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Navigating the sea of animal care and welfare information, and caring for yourself while giving care to others, including saving species and wild places, is a challenge that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, where do you start?
Everyone should have access to continued learning opportunitites, affordable tools and resources they need to be at their best to achieve excellence in animal care and welfare.
The purpose of the Practical Animal Welfare Science (PAWS) platform is to support the flourishing of people and animals, and the beautiful planet we share.Become a member
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You are an animal caregiver, a professor, or another individual who wants the best for animals and people.
You are a zoo or aquarium, a sanctuary, or other organisation that wants the best for animals and people.
You are a student (college through university), studying fulltime who wants the best for animals and people.
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AnimalConcepts is pleased to offer partial or full sponsorship for the PAWS memberships - including payment plans, and offer a limited amount of hours per year of pro bono work for people and organisations in need. Join us to make a difference for animals and people today!Join us
Like you, we care about animal wellbeing
We know the challenges of taking care of yourself while giving care to others. We understand your commitment and desire to be at your best to achieve excellence in animal care and welfare. We listen to your needs to help you do the best job you can.
Accessing streamlined, up-to-date education with simplified tools and practical resources has never been easier. We combine science and practical experiences with compassion and creativity to create empathetic sustainable wellbeing programs for animals and people.Become a member
Marian van der Krift
Teacher Animal Care
Zone College Netherlands
"Without a doubt, I became a member the day it launched. Through this online platform, I can listen to experts from around the world, which is unique. What I really like is that it’s not limited to only a certain subject or a certain species. The more we know and understand about animals, the better we can take care of them. It also makes me a better animal care teacher."
Oakland Zoo USA
"The animal care and welfare field is evolving to see animal caretakers in all their roles as professionals, especially worldwide as we redefine who is ‘essential’. Building this professionalism through education, compassion, and advocacy is what PAWS does. It’s critical! The world wide platform brings us together in ways most other organisations don’t, or can’t. What AnimalConcepts does is so important!"
Professor Hannah M. Buchanan-Smith
University of Stirling
"Sabrina is a creative solution-finder; she takes time to understand the problem first. Drawing upon her vast experience, and deep understanding of what matters to individuals, she will inspire and help you find evidence-based approaches to create conditions that allow you and your animals to thrive."
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How can PAWS help me?
We should all be life-long learners. Ranging from animal care professionals to CEOs, from students to professors - no matter your level, no matter your position, PAWS can help. Receive easy, affordable on-the-go access to everything you need with streamlined resources and community support, so you can feel good while doing good for animals.
We all have knowledge to share, stories to tell, and questions and problems to solve. Through the PAWS platform, we unite world-leading experts and organisations of animal and human wellbeing to foster a community of empathetic professionals.
Download the 24/7 concept & pretransfer checklist
The 24/7 animal welfare is a concept that is concerned with promoting good and positive animal welfare for animals in human care, 24/7 across the lifespan. This concept is developed with Professor Buchanan-Smith at the University of Stirling.
The pretransfer checklist has been assembled by Dr. Sarah Chapman from Chapman Zoo Consultancy and Sabrina Brando from AnimalConcepts.