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Animal Welfare Officer Processing

Course covers areas including:

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Movement of animals in lairage

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(and human) 

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Handling and restraint

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Animal senses

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Making sense of animal sense


Mechanical stunning

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Electrical stunning

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Controlled atmospheres

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Welfare and carcase quality

Red Meat Species (Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs) Welfare at Processing 

  • AWT provide 2 day courses related to welfare during  processing for red meat (cattle, sheep, goat, pig)  production. 

  • AWT  Animal Welfare Officer - Processing training courses  ( AWOP ) have, for over 20 years, delivered sector specific  information, international training and certification  relating to understanding and improvement in ante-  mortem welfare, carcass and meat quality.

  • Each 2 day course deals with key welfare and quality issues  during primary processing.

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

  • 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.

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

  • AWT courses are taken by a wide range of professionals, including those from the animal production and slaughter 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. 

  • Within the meat industry across Europe ‘Welfare Officers’ are typically slaughter / stock operatives holding relevant Certificates of Competence (CoC’s) who have been mandated by the Business Operator to fulfil the roles and legal requirements of Regulation EC 1099/2009 (WATOK - UK).​

  • Professionals not directly associated with meat production not wishing to hold CoC’s are welcome to join AWT courses to gain detailed background knowledge and understanding of production welfare issues.

  • The presentations and discussion groups cover production through loading, transport, market, offloading, action for casualty animals, stockmanship, lairage operations, handling, stunning, slaughter / killing and carcass quality. 

  • 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 AWOP following attendance of core and elective modules.

  • Single species courses are available on request.


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

AWOP courses are Lantra accredited.


AWT AWOP 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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