In February this year, dogs in Essex were found to have canine babesiosis, a disease transmitted by ticks.  The disease is usually only found in mainland Europe though the dogs reported hadn’t travelled abroad.

A vet research team have identified an ageing population of horses in the UK for the first time ever thanks to funding from the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF).


AWF and The Links Group have produced guidance for the veterinary team on recognising the signs of domestic abuse and non accidental injury to animals.  There are two documents available to vet professionals: the full comprehensive guidance and a shorter summary leaflet.  To find out more and download the materials, go to our Advice for Vets section.

AWF wishes to expand the scope of its research grants to include any species and encourage small projects. This year we’ll be inviting students to conduct research that has a practical and positive impact on raising animal welfare standards and is based on sound scientific principles.

On 6th June AWF trustees welcomed over 200 delegates their annual Discussion Forum.  The forum has become a 'must do' event in the calendars of veterinary professionals and animal welfare organisations.  Read more in our events section.

Congratulations to the winners of the AWF/BVNA competition.  Lauren Valentine from London and Katharine Ross from Edinburgh will each receive a free place at the AWF Discussion Forum and House of Commons reception, plus £50 towards travel costs.


In the online competition RVNs were asked to describe 3 things that they would do in their practice to improve the welfare of patients.

Freda Scott-Park, one of the key members of the Links Group, talks about how well the links between animal and domestic abuse are understood within the veterinary profession.


AWF is pleased to announce that it will be providing sponsorship to the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET) to help support companion animal research and surveillance.


From 7th to 10th April AWF and the Links Group will be exhibiting at BSAVA Congress and holding an in depth press conference to inform delegates about the Links Project and launch the Links Veterinary Training Initiative. Visit us on Stand 900A.


This year AWF and BVNA have got together again to offer two free places to veterinary nurses, via a competition. The two winners will be picked according to their answers and will be given a free ticket to the Forum and reception, plus up to £50 towards travel expenses.  For more information, take a look at our BVNA Competition page.