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Objectives
The training course on “Animal welfare in broiler production” will allow participants to achieve the necessary skills to:

  • interpret relevant EU legislation;
  • apply scientific basis for proper housing, management, handling and transport (loading phase);
  • assess the existing farming systems in relation to compliance with the current EU legislation;
  • monitor animal welfare outcomes throughout practical experience at farm;
  • carry out efficient inspections at farm level, including practical guidance on how to verify compliance of the farming systems with the EU legislation (for example, how to verify the stocking density and how to calculate mortality rates in broilers);
  • set up and monitor data collection systems for broiler at slaughterhouses;
  • promote a strong cooperation among stakeholders for improving the welfare conditions of broilers at farm.

Targeted audience
Official veterinarians belonging to NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in official controls on animal welfare aspects concerning the farming of broilers; development of good practices to improve the application of European norms and international standards.

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

Objectives
At the end of the training process implemented within the training course on “Animal welfare in laying hen production”, participants will acquire the following knowledge and skills::

  • Relevant EU legislation;
  • Scientific basis for proper housing and management;
  • Assessment of existing farming systems (including cages and alternative systems for hens) in relation to compliance with the current EU legislation;
  • Animal welfare outcomes: practical experience on the farm;
  • How to carry out efficient inspections at farm level, including practical guidance on how to verify compliance of the farming systems with the EU legislation (for example, how to measure the useable area in enriched cages as provided in Council Directive 1999/74).

Targeted audience
Official veterinarians belonging to NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in official controls on animal welfare aspects concerning the farming of laying hens; development of good practices to improve the application of European norms.

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

Objectives
The training course on “Animal Welfare during transport” will allow participants to achieve the necessary skills to:

  • interpret relevant EU legislation and international framework (as the OIE guidelines);
  • apply scientific basis for proper transport of the animals (animal behaviour, concept of stress and its implication in the quality of the -meat, animal physiology in particular drinking and feeding needs);
  • check transport conditions and records (fitness for transport, vehicle standards, space allowances, temperatures, travelling time limits, tachographs and navigation systems etc.);
  • manage practical aspects of handling of animals (loading and unloading activities) and emergency care for animals during transport;
  • assess the design of vehicles facilities (density, drinking devices, headroom, ramps of access, stalls when required, etc…);
  • identify best solutions to achieve the requirements on Control Posts;
  • facilitate the monitoring and proper enforcement of relevant animal welfare requirements during transport.
The course will also provide practical training inspection at Control Posts, complying with EU animal welfare requirements.

Target audience
Official veterinarians belonging to NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in enforcement of legislation on animal transport; official controls on document, structural and physical aspects of animal transport; development of good practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards.

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

Objectives
The training course on “Animal welfare in pig production” will allow participants to achieve the necessary skills to:

  • interpret relevant EU legislation;
  • apply scientific basis for proper housing, management (including provisions of enrichment material, group housing of sows and gilts, feeding practices for dry pregnant sows and gilts, mutilation procedures such as tail-docking, tooth clipping and castration) and handling of pigs;
  • assess compliance of existing farming systems (including requirements for manipulability and rooting materials, flooring types, etc.) with the current EU legislation;
  • monitor animal welfare outcomes, throughout practical experience on the farm;
  • carry out efficient inspections at farm level, including practical guidance on how to verify compliance of farming systems and management practices with the EU legislation;
  • be aware on how a strong cooperation between competent authorities and stakeholders in the production chain can improve the welfare conditions of pigs at farms.

The course will also provide practical training on welfare inspection of pigs in farms, focused particularly on the assessment of the housing conditions and management practices.

Targeted audience
Official veterinarians belonging to NCAs of EU MSs, EFTA, Candidate and Third Countries, involved in official controls on animal welfare aspects concerning the farming of pigs; development of good practices to improve the application of European norms and/or international standards (where appropriate).

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