Advice in Small Animal Welfare

The main activities in welfare of CAWEC are:

  • Advice to animal shelters.
    • Evaluation of the welfare of the animals housed in shelters.
    • Provide strategies to improve the aspects identified during the evaluation and to prevent problems that may affect the welfare of the animals, as well as the staff working in the shelter.
    • Animal welfare training courses for shelters staff.
  • Advice to veterinary practices (clinics and hospitals) to improve the welfare of patients and clients.
    • Visit to the veterinary practice in order to identify aspects to be improved.
    • Provide strategies to improve the aspects identified during the evaluation.
    • Training courses in animal welfare for the staff of the veterinary practice (in the practice itself).

Stays at our service

Estancias en nuestro servicio

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Behaviour modification services

Servicio de Modificación de Conducta

In most cases, the treatment requires behaviour modification sessions. Employing learning techniques, which always protect our patients' welfare, we are able to alter behaviours that are annoying for the animal's owners.

  • Behaviour modification for cases initially treated by CAWEC: the behaviour modification service, leaded by Sergio Tejedor, will be in permanent contact with the clients and the veterinarians responsible for each case, in order to provide a fast an efficient response.
  • Behaviour modification for cases initially treated at other veterinary center: if you already obtained a clinical diagnosis of the problem and require our behaviour modification service for the treatment, this alternative is also possible at CAWEC. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require this service.

Clinical Ethology Service – Visits

Servicio de Etología Clínica – Visitas

Behaviour issues are very frequent in everyday clinical practice. At CAWEC, we offer three alternatives to offer a high-quality clinical ethology service at your clinic:

  1. Visits to your veterinary center: the diagnosis and follow-up is performed at your veterinary center, so that your client does not need to travel.
  2. Home visits: in some cases, the environment is crucial in the manifestation of behaviour issues. In other cases, the animal's owner may have difficulties in traveling to the veterinary center, being home visits the best option for your client. We can visit your home to make the session possible.
  3. Visits to the UAB's Clinical Veterinary Hospital: our permanent clinical ethology service is available for you to forward any case that you may consider convenient Fundació Hospital clínic

In any of the three alternatives, the first visit includes an interview with the animal's owner (of a duration of 60 minutes approximately), preparing general treatment standards for the owner, a report for the veterinary center, and a follow-up via e-mail. The diagnostic obtained in the first visit usually is not a definitive diagnosis. In those cases in which a definitive diagnosis cannot be obtained, the most appropriate convention diagnosis is considered in order to get a final diagnosis as soon as possible.

Follow-up visits are carried out in any of the three modalities mentioned above. The visits have a duration of 30 minutes approximately, and during each visit treatments are adjusted according to the patient's progress. If a new behaviour issue appears and it is not related to the previous one, a new first visit must be performed.

In most cases, the treatment requires sessions of behaviour modification. For more information, you may visit the section “Behaviour modification services”.

Send a message

CAWEC, Centro de Educación sobre Bienestar de Animales de Compañía

Tel: +34 93 581 1647 | +34 93 581 1352
Fax: +34 93 581 14 94


Companion Animal Welfare Education Centre
Departament de Ciència Animal i dels Aliments, VO-123 Edifici V - Campus UAB -
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)

UAB - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Hospital Clínic Veterinari (UAB) Bayer ECUPHAR veterinaria  Purina Multimédica Ediciones Veterinarias Servei de Nutrició i Benestar Animal (SNIBA)