The first edition of the advanced level training course on “Animal Welfare during transport” was held in Rome (Italy) from March 12th to 15th, 2019.
IZSAM organised the event in partnership with the University of Milan, in the framework of the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) Initiative of the European Commission (CHAFEA, Service Contract No. 20169606).
Thirty-four participants, selected by National Contact Points, joined the course, representing 27 European and non-European countries, such as: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Jordan, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey.
Delegates from eight European National Competent Authorities (Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Ireland, UK), one OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) representative, and five experts from the academic and research sectors contributed to carry out a practical training programme, in which participants played a key-role. They were supported by eight stakeholders’ representatives (animal transporters and their associations, private companies and NGOs) and three facilitators.
The course – introduced by Ms. Domitilla Pierucci, from the Italian Ministry of Health - aimed at raising the level of competence of official veterinarians responsible for official controls, according to the Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations. Dynamic interaction, inter-dialogue and discussions facilitated the fully achievement of the course learning objectives.
For the first time, a BTSF course dealt with main aspects related to control activities during transport not only by road, but also by sea and air. Moreover, great attention was paid to the critical issues related to exports to no-EU countries.
The course adopted a problem solving and participatory approach, stimulated - since the first training day - by OPERA methodology. This is a group work aimed at bringing out relevant, transversal and interesting issues, starting from critical factors related to the implementation of the already mentioned Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.
Theoretical lessons were sided by discussions, group and plenary activities for the solution of case studies focused on documentary checks, presentation of real cases and best practices adopted to solve problems. On the third training day an interactive workshop was organised, with four parallel sessions: