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International Poultry Welfare Alliance launches new training modules

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IPWA unveils educational modules that compliment new poultry welfare guides.

The International Poultry Welfare Alliance (IPWA) has introduced a comprehensive set of educational training modulesP_0l9kaimed at complementing its Key Welfare Indicator (KWI) Guides (read our in-depth story about these guides here).

Developed in partnership with Fresno State’s Center for the Optimization of Poultry (COOP), these modules are designed to enrich industry knowledge and promote best practices in poultry welfare.

The collaboration between IPWA and COOP underscores a shared commitment to advancing poultry welfare through accessible and engaging educational content. The training modules meticulously cover each section of the IPWA’s Key Welfare Indicator Guides, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of crucial topics related to poultry welfare.


Nick Wolfenden, co-chair of the Education and Training committee at IPWA and representing Cargill, is enthusiastic about the initiative. “We are thrilled to unveil these educational training modules as part of our ongoing efforts to promote the highest standards of poultry welfare globally. Seeing the IPWA membership of industry and academics come together to identify the gap, collaborate, and implement such an impactful solution has been very fulfilling.”

The courses are hosted through COOP, utilizing premier course development software and engaging visuals to ensure a user-friendly experience for learners. Access to the modules will be available through the Fresno State website and the IPWA website. Currently, four broiler-focused modules are live, with plans to introduce turkey and laying hen training modules in 2024. Additionally, translations into other languages are scheduled for 2025.

Dr. Katy Tarrant at COOP expressed excitement about contributing to the advancement of poultry welfare education, stating, “Our collaboration with IPWA reflects our shared commitment to delivering high-quality, accessible educational content.”

For more information about the educational training modules and how to access them, please visit the COOP Academy here.

It is important to note that there is a fee associated with accessing the modules. IPWA/ US-RSPE members and students are eligible for reduced rates. Additionally, there is a free introductory course available to anyone, accessible here.

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