About us

Welcome to The College of Animal Welfare

The College of Animal Welfare was established in 1989 by one of the leading animal welfare charities, Wood Green Animal Shelter in Cambridgeshire.

In 1996, the College became an independently managed, not for profit, organisation and now has four training centres across the UK – Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and Scotland.

The College specialises in training in the land-based sector and, in particularly, veterinary nurse and animal care training. We strongly believe that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare. To this end, we strive to create new and accessible opportunities for learning, and encourage employers and those working with animals to undertake appropriate levels of training and continue with lifelong learning and education.

The College has a hard-earned reputation for excellence, delivering quality training and education, and has a history of being a pioneer with a number of unique achievements, most notably are the creation of the first BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing programme in 1998 and the Level 2 Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants programme in 2005.

Learning opportunities for all

We take great pride in our equal opportunities policy to make learning available to all and we seek to encourage applications from all members of the community. No student shall be excluded from any course on the grounds of age, sex, marital status, religion, ethnic origin or disability.

If you have any special needs or requirements then we will be happy to discuss this with you and make any necessary arrangements where possible prior to you enrolling. For further advice or guidance please contact us.

We are here to help, we want you to succeed, and we will do our utmost to achieve this.

CAW Principal Barbara Cooper

Barbara Cooper HonAssoc RCVS CertEd LicIPD DTM RVN
Principal, The College of Animal Welfare

Our mission

"Providing innovative learning opportunities for the promotion of animal welfare"