About us


The European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (abbrev.: ECAWBM) strives to provide animal owners and their veterinarians with veterinarians specialised in animal welfare and behavioural medicine through qualified European Specialists. The college is composed of two sub-specialities namely on animal welfare and behavioural medicine. Diplomates have undergone an extensive, well-defined training over many years within the fields of animalwelfare and behavioural medicine before passing a demanding board examination. This assures high quality service to the general pet owning public and to referring veterinarians.

Provisional Recognition 2002-04-01
Full Recognition 2013-04-12

The College shall have 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

Please see Constitution and Bylaws for full details.

College officers

  • Gonçalo da Graça Pereira, President president@ecawbm.org
  • Alessandro Cozzi, Vice-President vicepresident@ecawbm.org
  • Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy, Secretary  secretary@ecawbm.org
  • Nancy De Briyne, Treasurer treasurer@ecawbm.org
  • David Morton, Past-President  pastpresident@ecawbm.org
  • Patricia Turner, Chair Executive Group AWSEL secretaryaw@ecawbm.org
  • Sagi Denenberg, Chair Executive Group BM secretarybm@ecawbm.org

Specialist Titles

  • European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals)
  • European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law


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

Constitution & Bylaws

Click here to view the Constitution and ByLaws

Click here to see Appendix 1 (Quality Assurance) and Appendix 2 (on Knowledge, Skills and Competences of diplomates).

Committees of the College