Online student talks

Dive into the world of animal welfare from the comfort of your home!

AWF is launching a series of free online student talks, open to all students in veterinary medicine and nursing, as well as related studies such as animal welfare, animal behaviour, agricultural science, zoology and more.

Led by experts in the field, these talks are a gateway to better knowledge and understanding of animal welfare and the role students can play in shaping its future, no matter where you study or where you are in the UK.

The talks will be available to watch on our Youtube channel afterwards.

Prize draw

Everyone who registers for a student talk between now and the end of April will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Discussion Forum ticket worth up to £135! If you would not like to be entered in the prize draw, please contact us at

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2024 Schedule

Organic farming and welfare

Thursday 12th September, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

This talk will cover aspects of organic farming of various farmed species and how this approach to farming may impact on animal welfare.

Speaker: Kathryn Ellis, Senior Veterinary Clinician (Farm Animal Clinical Sciences), University of Glasgow

Glasgow Graduate Kathryn worked in mixed practice and completed a farm animal internship before undertaking a PhD at the University of Liverpool investigating milk composition on organic and non-organic farms. Subsequently she returned to the University of Glasgow in 2005 as a clinician in Farm Animal clinical sciences. Kathryn’s role is very varied and includes clinical teaching of veterinary undergraduates and post graduates and clinical veterinary services. She has an active research interest in various aspects of cattle and sheep health and welfare, including the welfare of cows and calves at calving, gastrointestinal parasite control and has maintained an interest in organic farming systems and organic animal health.



How big is the equine obesity problem in the UK, and what advice can be given?

Wednesday 16th October, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

How can vets make a difference to the equine obesity problem in the UK? Learn more about the various factors that lead to obesity and how this impacts animal welfare, as well as how vets play a crucial role in addressing this problem.

Speaker: Lucy Grieve MA VetMB MRCVS, Veterinary Projects Officer at the British Equine Veterinary Association

Lucy qualified from Cambridge in 2007 and practiced in Newmarket for fifteen years, working with racehorses, sports and pleasure horses. She served twelve years on British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Council, and was President 2020-2021. In 2022 she started a permanent role with BEVA as Veterinary Projects Officer.

Lucy is passionate about welfare and improving the lives of horses throughout the world. Through her work she highlights the positive impact horses and humans can have on each other, and strives to maximise sharing of knowledge between the equestrian and veterinary industries. By raising awareness and driving education she believes in people bettering themselves, both as individuals and as wider professions, which then improves the lives of the animals we serve.



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