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Poultry Welfare Officer Farm


  • The Poultry Welfare Officer - Farm training course (PWOF)  addresses key welfare and quality issues relating to  poultry welfare from placement on the grower farm up to, and including, depopulation at slaughter age in broilers, laying hens, turkeys, ducks and geese.  

  • Each 2 day course deals with key welfare and quality issues during growth from day old chick to slaughter age.

  • These foundation courses enable delegates to understand the relevance of welfare and quality concerns during farm production.

  • AWT has a large (probably unique) media library of high quality images and movies from animal systems around the world, which form the core of AWT training courses.

  • AWT courses are taken by a wide range of professionals, including those from the animal production sector, veterinarians, retail sector and company management, government staff, students of agriculture and animal management, and a wide range of other people engaged in practical animal welfare. 

  • Professionals from all areas are welcome to join AWT courses to gain detailed background knowledge and understanding of production welfare issues.

  • The presentations and discussion groups cover production from day old chick, house and environment, biosecurity, disease protection, medicine use and AMR, ventilation and air quality, feed and water, lighting, litter, animal outcome measures and key welfare indicators, dealing with sick animals, euthanasia. 

  • At each stage,  relevant legislation (UK, EU, International regional), codes of practice are referenced in order to explain the requirement of base and higher standards of welfare.

  • Delegates can subsequently progress to Senior Welfare Officer Farm following attendance of core and elective modules.

  • Single species courses are available on request.

  • All broiler chicken PWOF courses are Poultry Passport approved (UK) and Poultry Training Record approved.

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Why bother with welfare?

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Chick placement

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Poultry housing

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Free range

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Genetic change

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Ventilation, temperature, air quality

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Poultry senses

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Feed and water

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Lameness - Gait Scoring

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Welfare measures

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Bird health scoring

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Dealing with sick birds


Successful completion of the course and the assessments which take place during the training will result in award of an AWT PWOF certificate.

PWOF courses are Poultry Passport accredited.


AWT PWOF certificates have been awarded for over 20 years.

Certificates are valid for 3 years.
After 3 years - certificates may be renewed by attending a 1 day refresher course (which refreshes the certification period for 3 years).

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