About us


The European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM) strives to provide animal owners and their veterinarians with European Veterinary Specialists; veterinarians specialised in animal welfare and/or behavioural medicine. The college is composed of two sub-specialties namely Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (AWSEL) and Behavioural Medicine (BM). Diplomates are qualified veterinarians who have undergone an extensive, well-defined training programme over many years within the fields of animal welfare and behavioural medicine before passing a demanding board examination. This assures high quality service to the general animal owning public and to referring veterinarians.


Behavioural Medicine. Provisionally recognised in 2002. Fully recognised in 2013 (12th April 2013).
Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Provisionally recognised in 2011

Recognition from the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation

The College received Provisional Recognition from the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) on the first of April 2002 and Full Recognition on the 12th of April 2012.

ECAWBM Structure

The College is governed by the College Board which consists of the College officers. The College officers are elected during AGMs by the College Members. The College officers ensure that the College runs according to the rules of the EBVS and the Constitution and Bylaws of the College. Day to day activities are run by the Executive Group of both sub-specialities. Each sub-speciality Executive Group is comprised of the Chair of each Sub-Committee and the Chair of the Executive Group. The Executive Group oversees the running of the Committees who work hard to keep all college affairs in order.

ECAWBM Board / College Officers

  • President: Anouck Haverbeke, president@ecawbm.org
  • Vice-President: Peter Thornton, vicepresident@ecawbm.org
  • Secretary: Emmanuelle Titeux, secretary@ecawbm.org
  • Treasurer: Martin Whiting, treasurer@ecawbm.org
  • Past-President: Alessandro Cozzi, pastpresident@ecawbm.org
  • Chair Executive Group AWSEL: James Hunt, secretaryaw@ecawbm.org
  • Chair Executive Group BM: Sarah Heath, secretarybm@ecawbm.org

Sub-speciality Executive Groups and Committees of the College

ECAWBM Members

The College has the following members:
(a) Founding Diplomates ECVBM-CA (2002)
(b) Founding Diplomates ECAWBM (Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) (2011)
(c) Diplomates
(d) Honorary Members
(e) Associate members
(f) Non-Practising Diplomates
(g) Retired Diplomates

Specialist Titles

  • EBVS European Veterinary Specialist® in Behavioural Medicine
  • EBVS European Veterinary Specialist® in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law

Constitution & Bylaws

Policies and Pocedures

ECAWBM Members Lists

Latest Updates


5th European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare Pisa, 19th-20th October, 2023 The local committee is pleased to

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Committees of College

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (AWSEL) Sub-Speciality Sub-Committees

AWSEL Executive Group

  • James Hunt (Chair)
  • Anne Quain
  • Hen Honig
  • Manuel Magalhães Sant’Ana

For enquiries about examinations, please contact Hen Honig at examinationAWSEL@ecawbm.org

For enquiries about credentials and recertification, please contact Anne Quain at credentialAWSEL@ecawbm.org

For enquiries about education, please contact Manuel Magalhães at residencyAWSEL@ecawbm.org

Re-certification and Credentialing sub-Committee:

  • Anne Quain (Chair)
  • Evangelina Sossidou (Vice-Chair)
  • Peter Fordyce
  • Cecilie Mejdel
  • Elie Wigham

Education sub-Committee:

  • Manuel Magalhães Sant’Ana (Chair)
  • David Bailey
  • Sophia Hepple
  • Elein Hernández Trujillo ​(Training Officer) 

Examination sub-Committee:

  • Hen Honig (Chair)
  • Eleonora Nannoni (Vice-Chair)
  • Jose Peralta
  • Frank Peron
  • Monica Battini
  • Viktor Jurkovich

Behavioural Medicine (BM) Sub-Speciality Sub-Committees

BM Executive Group:

  • Sarah Heath (Chair)
  • Ludovica Pierantoni
  • Christos Karagiannis
  • Ángela González Martínez

Credentialing and Re-certification sub-Committee:

  • Christos Karagiannis (Chair)
  • Theresa de Porter (Vice Chair)
  • Yasemin Saligirli Demirbas
  • Ashley Elzerman

Education and Residency sub-Committee:

  • Ángela González (Chair)
  • Lorella Notari (Vice Chair)
  • Marta Amat
  • Asahi Ogi
  • Isabel Luno (Training Officer)

Examination sub-Committee:

  • Sylvia Masson (Chair)
  • Maya Bram​ (Vice Chair)
  • Carlo Siracusa 
  • Chiara Passalacqua
  • Machteld van Dierendonck
  • Nadja Affenzeller
  • Simona Normando
  • Stephane Bleuer
  • Clara Palestrini