The College of Animal Welfare was established in 1989 by Wood Green Animal Shelters in Cambridgeshire. The vision was to use education to help tackle animal welfare issues and the problem of unwanted and abandoned animals.
In 1996, the College became an independently managed, not-for-profit, organisation in its own right.
Today, the College has centres in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire and Scotland and specialises in training in the land-based sector. We strongly believe that education and training is the key to raising standards of animal welfare. We strive to create new and accessible opportunities for learning, and encourage employers and those working with animals to undertake appropriate levels of training and continue with lifelong learning and education.
In 2012 CAW set up the CAW Business School, based in Godmanchester, to offer business and accountancy programmes within the Eastern region. These qualifications are not only for within the animal industry but are for the wider business industry. Qualifications offered include Business Administraion, ILM, AAT and Customer Service and a variety of levels.