Founded with a generous legacy from Colleen Macleod, AWF aims to improve the welfare of all animals through veterinary science, education and debate.
How animals have benefitted from legacies to the AWF
Through AWF legacy funding, new diagnostics and treatments have been developed in a range of painful and contagious treatments in cattle, sheep, and horses, and cats have benefitted from pioneering work into pain management. We have recently launched several research projects, which will be addressing lameness in sheep and cattle, and grass equine sickness in horses.
"It has been known for a long-time that excessive body condition predisposed horses and ponies to laminitis. Our AWF study was important because it documented for the first time that not only does obesity increase the risk of laminitis, but when overweight horses get laminitis, they are more likely to die as a result compared to laminitis cases which are not overweight." Prof Celia Marr, Rossdales,
Animal welfare teaching
Legacies have been used to establish Animal Welfare Lectureships at three UK veterinary schools resulting in a framework for animal welfare teaching in all the UK veterinary schools which runs through all five years of undergraduate veterinary curriculum.
“….perhaps most importantly, students now recognise welfare and ethics as subjects in their own right and consider their impact throughout their whole veterinary training.” Dr Dorothy McKeegan, BVA Animal Welfare Foundation Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
We are entirely reliant upon the generosity of our kind supporters and as over two thirds of our income is from gifts included in people's wills, this is a vital source of funding.
When Colleen Macleod left a legacy that established the Animal Welfare Foundation her action had a beneficial impact on the lives of millions of animals. By leaving a legacy or bequest to the AWF you too will be helping improve the health and welfare of many different types of animal across the UK and yet it will cost you nothing in your lifetime. Take a moment today to think about how you can support the AWF.