Putting animal welfare at the heart of veterinary science

through funding innovative research, supporting educational initiatives and encouraging conscientious debate. 

The Animal Welfare Foundation is the charitable arm of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

We work closely with veterinary and animal welfare professionals to achieve our vision of animals having a better life through improved welfare.

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  1. 3 reasons to become an AWF student grant supervisor

    Our 2024 Student Grant Scheme, which aims to give students in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, animal welfare studies, agricultural sciences, zoology or social sciences the opportunity to develop their research […]
  2. “Is calf welfare good enough?”

    On Thursday 19th October, AWF hosted a though-provoking debate on calf welfare at BCVA Congress as part of a new initiative, the “BCVA Forum”. Despite notable progress in calf welfare, […]
  3. Meet our student researchers: Tobias Hunter

    … University of Liverpool student Tobias Hunter  focused his AWF research project on “Importing overseas rescue dogs: An investigation into issues seen in UK veterinary practice”. … Q: Tell us […]
  4. Meet our researchers – Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe

    Dr Siobhan Abeyesinghe is Associate Professor in Animal Behaviour & Welfare Science at the Royal Veterinary College and heads up the RVC Animal Welfare Science & Ethics team. Siobahn’s AWF […]
  5. International Day of Charity

    On this International Day of Charity, we reflect on the role and impact AWF has on our society. How do we contribute to charity and charitable areas of society? The […]
  6. Meet our researchers – Andrea Doeschl-Wilson

    Professor Andrea Doeschl Wilson is a research group leader at the Roslin Institute in Scotland. Andrea and her team’s research investigates how the genetics of farm animals affects infectious disease […]
  7. Meet our student researchers – Madeline Heys

    … Q: Tell us a bit about yourself I’m a mature student at Liverpool University, and I will be starting my final year of Veterinary Medicine in September. I want […]
  8. Meet our researchers – Emma Baxter

    Dr Baxter is an Associate Professor/Reader at SRUC in Edinburgh, specialising in animal behaviour and welfare, with over 20 years of research experience particularly related to integrated pig science. Her […]
  9. Discussion Forum 2023 – Meet the speakers: Jonathan Statham

    Jonathan is currently Chair of the Animal Health & Welfare Board of England (AHWBE). He is a qualified vet and partner at the Bishopton Veterinary Group in Yorkshire, with years […]
  10. Meet our student researchers – Ellie Miller

    Q: Tell us a bit more about you I am a Nottingham April vet student and I am just about to start my 4th year. I am passionate about farm […]