Downloads and resources

For more information on WSPA's education work or to share humane education materials, please use these resources.


First Concepts in Animal Welfare

A full collection of humane education materials developed by a wide range of organisations and individuals (looking at animals, people and the environment) is available for educators of 5-16 year olds. The materials are all designed to link to introductory-level education programmes and are available at

Four WSPA-produced materials for teachers in English can be downloaded directly from the links below; for availability in other languages check

First Concepts in Animal Welfare teacher’s guide (PDF 3MB)
An explanatory pack for educators.

Bears of the World education pack:
Bears of the world facts booklet (PDF 24MB)
Bears of the world factsheets (PDF 11MB)
Bears of the world poster (PDF 3MB)
Bears lesson ideas (PDF 6MB)

Caring for Cats and Dogs: An interactive decision-making classroom resource for teachers (PDF 12.2MB)
Please note hard copies of this resource are available on request from:

Doggy Speak (PDF 2.6MB)
This book seeks to explain how dogs communicate, and how children can recognise what they are expressing.

Advanced Concepts in Animal Welfare

These materials cover more complex animal welfare concepts, and are designed for university veterinary faculties and agriculture and livestock training institutes worldwide.

Concepts in Animal Welfare Syllabus (PDF 4.3MB)
This revised syllabus was written to assist with the teaching of animal welfare in veterinary faculties .
Access the modules online >>

Educating the veterinary professional about animal welfare (PDF 164KB)
This 2006 article about stimulating interest in animal welfare in vets and other professionals working with animals is from the scientific journal ALTEX.

For everyone

These leaflets can be used by anyone who wants to understand more about good pet care.

Caring for Your Cat leaflet (English; PDF 308 KB) also available in other languages at
High resolution version available on request from

Caring for Your Dog leaflet (English; PDF 329 KB) also available in other languages at
High resolution version available on request from