Guidance for Transportation of Live Animals by Air – 2 Days


On many occasions, people need to transport live animals by air. Very often those animals are personal pets, but there are different kinds of animals transported by air as sporting animals, agricultural animals, zoological animals, and species being transported for reasons of science.
Once accepted for transport the operators have to ensure the safety of passengers, crew members, and animal handlers. On the other side, the welfare of transported animals needs to be maintained at the required standards.

This training is based on two documents used by airlines and shippers as guidelines for air transportation. Those are the IATA Live Animal Regulations and European Commission Regulation (EC) 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presents the majority of scheduled airlines and even though it is not a regulatory body, IATA members need to follow standards established in annually published IATA’s Live Animals Regulations (LAR).
Many countries have formally adopted the provisions of the IATA LAR as part of their legislation. As well the IATA LAR is accepted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) as guidelines for the transport of animals by air.

The European Union Regulation 1/2005 covers the protection of animals during transport and related operations. This supranational regulation applies to live animal shipments carried in aircraft. This Regulation focuses primarily on commercial shipments of Farm Animals and Horses but also covers the transport of all other vertebrate species.

Who is the course for?

The target audience for this course includes professionals working in the aviation industry, including airline staff, cargo operators, ground handling personnel, animal welfare officers, veterinarians, and individuals responsible for the transportation and handling of live animals.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

Participants of this course can expect to learn about a wide range of topics related to the transportation of live animals by air, including animal welfare considerations, international regulations and standards, container and crate requirements, documentation and record-keeping procedures, handling and loading procedures, veterinary care during transportation, and emergency response protocols.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

– Introduction to the transport of Live Animals by Air – Why we need standards for the transport of Live Animals
-Application -Review of regulations concerning transport by air of Live Animals
– Responsibilities- Shipper and Carrier responsibilities
– Preparation for transport – reservations and arrangements
– What we need to know about animal behavior – segregation of different species, disturbance, and in-flight environment
– Description of species – Classification and common description of species
– Technical requirements – What kind of containers are needed for different species
– Administrative requirements – Description of the necessary documentation to transport live animals by air
– Marking and Labeling – how containers need to be marked and labeled in order to avoid delays or rejection of shipments
– Handling – acceptance, ground handling, loading, feeding, and watering of live animals.
– Species transported for reasons of science – this covers procedures for the transport of Laboratory Animals.

Target groups

This training is designed for the staff of airlines, airports, and freight forwarders engaged in the preparation, handling, and loading of live animals for transport by air.


Working knowledge of the English language is required. As well as basic principles of transport of cargo by air. Possession of the latest edition of IATA Live Animal Regulation is a must.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
– Understand government and industry regulations
– List and identify shipper and carrier responsibilities
– Identify the arrangements that must be made in advance of shipping live animals
– Understand specifics of animal behavior
– Identify required documentation marking and labeling
– Identify the shipping containers
– Explain specifics of logistics for laboratory animals.


2 days – Each day will start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.
To register for this training, please email or Call +359 28210806

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