The IRSEA is recognised as an accredited centre by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, ECAWBM (European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine) to train future specialists in Behavioural Medicine (BM) and Animal Welfare, Ethics and Legislation (AWSEL).
Since 2017, the Graduates of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine who work at the Institute can supervise Residents who will be the future specialists in the discipline in Europe.
Today, IRSEA is the only establishment in Europe that has dual accreditation, meaning that we can welcome residents wishing to specialize in the sub-specialty of the College of Behavioral Medicine, but also in the sub-specialty of Animal Welfare, Ethics and Legislation and within the framework of a "Standard Residency Program", which means that our residents complete their entire training in our establishment and work within the IRSEA team. The CECBA also has a role to play in supporting the IRSEA during case studies, whether they be consultations or audits.
The path to becoming a specialist consists of work on several aspects:
- Monitoring and exposure of clinical cases in Behavioral Medicine and Auditing in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Legislation for all species.
- Research activities and scientific publications in the field of Animal Welfare, Ethics, Legislation and Behavioural Medicine for all species.
- Teaching activities in the field of Animal Welfare, Ethics, Legislation and Behavioural Medicine for all species.
At the end of the years of work, the residents present a file to the ECAWBM College with a record of all the work done. This is the first part of the assessment. If the file is validated by the College, residents can then participate in the final examination to become European Specialists in Behavioural Medicine or Animal Welfare, Ethics, Legislation.
Currently, the IRSEA and the CECBA welcome four residents supervised by two graduates of the Collège .
For the specialty Animal Welfare, Ethics, Legislation :
- Míriam Marcet-Rius
- Elisa Codecasa
For the behavioral medicine specialty:
- Tiago Mendonça
- Manuel Mengoli
The ECAWBM Residence is an asset for the IRSEA and the CECBA.
Giving the opportunity to veterinarians from all over Europe to come and discover our group is important. But the most important is to be able to give them the opportunity to specialize in two key areas in the veterinary world and in animal welfare. We are proud to be the only establishment to offer both sub-specialties, which makes us a resolutely attractive institute in the eyes of European veterinarians.