American College of Animal Welfare

Becoming Board Certified

Applicant Materials, Forms and Information

Click this link to download a document summarizing the provisional, training, and alternate routes

Click this link to download the Applicant's Packet for the Alternative Route
Click this link to download the forms associated with the Alternate Route programs

Click this link to download the Applicant's Packet for the Provisional Route
Click this link to download the forms associated with the Provisional Route programs

Click this link to download the Applicant's Packet for the Training Route
Click this link to download the forms associated with the Training Route programs

Click this link to download the ACAW Registration Form for use with all routes

Click this link to download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document

Click this link to download the Animal Welfare Activities Log Form (for use with all routes)




Case Studies/Reports

     “Case studies” or “case reports” are activities to assist a mentor and candidate with the discussion of a situation or condition.  Case studies / case reports generally include:

  • Identification of a situation where welfare would need to be assessed
  • Determination of how to assess the welfare of the animal(s)
  • Written report of the assessment, including recommendations for steps that could be instituted so that the welfare could be improved

 As an example, a mentor might define a specific situation (e.g., dairy operation, animal shelter, elephant enclosure) where the candidate could compare, contrast, list, rank order the issues or circumstances inherent to the situation that might affect animal welfare, and the mentor could request a candidate provide a paradigm for a modified, and potentially enhanced outcome for the animal(s).  The purpose of the exercise is to identify factors affecting welfare, consideration of factor interaction upon welfare, and professional decision-making regarding options and choices supportive of good welfare outcomes.  These case studies / case reports are documentable in the candidate’s application of the alternate pathway as demonstrable evidence of focused interaction with the diplomate mentor and attentiveness to welfare principles and applications.