Follow all the latest news and updates from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) in Edinburgh.
The Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education aim is to strive towards improving the quality of life for all animals through education, training and by influencing policy at the highest level.
Building on a recent MoA with the World Association of Zoos
and Aquaria, Heather Bacon of the JMICAWE is currently in Detroit, USA to
participate in the Global Zoo Animal Welfare Congress. The meeting – an
invitation-only gathering of stakeholders from academic, NGO and zoological
backgrounds – is focussing on developing a global commitment to animal welfare
within the international zoo community.
Heather will present today as part of an expert panel on
“Educating Zoo and Aquarium Professionals on Zoo Animal Welfare”, outlining the
work she has done as part of her PhD research as well as practical educational
workshops in partnership with zoo associations and NGOs around the world.
“It’s very exciting that the global zoo community is
engaging with the subject of Zoo animal welfare” said Heather “International
zoo standards vary greatly – in many countries zoos may act as consumers of
wildlife rather than as conservation organisations, and animal welfare
standards are incredibly variable. This meeting is an exciting opportunity to
engage with professionals from around the world to further develop standards in
zoo animal welfare.”
at SRUC will be hosting an interactive workshop at the Edinburgh Zoo during
Edinburgh’s International Science Festival on thermal imaging and how it can be
used to improve animal health and welfare. It is suitable for all ages from 5+.
It is a drop-in event from 11:00 to
15:00 and you will find them at the Budongo Trail. They would be very happy to
see you there and to show you what this technology can do!
The University of
Edinburgh has launched a new Massive Open-access Online Course: The Truth about
Cats and Dogs.
course we provide 'an insight into cat and dog behaviour - through their
eyes'. The course is divided into five topics: the appliance of science;
behaviour and body language; senses and perception; challenges for the
human-animal relationship, including pet problem behaviour; and how to improve
the quality of life for cats and dogs in our care. By exploring how our pet
cats and dogs perceive the world, we can gain a greater insight into their
unique needs, and understand how to better provide for these needs, thus
enhancing the important relationships that we have with our pet dogs and
Sign-up now for the free online course (pay £39 ONLY if you
want the certificate). Course starts 17 April. Register now https://goo.gl/RJlYgF
JMICAWE's veterinary nurse Hayley Walters has just returned from a
very successful meeting with leading faculty members from the Kerala Veterinary
Animal Science University (KVASU).
Hayley and JMICAWE's vet Heather Bacon had previously been in Sri Lanka delivering CPD in inhalational anaesthesia to
Charity partner Dogstar; and meeting with the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri
Lanka’s only vet school, to further enhance veterinary education in partnership
with The University of Edinburgh. Hayley then took the opportunity to meet with
KVASU in India on her way home.
The aim of the meeting was to further discuss the
introduction of a 12-month veterinary nursing programme at KVASU. Well-trained
veterinary nurses provide the vital care a patient needs when it is sick and
fearful in the clinic and can dramatically improve a patient’s welfare whilst
reducing the workload of the veterinary surgeon, freeing him or her up to
concentrate on more complex aspects of veterinary medicine.
KVASU currently has a 6-month programme that is practically
taught and includes both large and small animal teaching with a focus on
pharmacy, laboratory and reproduction.
A more small animal based programme, that included classroom
teaching 2 hours a day as well as practical, on-the-job training, was agreed to
be needed to help with vets treating India’s booming pet population.
A 12-stage plan is in place and on schedule with the next
step being to identify what Indian vets think skills and
knowledge a well-trained vet nurse should have to be of optimum benefit.
Teaching videos and handouts, specific to India, are also
being developed by the JMICAWE team to help with the teaching of this new
Hayley said, “The 6 month course already trains some
extremely dedicated and thoughtful students who either go on to be veterinary
assistants or train further as livestock inspectors. With a focus on small
animal training, we can ensure that dog and cat inpatients are receiving the
best care possible whilst in the clinics from knowledgeable veterinary nurses
who support the vet”.
JMICAWE vet team improving dog and cat welfare in Sri
Heather and Hayley from the JMICAWE have returned to Sri
Lanka to further enhance veterinary education in partnership with the
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka’s only vet school. The partnership aims to
develop collaborative teaching and research initiatives to enhance veterinary
skills in canine and feline medicine and surgery and veterinary nursing,
supported by funding from the Dog’s Trust.
Heather and Hayley will also deliver CPD in inhalational
anaesthesia to Charity partner Dogstar, a Sri Lankan NGO which runs a mobile spay neuter outreach program and has sterilised over 15000 animals, actively reducing the numbers of unwanted
puppies and kittens in the Negombo region.
This ongoing collaboration between academic and NGO partners aims to
optimise veterinary skills in canine and feline medicine and surgery in Sri
Lanka, as well as enhancing practical welfare of in-patients in the University
hospitals, and the Dogstar mobile clinic.
This visit builds on Heather and Hayley’s previous visit in
November 2016, which resulted in a number of positive activities at the
University of Peradeniya, including a 3 day workshop on canine behaviour,
medicine, and surgery, sponsored by Dog’s Trust, the development of a new
feline ward, and the training of veterinary students, and veterinary assistants
from the Sri Lankan police, air force, army and zoo in canine behaviour,
handling, and nursing skills.
SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and JMICAWE were delighted
and honoured to host a visit by Professor Temple Grandin of Colorado State University to Edinburgh in February.
Professor Grandin is a renowned writer on animal welfare, stockmanship and
livestock handling, as well as on her experiences of living with autism, and
has been a major contributor to improving animal welfare, especially in the
USA, for 40 years. She has recently been inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame
During her visit Temple gave a riveting lecture to a packed auditorium
of staff and students from SRUC and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
in the Roslin Institute. She shared her unique insights into how animals
perceive the world, and how this knowledge can be used to improve ease of
handling and livestock welfare. She reiterated her views, based on her long
experiences in the field, that ‘things’ (handling systems, engineering
products, genetics) would not improve animal welfare without improving
stockmanship and how people respond to the animals in their care.
also been very involved in the improvements in animal welfare assessment in the
USA, and was clear that these systems worked when the measures were simple,
clearly related to the most important animal welfare issues (her ‘critical
control points’), and easy to apply in practice.
The feedback on her talk has
been extremely positive and students were inspired by her passion and
dedication to animal welfare. They were also delighted to be able to interact
with her on visits to the vet school and in discussing and presenting their own
research. Temple was extremely generous with her time, signing books and posing
for photos, and engaging with the research of our PhD students and early career
researchers. At the end of her visit we were all left in awe of this great
woman, but also inspired and energised to continue to work for improving animal
The theme of this year’s International Women’s day is ‘Women in the
Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’.
At JMICAWE we would like to
believe that this will also mean a planet where all lives are respected and a
culture of care for one another exists. With this is mind we would like to celebrate
the great women who have worked to improve animal welfare globally:
The explorers, advocates and pioneers for animal welfare change and
appreciation of the complexity of animal lives: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Anna
Sewell, Mary Midgley, Joy Adamson, Ruth Harrison, Rachel Carson…
The founders of charities, boards and NGOs for animal welfare and
protection, and advocates: Maria Dickin (founder PDSA); Dorothy Brooke (founder
The Brooke); Mary Tealby (founder Battersea dogs home); Marcia Glaser
(co-founder Humane Society); Helen Jones (co-founder Humane Society); Rukmuni Devi
Arundale (founder Animal Welfare Board of India); Jill Robinson (founder of
Animals Asia); Virginia McKenna (Founder of Born Free); Mary Hutton (Founder of
Free the Bears); Pei-Feng Su (Co-founder of ActAsia); Sam Green (Co-Founder of
Dogstar); Madame Jeanne Marchig (founder of the Marchig Trust); Joyce D’Silva,
The animal welfare researchers: Marian Dawkins, Temple Grandin, Marie-France
Bouissou, Christine Nicol, Joy Mench, Ruth Newberry, Anne-Marie de Passille, Carol
Petherick, Linda Keeling, Birte Nielsen, Georgia Mason, Isabelle Veissier, Liz
Paul, Dot McKeegan, Vicky Sandilands, Janice Swanson, Janice Siegford,… and all
the very many female members of ISAE,
Female animal welfare science and
veterinary scientists and students around the world.
The unsung heroes of animal welfare: the female veterinary nurses, animal
care technicians, volunteers in animal shelters, goushalas, sanctuaries and all
those working to improve animal lives on the ground where ever they are in the
And of course our very own JMICAWE extended ‘family’ – Heather, Hayley,
Fritha, Susan, Tamsin, Amy, Lucy, Cathy, Nat, Louise, Jill, Bryony, Francoise,
Marie, Emma, Mel, Sarah, Laura, Irene ….
JMICAWE's own vet, Heather Bacon has been involved through her work with both the BVA and BVZS on this consultation, and in April last year was invited to speak on behalf of BVA at an EFRA enquiry on the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Act https://www.bva.co.uk/news-campaigns-and-policy/newsroom/news-releases/vets-call-on-mps-for-better-tools-for-enforcement-of-animal-welfare-laws/
During the inquiry Heather gave evidence on the need for the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to be supported by updates to secondary legislation such as the Animal Establishments Act, and the need for greater regulation, particularly around the issue of pet sales.
The updates include that laws around selling pets and breeding dogs will:
make it completely illegal to sell puppies younger than eight weeks
require anyone breeding and selling three or more litters of puppies a
year to apply for a formal licence.
Consequences of breaching the new rules include an unlimited fine and/or up to six months in
Here at the University of Edinburgh’s Jeanne Marchig
international Centre for Animal Welfare Education, we’re looking forward to
2017, and to further developing our exciting projects and partnerships
We’ll continue to focus in the Asia-region with ongoing projects
to improve free-roaming dog welfare in India and Sri Lanka in partnership with
the Dogs Trust, but we’ll also be working a little closer to home with
partnerships to improve welfare in animal shelters in both Gran Canaria and
here in Edinburgh.
We’ve built strong links with veterinary schools in China,
India, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam and hope to continue to develop these
relationships to support veterinary skills developments and promote the role of
the veterinary nurse in animal welfare. We’ll also be working on a new project
to support improvements in farm animal welfare in China.
We’ll continue our project to improve zoo veterinary skills
in China, Japan and Indonesia through collaborations with WAZA, CAZG, EAZA, Animals
Asia and Wild Welfare.
also excited to be working on our new Dog & Cat behaviour MOOC to be
launched later this year.
is shaping up to be a busy year – we hope that you’ll continue to support us in
We wish you all a happy
and restful Christmas and New Year, wherever you are in the world
we come to the close of 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to thank
each and every one of you for all that you do to further animal welfare in your
work. Without the support and collaboration of people like you, our team
would not have been able to achieve what we have over the past year, and
certainly the future of animal welfare would not have moved forward as it
has. Highlights of our year include:
The ‘Send a Vet Nurse’ projects in India and Sri
Lanka, as well as collaborating with the Indian Government to run a production
animal health and welfare workshop for veterinarians and researchers working in
Animal Science and Veterinary medicine;
Working visits to Edinburgh by the Deans and
representatives from Indonesian, Philippine and Chinese veterinary schools to
learn about international standards, innovation in veterinary teaching,
integration of animal welfare and best practice animal care;
Ongoing collaboration with Dogs Trust to improve
free-roaming dog welfare around the world;
Jointly hosting the 50th Anniversary meeting of
International Society for Applied Ethology in Edinburgh, which was attended by
a record 600 delegates;
Improving zoo veterinary skills in China, Japan
and Indonesia through collaborations with Animals Asia and Wild Welfare;
The continuing success of our free online course
(MOOC) in Animal Welfare, and a new Dog & Cat MOOC to be launched in 2017;
The graduation of more ‘online’ Masters students
in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law and an increase in our Animal Welfare Masters
community to more than 150 each year;
The delivery of animal welfare education to
multiple partners around the world including China, India, Japan, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, USA, Canada and Spain.
are extremely grateful to the Marchig Trust for providing the funding that
supports the Centre’s work as an integrated unit within the Royal (Dick) School
of Veterinary Studies at the University of
With our very best
wishes and many thanks to you all,
from Professor Cathy
Dwyer and the team at the
International Centre for Animal Welfare Education
At the end of November we
celebrated the graduation of our International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law
MSc students. The graduation ceremony took place at the University of Edinburgh’s beautiful Usher
Hall and afterwards our graduates and their families were invited to a post-graduation
drinks reception at the Caledonian Hotel in Edinburgh.
We very much enjoyed
meeting up with our students, some of whom we had never met in person before
due to the online nature of the MSc in International Animal Welfare Ethics and
Law. This year, graduate Jane Stirling was awarded the UFAW prize for the best
dissertation for her thesis entitled: Does the cage-trapping of corvids
cause unnecessary suffering? A behavioural study of trapped magpies (Pica
The ceremony is a wonderful way
to celebrate their achievements and we congratulate all our graduates, those
that were able to attend the ceremony and those that could not make it to
Edinburgh this time. We welcome the graduates into our growing IAWEL Alumni
community and wish them all the best in whatever they do next.
Following the departure of the inaugural Director of
JMICAWE, Prof Natalie Waran, to a new job in New Zealand in September, we are delighted to announce that a new
Director of the Centre has been formally appointed.
Prof Cathy Dwyer has taken over the
leadership of the Centre with effect from 1st December 2016. Cathy will combine
the role with her continuing job as the head of the Animal Behaviour and
Welfare research team at SRUC (Scottish Rural College). Cathy’s background has been as a research scientist
specialising in livestock behaviour and welfare, as well as teaching on BSc and
MSc programmes in animal behaviour and welfare. She is an expert in maternal
behaviour in sheep and lamb survival, but also conducts research in behavioural
development, animal pain and welfare assessment, particularly of extensively
managed animals. She has supervised many BSc, MSc and PhD students in these
fields. She was awarded the BSAS/RSPCA award for innovative developments in
animal welfare in 2013 in recognition of her research in animal welfare. In
addition to her research and teaching, Cathy is passionate about research
making a difference to the lives of animals, and has worked with farmers, in
participative projects, and given talks to the general public, participated in
many science festival events and talked about animal welfare to school children.
Cathy has previously worked with Nat and others in the JMICAWE team on delivering workshops in livestock welfare in India and in running the 50th
Anniversary meeting of the International Society for Applied Ethology in
Edinburgh in July 2016. Her appointment to the Directorship will bring the SRUC
research team and the education function of the Centre closer together to
develop a strong presence in animal welfare at the University of Edinburgh’s
Easter Bush Campus.
Cathy says, ‘It will be a hard act to follow Nat’s
inspirational leadership of the Centre, but I am looking forward to the
challenge of continuing her good work and of increasing the excellent reputation of
the Centre globally’.
A very big welcome to Cathy, we look forward to working alongside you.