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Care Worldwide



Worldwide animal welfare is a topic of growing public interest and concern. Animal health professionals are the key players for animal welfare in daily practice, research, law enforcement and as experts in society. For this important task, students of animal health professions need to be equipped with knowledge, skills and a strong awareness for their responsibility as experts for the welfare of animals. Animal welfare requires a practical, professional and science-based approach which can be applied in everyday practice.

To support academic institutions and continuous professional development to include animal welfare into their training WTS has developed comprehensive teaching modules with a focus on applied animal welfare.

The VETS UNITED Animal Welfare Teaching Modules are aligned with WOAH curriculum recommendations for veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessional students and peer reviewed by experts in science, academia and practice from all over the world.

In addition to the Teaching Modules WTS created the VETS UNITED Step-by-Step Guide. The guide explains how to embed animal welfare into academic education successfully and long-term. The document is based on WTS’s long-term expertise in running animal welfare training programs, sharing experiences, giving case examples and providing templates and additional documents.


Animal welfare modules for professionals

The VETS UNITED Animal Welfare Teaching Modules are an easy-to-use set of presentations, videos and additional teaching resources for interactive and engaging classes to empower animal health professionals for their task as advocates for animal welfare. They are particularly aimed at universities and colleges offering animal health courses, but can also be used for the continuing education of professionals in the field.

The free modules are designed to fit a wide range of audiences and countries. They can be adapted to the knowledge level of the participants and enriched with relevant content for different local contexts.

Animal welfare is a cross-sectional subject influencing all areas of veterinary medicine. This is why modules cover a wide range of animal welfare related topics:

  • Introduction to Animal Welfare
  • Animal Care
  • Humane Handling
  • Clinical Examination
  • Animal Welfare Assessment
  • Animal Welfare Legislation
  • Wound Management
  • Pain Management
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Responsible Use Of Antimicrobials
  • Vaccinations
  • Euthanasia
  • Animal Transport
  • Humane Slaughter


Welttierschutzstiftung (WTS) is a German charitable foundation, established in 2015 by Welttierschutzgesellschaft e. V. The foundation promotes animal welfare worldwide. With its main programme VETS UNITED, WTS supports animal welfare education for animal health professionals. The foundation works in close cooperation with educational institutions, veterinary associations and local government departments.