Animal Welfare & Humane Slaughter

Cows in a field

What can you expect from the program/course?

Online Courses - Enrol Anytime

This stand alone online program is designed as a cohesive overview of the theory and applications that relate to the slaughter of all species that are processed in Canada. The program is a great asset to new and experienced professionals in the industry to keep up with increasing humane slaughter continuing education requirements.

This program consists of 6 individual courses that are designed to be taken as a whole package to give a wide overview and comprehensive understanding of humane slaughter practices in Canada. Each course can be taken over a 3 month time span to fit in with your busy professional life. Since this is a completely stand alone, online delivery, it is a cost effective training that will help decrease travel costs involved with traditional centralized training. 

The courses are interactive and extremely user-friendly, with real life examples making this a useful, concrete learning tool.

  • Introduction/Animal Welfare
  • Humane Slaughter – Bleeding
  • Humane Slaughter – Stunning & Killing
  • Humane Slaughter – Handling & Restraint
  • Humane Slaughter – The Barn Environment
  • Humane Slaughter – Poultry

What will you learn?

This program consists of 6 individual courses that are designed to be taken as a whole package to give a wide overview and comprehensive understanding of humane slaughter practices in Canada. Since this is a completely stand alone, online delivery, it is a cost effective training that will help decrease travel costs involved with traditional centralized training.

The courses are interactive and extremely user friendly, with real life examples making this a useful, concrete learning tool.

Program at a glance

Length of Program: Each course can be taken over a 3 month time span to fit in with your busy professional life.

Delivery: Online. Enrol at any time it is convenient for you

Fees: $499/person (with advance registration or full program registration)

Group Rates: (20 or more participants enrolled in the full Program at the same time) are available on request.

Admission Requirements: None

Course Listing


Introduction/Animal Welfare

On successful completion you will be able to; define the term "Animal Welfare", describe the origins and development of animal welfare, list the five freedoms, state when slaughterhouses were first regulated, and explain the purpose of quality assurance.

Tuition: $79/person


Humane Slaughter – Bleeding

On successful completion you will be able to; state why bleeding causes the death of an animal, identify the major blood vessels and their function, explain the differences between species that affect the rate of death, explain why the time between stunning and bleeding is important, give examples of factors that affect stun to bleed time, and state legal considerations concerning animal welfare during bleeding.

Prerequisite: Introduction/Animal Welfare

Tuition: $99/person


Humane Slaughter – Stunning & Killing

On successful completion you will be able to; describe how an effective stun is achieved, list the differences in action between penetrating and non-penetrating equipment, and define the term kinetic energy and its relevance to mechanical stunning methods.

Prerequisite: Introduction/Animal Welfare

Tuition: $99/person


Humane Slaughter – Handling & Restraint

On successful completion you will be able to; identify the key behaviour traits of animals, describe the senses of sight, hearing and smell in animals, and describe what is mean by the "field of vision".

Prerequisite: Introduction/Animal Welfare

Tuition: $99/person


Humane Slaughter – The Barn Environment

This module covers the assessment of animals for their fitness and the assessment of an animal’s basic needs - including food, water, space, segregation and thermal comfort. A section also looks at how barns can be designed to allow for efficient movement of animals.

Prerequisite: Introduction/Animal Welfare

Tuition: $99/person


Humane Slaughter – Poultry

This module covers the following elements as they relate specifically to the humane handling and slaughter of poultry; the barn environment, handling & restraint, stunning & killing, and bleeding.

Prerequisite: Introduction/Animal Welfare

Tuition: $99/person