AWF Research Fund
"Animal welfare has developed rapidly as a scientific discipline since 1986. The number of papers per year on the subject in scientific journals has increased during this period twenty-fold. There are now 30 professors of animal welfare in the world and 40 other professors who work principally in this area. The general public in the UK, in Europe as a whole and in many countries of the world have become much more aware of scientific studies of animal welfare". Prof Donald Broom, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge April 2013In 2005 the Animal Welfare Foundation went on to create AWF lectureships at the Universities of Glasgow, Bristol and Liverpool. This further impacted on the inclusion of animal welfare within veterinary education and provided an essential platform to raise the profile of animal welfare and ethics in the undergraduate veterinary curriculum. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive. Dr David Main (Bristol), Dr Jennifer Duncan (Liverpool) and Dr Dorothy McKeegan (Glasgow) worked together to devise an informal model curriculum during the first year of their lectureships and this became a critical resource in promoting a wider update of animal welfare education.
"Perhaps most importantly, students now recognise welfare and ethics as subjects in their own right and consider their impact throughout their whole veterinary training". Dr Dorothy McKeegan, BSc MSc PhD, AWF Senior Lecturer, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow , April 2013
"Previous to this appointment there had been no formal animal welfare curriculum at Liverpool Veterinary School. Through their support for these posts the AWF has made a substantial contribution to undergraduate veterinary animal welfare education in the UK". Dr Jennifer Duncan, BVM&S BSc PhD MRCVS, Senior Lecturer in Livestock Health and Welfare, School of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, April 2013
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity afforded by the AWF lectureship at Glasgow….Given the central importance of welfare and the ethical challenges faced by vets, I have felt privileged to be able to enhance learning in this vital area. As a non-vet, I also think that the lectureship has had a key role in building links between veterinary and (traditionally non-veterinary) welfare research". Dr Dorothy McKeegan, PhD
"The AWF supported lectureship position has enabled me to pursue key welfare improvement research interests, accessing significant additional funding to carry out a number of studies….. It has also enabled me to develop a major implementation programme on welfare outcomes – turning animal welfare science into practical measures". Dr David C. J. Main BVetMed PhD CertVR DWEL DipECAWBM(AWSEL) MRCVS BVA Animal Welfare Foundation Reader in Animal Welfare; RCVS Recognised Specialist in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and LawDepartment of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, April 2013