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Although many improvements in animal welfare have been made over the last few decades, the sheer enormity of animals within the UK and worldwide, means that serious animal welfare issues remain. The ethical and practical considerations facing society with intensive farming versus animal welfare, emerging diseases and increase in number and variety of pets; means we are still constantly reminded of the continued and urgent need for our work. Examples of animal neglect, cruelty, avoidable illness and disease are all too visible, and the need to address these cannot be ignored.

Read our Case for Support on why we need your support now.

DID YOU KNOW?

With the UK pet population at 65 million animals, guidance and advice is needed more than ever to ensure pet owners give their pets the best possible care.

Cows have feelings too…There are up to 100 million livestock animals within the UK (excluding chickens where meat chickens alone we rear around 1000 million a year) needing support, treatment and research to improve welfare practices to ensure their welfare remains a priority to stakeholders.

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Increased trade in exotic animals, growing concerns over pet obesity and emerging and evolving diseases ever present, our work remains invaluable, which is why we need to continue investing in, and ensure that welfare is made a priority for all animals.

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WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

AWF was set up in 1983 by vets with a passion to improve the welfare of all animal through veterinary science, education and debate. Its vision is to alleviate pain and suffering in all animals.

It’s still run by vets and this professional approach underpins all our work. We have a unique insight into the many challenges facing us in animal welfare and the expertise and passion to find and deliver solutions.

Through AWF funding, new diagnostics and treatments have been developed for a range of conditions in cattle, sheep, and horses, and cats have benefitted from pioneering work into pain management.

But, this is a competitive world and AWF is a small charity which is totally dependent on the generosity of people like you to enable this important work to continue. Spare a moment to see what we have achieved and what we are aspiring to do in the years ahead.


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STUDENT TALKS AND DEBATES

If you would like an AWF speaker to deliver a talk or debate at your vet school, please get in touch with us as soon as possible to make arrangements. Giving us the date well in advance increases the chance of your chosen speaker being available. Got another idea? AWF may still be able to support you – just get in touch

# Talk Speaker
1 Dangerous Dogs: It’s Complicated! Chris Laurence, AWF Trustee
2 The welfare of exotic pets: education or legislation? Jacqui Paterson, AWF Rep (North East)
3 Hoarding is not kindly shelter – looking at hoarding cases of all sorts of animals, supported by some very interesting photos! Jacqui Paterson, AWF Rep (North East)
4 When should the farm vet reach for the gun?  If there is no licensed gun available how can chemical euthanasia be carried out humanely? Graham Duncanson, AWF Trustee
5 Sheep are not stupid:  their behaviour is subtle and they shouldn’t be left to suffer Kate Hovers, AWF Rep, Wales
6 How to respond to requests from clients for the euthanasia of healthy companion animals Various speakers
7 Zoo animal welfare     Various speakers
8 Benefits & drawbacks of captivity    David Williams, AWF Rep
9 Welfare at Slaughter     Various speakers
10 AMR in production animals Various speakers
11 The Human – Animal bond Various speakers
12 A Jump too far: the ethics and welfare of using horses in sport Graham Duncanson / Ben Mayes (AWF trustees)

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  1. Discussion Forum 2022 – AWF Chair reflects on the day

    Last month we held our first ever hybrid Discussion Forum, exploring a plethora of animal welfare issues including ‘extreme breeds’, pest control, gene editing and ‘overtreatment’ in the equine world. In this piece, AWF Chair Julian Kupfer reflects back on the day, the themes that came out of it, and why a platform like the […]
  2. 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 […]
  3. 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, […]
  4. 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 […]
  5. 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 […]
  6. 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 […]
  7. 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, […]
  8. Funding research for better welfare

    AWF funds five new research projects designed to move the dial on key animal welfare issues.
  9. 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 […]
  10. 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 […]