Master's Degree in Animal Welfare

Animal welfare has become a key concept in animal-related areas. This Master's aims to train experts/as capable of evaluating, managing, research and protecting the welfare of pet, farm and wild animals.

  • UAB Master's Degree (Continuing Education)
  • Code: 3865/6
  • 6th edition
  • Modality: Blended
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Start date: 29/09/2023
  • Finish date: 21/06/2024
  • Places: 40
  • Orientation: Professional
  • Price: 4500 €
  • Teaching language: Spanish (80%), English (20%)
  • Location: Facultat de Veterinària. Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)

The master's degree in Animal Welfare enables the knowledge and skills required to be able to manage and advise on any aspect relating to the welfare of farm, domestic and wild animals.

The master's degree is focused on the scientific foundations of animal welfare, but it also explores ethical and legislative aspects. The programme will allow the student to be able to evaluate animal welfare, propose preventive measures and find out and resolve the major animal welfare problems of the various centers that have animals that are stabulous or free (farms, protectors, zoos, etc.).

The master's degree has a duration of 9 months and is semi-presential: from 29 September to 15 December 2023, a presence activity is carried out at the UAB, and from January to June 2024, work and activities are entirely online. Both stages are mandatory and non-exchangeable and modifiable at dates or format.

Download the informative document of the master's degree in Animal Welfare (in Spanish).

Career opportunities

- Veterinary animal welfare specialist.
- Animal welfare researcher.
- Animal welfare consultant for farms, breeding establishments, sanctuaries, zoos, etc.
- Animal welfare expert in local, national or international agencies, in private companies or in education.


UAB masters and graduate diplomas may include or facilitate external academic internships in companies or institutions in order to help the student to achieve a level of expertise that facilitates the insertion or promotion in the workplace.

For this study programme non-curricular (optional) internships are possible:

  • Non-curricular
    As a UAB student, you have access to the University occupation portal, the Occupability Service, through which you can participate in selection processes for non-curricular practices as well as getting a contract. In both cases, you need to sign up to the Nexus application.

Scholarships and financial aid

Chek all the information on the possibilities for grants and scholarships in the page for UAB financial aids, grants and calls.

Coordinating centres

Departamento de Ciencia Animal y de los Alimentos

Collaborating centres

Emplumados Club (Asociación de Bienestar en Loros)
Explotación ganadera Can Gel
Explotación ganadera Mas Castanyer
Explotación ganadera Mas Vilallonga (Gerfarm Rubirola)
Fundació Hospital Clínic Veterinari de la UAB
Instituto de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentarias (IRTA)
International Zoo Veterinary Group
Matadero ESFOSA
Oceanogràfic de València y Fundación Oceanogràfic
Organización Mundial de Sanidad Animal (OIE)
Parc Zoològic de Barcelona
Protectora de gossos i gats, Refugi l'Última Llar
Universidad de Cádiz
Universidad de Murcia
Universidad de Lleida
University of Copenhagen
Utah State University
Servei de Granges i Camps Experimentals de la UAB
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Zoo Antwerp - Centre for research and Conservation
CosmoCaixa Barcelona - Museo de la Ciencia de Barcelona
Centre de Recuiperació d'Amfibis i Rèptils de Catalunya (CRARC)
Centre de Recuperació d'Animals Marins de Catalunya (CRAM)


Oriol Tallo Parra

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