide at high concentration;
  • welfare indicators for developing monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for sheep and goats stunned with electrical method or slaughtered without stunning;
  • how to perform inspections and audits on animal welfare at slaughter.

The scientific contents will be mainly focused on the following animal species: cattle, pigs and small ruminants.

Targeted audience
Official veterinarians belonging to the NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in official controls on Animal Welfare aspects during the stunning and killing operations at slaughterhouses; development of good practices to improve the implementation of the EU legislation and/or international standards.
Candidate participants have to demonstrate their participation in previous BTSF training course/s on the subject of the course they apply for.

Please find at this link the 2015-2016 training calendar.

"Better Training for Safer Food" (BTSF) is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at organising a EU training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules. Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, provides the legal instrument for this initiative.
Training is designed for staff of Competent Authorities of EU Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Community law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.
It is also essential that Third Countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU standards and import requirements. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU is also available to participants from third countries and specific training activities are organised for third country participants on the spot.

In the framework of the BTSF initiative, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise “G. Caporale” (IZSAM) has been entrusted by CHAFEA with the organisation of fourteen training courses to be held in 2015-2016 concerning:

  • “Animal welfare during transport” (n. 2 editions)
  • “Animal welfare in pig production” (n. 4 editions)
  • “Animal welfare in laying hen production” (n. 2 editions)
  • “Animal welfare in broiler production” (n. 2 editions)
  • “Animal welfare at slaughter of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats” (n. 2 editions)
  • “Animal welfare at poultry slaughter” (n. 1 edition)
  • “Animal welfare in killing for disease control” (n. 1 edition)

Eligible participants are Public Veterinary Officers belonging to the National Competent Authorities of EU Member States, EFTA, Candidates and Third Countries involved in the official controls on Animal Welfare aspects and the development of best practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards on this issue.

BTSF National Contact Points/National Competent Authorities are in charge of the identification and selection of participants.

The participation of industry associations, relevant stakeholders and country delegates, not included in the list of selected Third countries, is possible only upon CHAFEA approval and according to CHAFEA conditions.

The training courses will allow participants to improve their knowledge and/or practical skills on relevant EU legislation and international framework (as for example the OIE Guidelines), on the scientific basis for proper transport, housing, management and handling of the animals and on stunning and killing techniques.

Advanced level training courses are organised in the field of animal welfare at slaughter. Candidate participants have to demonstrate their participation in previous BTSF training course/s on this subject.