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About us

Meet the CAWEC team

Xavier Manteca

Xavier Manteca obtained his degree and doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and also holds a Diploma from the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). He took a Master with specialization in applied animal behaviour at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Xavier is currently a professor at the Animal and Food Sciences Department of the UAB’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, where he teaches ethology and animal welfare.

Marta Amat

Marta Amat obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and also holds a Diploma from the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). She further obtained a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Since 2001, she works as a veterinarian for the Clinical Ethology Service provided by the UAB’s hospital, and since 2009, she has been responsible for the provision of this services.

Susana Le Brech

Susana Le Brech obtained her BSVc at the National University of the Northeast (UNNE), Argentina. In 2009 she obtained her MSc in Clinical Ethology and her MSc in Animal Science in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She obtained her PhD in 2014 (UAB) and her studies were focused on Individual differences in behavior and response to stress in dogs. Since 2012 she is Diplomate of the Colegio Latinoamericano de Etología Veterinaria (CLEVe).


Contributors

Joan Font

Joan Font obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2018 and coursed the Master en etología clínica at UAB in 2019. He is actually on the clinical ethology service at Hospital Clínic Veterinari de la UAB.

Cristina González

Cristina González obtained her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 2018 and coursed the Master en etología clínica at UAB in 2019. She is actually on the clinical ethology service at Hospital Clínic Veterinari de la UAB.

Sergio Tejedor

Sergio Tejedor works in education and modification of animal behaviour. Since 1996, he cooperates with the Clinical Ethology Service of the UAB’s Clínic Veterinari Hospital, performing practical sessions of behaviour modification and behavioural tests. He also works with different species of zoo animals, as a consultant in the areas of learning, veterinary medicine training and modification of behaviour.

Tomàs Camps Morey

In 2004, Tomás Camps obtained his degree in veterinary medicine at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). In the same year and at the same University, he obtained a Master degree in Clinical Ethology. In 2009, Tomás finished a master on Animal Research at the UAB, and in 2011 he obtained his Diploma from the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). His doctoral studies were focused on the relation between medical issues and behavioural issues in dogs and cats. Finally, he obtained his doctoral degree in 2015.Currently director of Etovets www.etovets.com

Mar Moradell Cruces

Specialist and teacher in positive dog education and behavior modification since 2004.
Collaboration with different veterinary practices.
Specialist and teacher in rehabilitation of horses with behavioral problems, with more than 15 years of experience.
Specialist in ethology and animal welfare in animal shelters.
She collaborated with the Affinity Foundation Chair-Animals and Health.

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Refugios y protectoras

Animal shelters

At CAWEC we want to help you maximize the welfare of the animals in the shelter and the staff that take care of them.

Advice on welfare of companion animals

We help you improve the welfare of your guests:

  • We visit the facilities to assess the welfare of the animals housed in the centre.
  • We provide strategies to improve the identified aspects and prevent problems that affect the welfare of both animals and staff.
  • Animal welfare training courses for shelter staff on site.
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Propietarios

Pet owners

At CAWEC we are concerned about the well-being of your pet and yours, that is why we offer you a series of services aimed at promoting petting that takes into account the aspects that guarantee it.

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Clinical ethology consultation - visits

If your pet is a dog and:

  • Barks excessively
  • Pull from side to side during the walk
  • Urinates and defecates inside the house
  • Has trouble staying alone
  • Has aggressive behaviors
  • Has fears, phobias, compulsive disorders or anxiety states.

Or a cat that:

  • Scratches the furniture in the house
  • Urinates and defecates out of the litter tray
  • Has aggressive behaviors
  • Has fear, phobias and changes in their usual general behavior

We can help you:

  • A veterinary specialist in clinical ethology can attend you at the Veterinary Clinical Hospital of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona or at your home. First, we will make a medical history of your pet, which will allow us to make a presumptive diagnosis and establish initial treatment guidelines. We will give you a complete report with everything we have explained to you in this first consultation.
  • Sometimes, it is necessary to do additional treatment sessions to modify the behavior. In them you will do exercises with your pet under our supervision. Depending on the problem we are dealing with, we will do it at your home or in a controlled environment at our facilities at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Advice on welfare of companion animals

Sometimes, your pet can live in an environment that does not allow the expression of important behaviors for him. In addition, certain practices (for example, punishment) can negatively affect the welfare of the animal if applied improperly.

Our service can advise you evaluating the welfare of your pet and facilitating the tools so that the well-being of your pet is guaranteed.

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Socialization classes for puppies

Your puppy begins its socialization at 3 weeks of age and ends at 3 months. In order for it to have a balanced adult behavior, it is very important that during these weeks it gets used to different species with which it will live (adults and children, cats, horses, etc.), other dogs, environmental noises, in addition to learn a series of guidelines (control their bite, urinate and defecate in a specific place, etc.).

We offer you to accompany you in this process, giving you the most important information about its education and development, so that your puppy:

  • Gets used to being with other dogs and unknown people
  • Accepts manipulations like exploring its ears or brushing
  • If any problem is detected early, he can receive the appropriate treatment

At CAWEC we offer training for pet owners

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Owner training

As the owner of a dog or a cat we offer you the possibility of carrying out at the Veterinary Faculty of the UAB:

  • Dog behavior: in which you will be able to understand its social behavior and communication, as well as the basic aspects of how to educate your dog.
  • Cat behavior: in which the social behavior and communication of cats are explained, as well as the basic aspects of the requirements that the domestic environment must have to avoid stress problems.

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Empresas

Companies

At CAWEC we want to promote the creation of pharmaceutical products aimed at the management and treatment of behavior problems and the well-being of companion animals and the awareness of the importance of practices that guarantee the well-being of dogs, cats and exotic animals.

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Investigation

CAWEC has the human team and facilities to carry out:

  • Advice on the development process of a product related to the behavior and well-being of companion animals.
  • Studies to test a product. The studies will always be carried out following scientific criteria.
  • Design of studies to check the efficacy of the product under controlled conditions.
  • Comparison of the product with other products on the market.

Advice on welfare of companion animals

CAWEC has an advisory service to veterinary practices and shelters to maximize the welfare of animals, clients and the veterinary team.

To achieve this CAWEC:

  • Evaluates the welfare of the animals housed in the centres and identifies the points for improvement.
  • Provides strategies to improve the aspects found and prevent problems that may affect the welfare of the animals, as well as the staff that works at the centre.
  • Teaches animal welfare training courses for centre staff on site.
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At CAWEC we offer training for companies in the sector

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Specific training for companies

At CAWEC we offer training for companies in the veterinary and pet nutrition sector on products and practices related to animal behavior and welfare aimed at:

  • The company's technicians. Since they are responsible for the promotion / distribution of the product, they are provided with the relevant technical aspects, always from a scientific basis, and their strengths for the treatment of the behavior / welfare problem of small animals.
  • The clients of the company. By launching a new product related to the behavior and well-being of pets, we can collaborate in the training of veterinarians or owners so that they can use the product in the correct way and maximizing its benefit.

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ATV - Educadores

Veterinary Technicians - canine trainers

At CAWEC we want to help you increase your knowledge on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats.

Stays in our service

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At CAWEC we offer training for veterinary centres and their staff

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Practical course of specialization in behavior modification

The treatment of the main behavioral problems of the dog is based on learning. Therefore, behavior modification is the basis for the treatment of behavioral problems.

In this course you will acquire all the tools and techniques necessary to be able to deal with most behavioral problems. They range from the simplest techniques to the most innovative advances in this field.

The direct and personalized treatment and its practical application make it an ideal course of behavior modification in the dog, whether it is your first course in dog education, or if you already have knowledge on this field.

In order to take the course, a theoretical basis is required. Send us your CV to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. and we will evaluate your request.

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