Research

We fund innovative research projects on animal welfare across species

Funding scientific research to find practical solutions to animal welfare issues has been at the heart of AWF’s work since our inception and we are committed to ensuring that animal welfare remains high on the agenda.

Since 1983, we’ve invested over 3 million into cross species research projects which has contributed to the knowledge and evidence base on numerous topical animal welfare issues and informed government policies and legislation.

In 2021 AWF launched its three-year theme ‘Breeding for Better Welfare’, a wide-spanning theme encompassing welfare issues across all species with which vets are involved, helping us build a body of work to better understand the impacts of breeding on animal welfare.

The purpose of our research funding is to:

  • deepen understanding of animal welfare and lead to meaningful advancement in the field.
  • provide information and solutions to the veterinary professionals working with the animals affected.
  • provide evidence-based insights and recommendations that can be used to shape legislation, regulations and guidelines related to animal welfare.

What is animal welfare?BREEDING FOR BETTER WELFARE

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  1. Meet our student researchers: Laura Simons

    … Laura Simons is a third-year student in Veterinary Sciences at Bristol Veterinary School. Laura chose to focus her AWF-funded research project on veterinary professionals’ confidence and capability to identify […]
  2. Meet the speaker: Meghan Barrett

    … Meghan Barrett is assistant Professor of Biology at Indiana University Indianapolis & Director at the Insect Welfare Research Society. She researches insect neurobiology, thermal adaptations, and the welfare of […]
  3. Meet the speaker: Jo Hockenhull

    … Jo Hockenhull is an animal welfare researcher with a particular focus on the influence of human perceptions and attitudes on decision-making and welfare. She currently is Head of Research […]
  4. April is National Pet Month!

    As we celebrate #NationalPetMonth, AWF’s team shares facts about their beloved furry (and sometimes feathery!) companions, as well as some welfare advice. You will find below some key facts and […]
  5. Health and welfare over looks

    Extreme conformation refers to breeding practices that result in exaggerated physical traits in animals, often at the expense of their health and welfare. … Nearly 40% of veterinary professionals in […]
  6. AWF presents at BVA Council

    … This morning at BVA Council, AWF Chair of Trustees Julian Kupfer presented one of the most innovative and significant research projects funded by AWF. The research project, called “Pandemic […]
  7. 3 common mistakes when applying to an AWF student grant

    Since launching the Student Grant Scheme in 2016, AWF has invested over £75,000 in student research projects, from exploring imported rescue dogs’ health and behaviour issues to investigating the impact […]
  8. Meet our student researchers: Victoria McCulloch

      … Although not a student anymore, Victoria McCulloch benefited from the AWF Student Grant Scheme back in 2017 when she was studying veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh. […]
  9. 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 […]
  10. “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, […]