Two leading courses in animal welfare education at The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have received awards for their innovative approaches.

From left: Tamsin Coombs and Susan Jarvis, programme coordinator and director, respectively, of the MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, with Fritha Langford, programme director of the online MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law. IMAGE: The University of Edinburgh.

The on-campus Master’s in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, introduced in 1990, and the online Master’s in International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law, launched in 2012, have received the Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare Award from the British Society of Animal Science and the RSPCA.


The programmes have been praised for the role they played in transforming the care of pets, livestock and wild animals worldwide, and lauded for improving the welfare of animals used in research.

David Argyle, head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “We are committed to training the animal welfare leaders of the future and are thrilled these programmes, run jointly with Scotland’s Rural College, have been recognised for their success.”


Alumni have gone on to make significant improvements in animal welfare around the world, and have forged successful careers in research, education, government, veterinary practice, and as members of non-governmental and industry organisations.

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