30th Anniversary

In our 30th anniversary year we celebrate the genuine improvements in animal health and welfare that have been achieved as a result of the research our small charity has funded, and the excellent Discussion Forums that have initiated animal welfare improvements.  We are proud of the positive and practical impact our charity has made on the health and welfare of large and small animals and we invite all those interested in improving animal welfare to support us.

selected highlights from our first 30 years

  • The creation of the Coleen Macleod Chair in Animal Welfare at Cambridge University in 1985. This was the first post of its kind in the world and our aim was to establish animal welfare as a recognised discipline of social and moral concern.
  • In 1995 we established the Norman Hayward Fund to support research into the welfare and disease of horses, cattle and sheep. Over £1 million has since been awarded from this Fund. Read about our research
  • In 2004 Animal Welfare Lectureships at Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool Universities were established.  This was a pioneering move to develop animal welfare teaching in the veterinary curriculum both in the UK and internationally.  The collaborative partnership between the three BVA Animal Welfare Foundation Lecturers produced a framework for animal welfare teaching in UK veterinary schools which now runs through all five years of the undergraduate veterinary curriculum.  
  • AWF's Discussion Forum has become an annual opportunity for vets, associated industry professionals and other  interested individuals to get together to air their views and consiider practical solutions to animal welfare isssues. This flagship event has raised the profile of many serious animal welfare issues and led to both new research and the development of BVA, UK and EU policies.
  • A range of informative and accessible guides for pet owners has been published. Welcomed by veterinary surgeries across the UK, they have helped both to safeguard pets, educate owners and support vets in their daily work.