Celebrating 25 Years of The College of Animal Welfare (1989-2014)

Silver Jubilee Booklet Cover Page








Click on the photo above to download our Silver Jubilee Booklet.

The College of Animal Welfare was first established in 1989 by one of the leading animal welfare charities Wood Green Animal Shelter.  The vision was to use education to help tackle animal welfare issues and the problem of unwanted animals.

In 1996 the College, known at the time as the Wood Green College of Animal Welfare, became independent of the charity as a not for profit organisation in its own right and changed its name to The College of Animal Welfare.

To this day the College maintains strong links with the animal welfare sector and the veterinary profession, particularly with Wood Green The Animals Charity, the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, the Royal Veterinary College and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as numerous veterinary practices and animal related businesses

College Principal (and founding manager), Barbara Cooper, said “We are thrilled to be celebrating our silver jubilee this year. I have been at the College since its inception in 1989, and am proud of the way the College has grown and developed over the past 25 years”.

In recognition of our 25 year anniversary, we held a number of celebratory and fundraising events and special offers throughout 2014.


House of Commons Reception

On Monday 1 September, we held an evening reception hosted by Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, in the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.

With over 140 guests including employers, current and former staff, partner organisation and friends of the College, a great night was had by all.

You can read all about the evening on our blog.


Course Badges

Group photo of badges






August saw the launch of our new range of course badges that are set to recognise the achievements of the The College of Animal Welfare students who complete a number of accredited qualifications.

Silver Jubilee Badges

Silver Jubilee Badge






We also now have special Silver Jubilee badges to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Badges will be given to students and staff of the College and can also be picked up from The College of Animal Welfare’s stand at BVNA Congress in October and London Vet Show in November!


80s Music Quiz

In July some of our Potters Bar students took part in a 80s music quiz – everyone had a lot of fun!


The College of Animal Welfare Clothing Range

Clothing & Merchandise





The College launched a new range of branded clothing, including hoodies, polo shirts, fleeces and much more.

View the range of clothing here.


Dog Grooming Offer

Godmanchester Foodbank presentation

During April, we offered people the opportunity to get their dog professionally groomed at our Huntingdon centre for a charitable donation of just £10! We raised a total of £260 for Godmanchester Foodbank and an additional £260 was donated by the College to its Student Hardship Fund. Thank you to everyone involved. Read the full story here.


Love your CPD

During March we offered all 2014 short courses for just £50! The offer was well very received will many of our courses filled and extra dates needing to be set to meet the demand!

Silver Jubilee Birthday Cake

Silver Jubilee Cake

The cutting of our very special birthday cake took place at TP Congress!