Welfare across multiple species Discussion forum sessions

Our Discussion Forums offer veterinary & animal welfare professionals a platform to engage with, discuss and reflect on some of the most pressing and controversial animal welfare issues. Over the years we have covered important animal welfare topics such as: How can we influence human behaviour for better welfare?, Taking veterinary ethics to the next level, and the AWF Delphi Project. We have highlighted a few of our animal welfare topics sessions which span multiple species below.

Don’t forget to download our reflective learning guide which we created to help to get the most out of our sessions. For some of our videos we have put together a list of questions for you to consider whilst watching, so be sure to read the video descriptions for these,.

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Delphi project to prioritise UK animal welfare issues

Delphi project to prioritise UK animal welfare issues

What do experts believe are the most important welfare issues for animals? The aim of this AWF-funded Delphi research project was to achieve a prioritised list of the agreed most important welfare issues affecting managed animals in the UK.

How can we influence human behaviour for better welfare

How can we influence human behaviour for better welfare

In this session, experts in human behaviour change share their experiences in this fascinating field of work. You will learn about what motivates human behaviour, explore innovative ways of influencing behaviour, and hear about an equine project that is putting these tools into practice to improve animal welfare.

VETed Talk: Taking veterinary ethics to the next level

VETed Talk: Taking veterinary ethics to the next level

Professor Thomas Blaha, Preside of the German Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare, explains why and how the ‘Ethics-Codex of Germany’s Veterinarians’ was developed and the advantages of this powerful act of self-commitment.

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  1. Meet our student researchers – Matt Goins

    Thinking of applying for an AWF student research grant? Find out what it’s like to undertake a student research project and get advice from previous researchers in our mini Q&A series. Research topic: Characterising the abandonment and relinquishment of exotic pets in Ireland   Name, degree, university Matt Goins, MVB (5th year), University College Dublin   Research […]
  2. Meet our student researchers – Madeline Heys

    Thinking of applying for an AWF student research grant? Find out what it’s like to undertake a student research project and get advice from previous researchers in our mini Q&A series.   Research topic: Investigating the usage of enrichment feeding for pet dogs and the associated perceived benefits and challenges Name, degree, university Madeline Heys, […]
  3. Meet our student researchers – Katherine Duffy

    Description   Thinking of applying for an AWF student research grant? Find out what it’s like to undertake a student research project and get advice from previous researchers in our mini Q&A series. Research topic: A novel intervention for cat hoarding: 3 year follow up Name, degree, university Katherine Duffy, BVM BVS, University of Nottingham Research […]
  4. Eddie Clutton on the topic of overtreatment

    We’ve been speaking to Eddie Clutton, who is speaking in our Innovation and Overtreatment session at this year’s Discussion Forum. Eddie Clutton is an expert in the field of veterinary anaesthesia and will be debating the motion “Uncontrolled treatment innovations are detrimental to welfare” with Karen Humm. Eddie sees overtreatment as a huge problem, which […]
  5. Project in a pandemic: what an AWF student grant taught me about research

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, both personally and professionally. Normal routines had to be adapted, and pre-pandemic plans changed. For our 2020 student grant recipients, this was especially true. In this blog, Kerry Long talks us through her experience of carrying out her project ‘Identifying maternal and post-natal effects on […]
  6. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Jimmy Turnbull

    As the drive for cheap, efficient and environment-sparing livestock agriculture continues to grow, can intensive farming ever be good for both welfare and sustainability? That is just one of the questions we will be asking ourselves at this year’s Discussion Forum. Recently we spoke to Professor Jimmy Turnbull, vet, aquaculture specialist and Discussion Forum speaker, […]
  7. Funding research for better welfare

    AWF funds five new research projects designed to move the dial on key animal welfare issues.
  8. BVNA ‘This is Us 2020’

    Calling vet nurses! We are thrilled to announce that AWF will be hosting a debate as part of BVNA’s ‘This is Us 2020’, a two-day online event dedicated to celebrating veterinary nursing. AWF has previously held animal welfare debates at BVNA Fringe and we welcome the opportunity to continue having these important discussions, but with […]
  9. Completing research in a pandemic – a student’s experience

    Funding student research is an important part of what we do, giving students an insight into the world of research and the opportunity to make a practical difference to animal welfare. In 2019 we granted funding to Sheryl Bradley, an MSc student of International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh, for […]
  10. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Dan Brockman

    At this year’s Discussion Forum we will be debating whether uncontrolled treatment innovations are detrimental to animal welfare. As the range of treatments available to our pets becomes more extensive year on year and often increasingly invasive, we want to ask, can this ever be justified? One of our speakers is Professor Dan Brockman, Director of […]