Student Talks

AWF offers free talks on animal welfare to students of veterinary medicine and nursing. 

We will organise a speaker and provide up to £200 for refreshments so that students at your school can learn more about animal welfare and prepare themselves for the challenging issues they might face in practice. 

The talks are usually followed by a Q&A or a debate and are delivered by speakers with a wealth of experience in their field.

Topics available:

  • Dangerous dogs: it’s complicated!
  • Sheep are not stupid.
  • The welfare of exotic pets.
  • Hoarding is not kindly shelter – looking at hoarding cases of all sorts of animals, supported by some very interesting photos.
  • When should the farm vet reach for the gun?  If there is no licensed gun available how can chemical euthanasia be carried out humanely?
  • How to respond to requests from clients for the euthanasia of healthy companion animals.
  • Welfare at slaughter.
  • A Jump too far: the ethics and welfare of using horses in sport.
  • Farm animal welfare: a taster of farm animal welfare problems young vets could be faced with in practice.


  1. “All in all an excellent talk which I’d highly recommend to anyone who wants a knowledgeable speaker with a wealth of experience and advice to impart to future vets.”

    How to respond to requests from clients for the euthanasia of healthy companion animals with Liz Ormerod at Edinburgh University.
  2. “The talk proved extremely popular with a huge turnout of around 120 students and not a seat left unfilled in the theatre. It was a brilliant evening that incited some really thoughtful questions.”

    Dangerous Dogs with Chris Laurence at Liverpool University.
  3. “We are very grateful to AWF for facilitating the talk – it’s excellent to be able to offer additional talks at the vet school from external speakers about topics that are not ordinarily covered, thus widening education and interest.”

    Sheep are not stupid with Kate Hovers at Cambridge University.
  4. “Excellent presentation with an effective slideshow and images to aid and support understanding of topics. Clear and confident and engaging. Jacqui was really approachable and lots of people came and spoke to her after the talk. ”

    Exotic Vet in Practice with Jacqui Paterson at Liverpool University.

How to set up a talk:

Our speakers get booked up quickly so we encourage you to give us at least two month’s notice and provide a selection of dates.

  1. Book your talks using the form below.
  2. AWF will set up a speaker and send a marketing pack to help you publicise your event.
  3. Give us your feedback! Organisers should collect feedback from the attendees and send us a report after the event.
  4. Organisers will be offered a free ticket to the next AWF Discussion Forum, which takes place in London in June.


Useful documents:

Student feedback form

Organiser Report Form

Claim form for refreshments

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