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High quality Control Posts

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Introduction

Compliance with AW standards during transport and at the CPs cannot be assured unless all those involved - such as veterinarians, drivers, CP managers and staff - understand that public awareness on this matter has increased tremendously and that their behaviour should change accordingly.

Countries should foster the competence and awareness of operators with appropriate training programmes as a means of ensuring compliance with regulation standards. Training, therefore, has a strategic role and the aim should be to develop human resources that are fully aware of the importance of management based on scientifically defined AW standards. Training, furthermore, is the most efficient means of assuring the development of both harmonised specialist competences and skills as well as harmonised interpretation of the legislation.

Traditional face-to face training has well known limits in terms of number of trainees, time and costs, so a set of eLearning tools is proposed, to overcome such barriers and allow a quick and effective spreading of knowledge and expertise.eLearning, in fact, allows beneficiaries to achieve deep knowledge and treasure time dedicated to learning: contents are delivered through a web based platform, accessible without time and/or space constraints.

eLearning solutions offer relevant advantages, such as:

  • Lower training process costs
  • Capillary training with no staff travel expenses
  • Reduced time for training implementation
  • Real-time tracking and certification of learning activities

Beneficiaries of the course packages are veterinarians, transport companies and Cps personnel (managers and staff), with the aim to let them:

  • understand social, cultural and scientific bases supporting European norms on AW during transport;
  • learn basic principles of animal physiology, with special reference to their needs and behaviours;
  • know the requirements of European norms on the protection of animals during transport and related operations (EC/01/2005) on the Community criteria for control posts (EC/1255/97), and on the harmonization of certain social legislation relating to road transport;
  • be able to fill and maintain all documents related to transport;
  • know the effects of transport on live animals and meat quality;
  • perform appropriately all loading, unloading and handling operations, to care first care to animals in case of emergency, and to protect personnel safety;
  • know satellite navigation systems and current and future applications to animal transport;
  • be able to manage a control post based on quality management system and in particular:
    • Fitness at arrival
    • Recovery during the stay
    • Fitness at departure
    • Basic and key AW infrastructure parameters
    • Protocol for the assessment of aw during resting at control post (based on “Welfare Quality Protocol)
    • Managerial and structural characteristics of CPs (location and accessibility, building typologies, environmental control, systems of loading and unloading and internal movement of animals, biosecurity measures, possible services for truck drivers, instructions and competence of personnel, hygienic and sanitary norms, etc.).

Obviously, different perspectives are proposed according to each target group needs. That's the reason why different eLearning modules represented the main WP5 outcomes:

  • Module 1, for common interest focused on Health Risks, Bio-security, provision and protection at CPs.
  • Module 2 addressed to Official vets
  • Module 3, addressed to CP personnel (managers and staff)
  • Module 4, addressed to transport companies personnel (managers and staff)

All modules are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Russian and Arabic after their validation. In fact, an internal and external testing process will take place from January 2013 to the end of May 2013. To learn more about the testing process please read here.

The courses will be delivered through an Open Source Learning Management System: Docebo.


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