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Wild Welfare launches free digital education programme
"We can empower animal care staff to understand what good animal welfare looks like and what the animals in their care need." Simon Marsh, Wild Welfare.

Online resource aims to tackle global animal welfare issues

A new, free online animal husbandry programme has been created by charity Wild Welfare, as part of its global work to improve the welfare of captive animals across the world.

The open-access online programme – called Wild About Welfare – provides a comprehensive introduction to animal husbandry for animal care staff in zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries.

It was produced in collaboration with The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) at the University of Edinburgh.

The programme is split into separate modules on subjects such as animal behaviour, animal welfare needs and animal enrichment. It can be taken one module at a time or as a complete course.

The resource can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers and includes videos, pictures and interactive quizzes.

Dr Heather Bacon, OBE of JMICAWE, who worked on developing the content with the Wild Welfare team said: “We are delighted to partner with Wild Welfare on producing this important educational resource.

“Our team has established expertise in animal behaviour and welfare science, and digital education.

“Combining this with the practical experience and expertise of the Wild Welfare team, has resulted in an accessible, interactive resource that aims to improve captive animal welfare globally, by inspiring caregivers to optimise animal husbandry in wildlife facilities.”

Wild Welfare aims to address knowledge gaps that may result in captive animal suffering, drawing on its research into the most common captive animal welfare issues.

Simon Marsh, Wild Welfare's acting UK director, added: “This programme will enable animal care staff the opportunity to address these issues and improve animal welfare.

“Education is key, and by offering people a way to access good quality information, we can help ensure they are better able to play their part in providing good welfare for the animals in their care.”

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Applications open for pets in housing research funding scheme

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 The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) has announced that applications are now open for the second round of its three-year funding scheme to support research into the human-animal bond.

This year SCAS is looking for research that focuses on the issues surrounding pets in housing, particularly projects looking at:

- the impact of current, or historic, pet related housing legislation
- an assessment of incident, type and cost of damage caused by pets in housing
- the views of landlords, care institution or housing association staff, in relation to pets and housing
- stakeholder perceptions of pets and housing insurance schemes.

There are eight funding grants available, awarding between £1,500 and £10,000. Applications close on 30 April 2021.

More information can be found on the SCAS website. 

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