Animal Welfare at slaughter and killing for disease control

This eLearning course is aimed at allowing participants to improve their knowledge and skills in:

  • Relevant EU legislation (mainly focusing on Regulation (EC) N.1099/2009).
  • Scientific basis for optimum pre-slaughter handling, stunning, slaughter and culling of animals (basic animal behaviour/physiology and basic anatomy).
  • Animal keeping and assessment of keeping facilities.
  • Main stunning and killing techniques at slaughterhouses in Europe and in the context of culling for disease control purposes.
  • Animal welfare indicators (mainly from Welfare Quality® Protocols).
  • Killing of animals in the context of animal disease epidemics.

The scientific contents are mainly focused on the following animal species: cattle, pigs, small ruminants and broiler chickens.

Features

 365 days access
  • Average dedication: 8 hours
Online
  • 5 Units
  • Self-Paced
  • Multimedia
Available in:
  • English

How to Register

  • Check the NCPs Contact List for details and links to more detailed information.
  • If you are an governmental Official, from a EU Member State or from an invited Non-EU country, you can apply to the available eLearning courses, via the BTSF Online Application Form. In case you have any questions about the selection criteria, please consult with the relevant National Contact Point.
  • If you are a staff member working in EU Institutions and wish to participate in a BTSF Online eLearning course, please write to HADEA-BTSF-ACADEMY-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu from your official mailbox (name.surname@ec.europa.eu), to request registration.
  • For any other enquiries please send a message to HADEA-BTSF-ACADEMY-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu and the BTSF ACADEMY Team will be glad to assist you.

Animal Welfare at slaughter and killing for disease control for poultry - eLearning module

This eLearning course is aimed at allowing participants to improve their knowledge and skills in:

  • Main references to the legislative requirements for poultry.
  • Scientific basis for proper stunning and slaughter of poultry (basic animal behaviour and basic anatomy); Main stunning and slaughter techniques applied in slaughterhouses.
  • Development of standard operating procedures and monitoring of their application.
  • Animal welfare indicators: practical examples in slaughterhouses and problem raised by the risk of electro-immobilisation in poultry and the use of high frequency currents.
  • Main legislative requirements on animal welfare during killing for disease control purposes.
  • Main stunning and killing techniques for poultry.
  • Development of action plans for depopulation.

Features

365 days access
  • Average dedication: 8 hours
Online
  • 6 Units
  • Self-Paced
  • Multimedia
Available in:
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

How to Register

  • Check the NCPs Contact List for details and links to more detailed information.
  • If you are an governmental Official, from a EU Member State or from an invited Non-EU country, you can apply to the available eLearning courses, via the BTSF Online Application Form. In case you have any questions about the selection criteria, please consult with the relevant National Contact Point.
  • If you are a staff member working in EU Institutions and wish to participate in a BTSF Online eLearning course, please write to HADEA-BTSF-ACADEMY-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu from your official mailbox (name.surname@ec.europa.eu), to request registration.
  • For any other enquiries please send a message to HADEA-BTSF-ACADEMY-SUPPORT@ec.europa.eu and the BTSF ACADEMY Team will be glad to assist you.

BTSF Training Programme on Animal welfare at slaughter – cattle, pigs, sheep & goats (advanced).

Organisation and implementation of training activities on animal welfare on the farm, animal welfare at the time of killing of animals (at slaughterhouses and for disease control purposes) and animal welfare during transport under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Courses on Animal Welfare at slaughter of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats (advanced level)  are:

  • Improving awareness of rules and how to control that these are respected in the areas covered by the EU legislation in force, as concerns poultry and pig productions, slaughtering practices and long distance transportation.
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare at slaughter of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats (advanced level)  04/10/2022 06/10/2022

Welcome to the BTSF Training Programme on Animal welfare at slaughter - poultry (advanced), organised in the framework of the “Better Training for Safer Food” Initiative.

Organisation and implementation of training activities on animal welfare on the farm, animal welfare at the time of killing of animals (at slaughterhouses and for disease control purposes) and animal welfare during transport.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Course on Animal welfare at slaughter - poultry (advanced) are:

  • Raising awareness and promoting a common understanding of the EU animal welfare rules applicable to poultry and pig productions, slaughtering practices and long distance transportation. 
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 Animal welfare at slaughter - poultry (advanced) 15/11/2022 17/11/2022

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on Animal Welfare during transport (advanced) are:

Organisation and implementation of training activities on animal welfare on the farm, animal welfare at the time of killing of animals (at slaughterhouses and for disease control purposes) and animal welfare during transport.

  • Improving awareness of rules and how to control that these are respected in the areas covered by the EU legislation in force, as concerns poultry and pig productions, slaughtering practices and long distance transportation.
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare during transport (advanced level) 29/03/2022 31/03/2022
2 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare during transport (advanced level) 25/10/2022 27/10/2022

BTSF Training Programme on Animal Welfare in pig production


Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Courses on Animal Welfare in pig production are:

  • Contributing to improving compliance in the areas covered by the EU legislation in force, as concerns pig production.
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare in pig production 13/09/2021 15/09/2021
2 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare in pig production 16/11/2021 18/12/2021
3 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare in pig production 08/03/2022 10/03/2022

BTSF Training Programme on Animal welfare in poultry production - broilers

Organisation and implementation of training activities on animal welfare on the farm, animal welfare at the time of killing of animals (at slaughterhouses and for disease control purposes) and animal welfare during transport.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Courses on Animal welfare in poultry production - broilers are:

  • Raising awareness and promoting a common understanding of the EU animal welfare rules applicable to poultry and pig productions, slaughtering practices and long distance transportation. 
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare in poultry production 13/10/2021 15/10/2021
2 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare in poultry production 29/11/2021 01/12/2021
3 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare in poultry production 07/06/2022 09/06/2022

BTSF Training Programme on Animal welfare at slaughter and depopulation (basic).

Organisation and implementation of training activities on animal welfare on the farm, animal welfare at the time of killing of animals (at slaughterhouses and for disease control purposes) and animal welfare during transport under the Better Training for Safer Food initiative.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Course on Animal welfare at slaughter and depopulation (basic) are:

  • Improving awareness of rules and how to control that these are respected in the areas covered by the EU legislation in force, as concerns poultry and pig productions, slaughtering practices and long distance transportation.
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare at slaughter and in case of killing for depopulation purposes (basic level) 21/06/2022 23/06/2022

BTSF Training Programme on Animal Welfare during transport (basic)

Organisation and implementation of training activities on animal welfare on the farm, animal welfare at the time of killing of animals (at slaughterhouses and for disease control purposes) and animal welfare during transport.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Courses on Animal Welfare during transport (basic) are:

  • Improving awareness of rules and how to control that these are respected in the areas covered by the EU legislation in force, as concerns poultry and pig productions, slaughtering practices and long distance transportation.
  • Ensuring consistent and high implementation standards across the Union.
  • Promoting the exchange of good and best practices among EU Member States as regards control activities at farm.
  • Improving the welfare conditions of live farmed animals in Europe.
  • Improving awareness of the EU legislation on animal welfare in selected non-EU Countries.
  • Stimulating a constructive dialogue among the interested parties (including business operators, NGOs and their umbrella organisations), and also a collaborative climate among EU and Non-EU National Competent Authorities towards common achievements concerning the most controversial aspects in the interpretation of the relevant pieces of legislation.

Calendar and locations

Session Title Start Date End Date
1 BTSF Virtual Classroom on Animal Welfare during transport (basic level)  17/05/2022 19/05/2022

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Animal Welfare- Retrospective checks on transport of animals are:

  • to identify and know where to find all the information they need to perform effective retrospective checks on animal transport;
  • to cross-check the information with the appropriate legal requirements;
  • to reach the correct conclusion regarding the degree of compliance of a consignment, gain an understanding of good practices in the EU and how these may be adopted in their own control systems.



The overall objective of the BTSF Training Programme/Course on Enforcement of animal welfare during transport is to provide the European Union (EU) Member States (MS) and neighbouring non-EU countries with high-level effective training to ensure better organisation, implementation and enforcement of the EU rules on the welfare of animals during transport:

  • to achieve a uniform and correct implementation of EU rules on animal welfare during road transport in the Union by having national authorities performing controls in a uniform manner and of consistentlyhigh quality leading, where necessary, to taking relevant enforcement action to rectify and/or sanction non-compliances.
  • To identify and know where to find all the information they need to perform effective retrospectivechecks on animal transport.
  • To cross-check the information with the appropriate legal requirement
  • To obtain the correct conclusion regarding the degree of compliance of a consignment and gain an understanding of good practices in the EU and how these may be adopted in their own control systems
  • To reinforce networking between EU and certain non-EU countries’ staff involved in prioritisation and implementation of official controls by bringing together participants from different Member States and certain non-EU countries.
  • To allow the exchange of experience and disseminate best practices for risk targeting of control activities, implementing official controls, and effective enforcement and follow-up activities relating to EU rules on animal welfare during road transport in the Union and beyond.


Content

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Overview of main issues regarding animal welfare during road transport
  • Checks on journey planning, journey implementation and enforcement of animal welfare requirements
  • Use of TRACES to collect necessary information for official controls on animal welfare during transport
  • Risk-based selection of transporters/consignments for retrospective checks
  • Retrospective checks on journey logs using SNS data and temperature records, and enforcement
  • Auditing transport companies
  • Auditing/supervising Local Veterinary Units’ activities
  • Common constraints, challenges, weaknesses and good practices.

Target audience

This Training Programme has been designed for the profiles and positions described below. Please verify compliance with the selection criteria before submitting or validating applications.

  • Competent authority officials organising, implementing and enforcing legislation on animal welfare during road transport from all levels of the authorities (local, regional, central).
  • EU transport companies specialised in live animals
  • Local NGOs committed to disseminating EU animal welfare provisions

Calendar and locations

Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 06/06/2022 10/06/2022 Tilburg Netherlands
212/09/202216/09/2022 Linz Austria
317/10/2022 21/10/2022 BudapestHungary