Medivet is supporting AWF as its charity of the year.

Medivet staff and clients across its 104 practices, will be organising and competing in lots of exciting events to raise vital funds for AWF including a special AWF Week from 4th – 11th October 2014.

AWF will use funds raised during the campaign on projects to improve pet owner education, including a film to unravel some of the mysteries of cat behaviour.

It's not surprising that Louise Logan loves animals - she's a vet. But when she explains the difference that animals have made to her life since she suffered a stroke three years ago, the story becomes more complex and heart-warming.

In September Louise will be cycling across the UK - west-bound for the Stroke Association and east-bound for AWF.

AWF’s Norman Hayward Fund supports research to improve the welfare of horses, cattle or sheep. Although the Fund is restricted to those species it has supported a variety of projects from practice-based and university researchers. 

In 2013 over £500,000 was awarded to projects including a study to develop a validated lameness control plan for sheep and a field vaccine trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a vaccine for Equine Grass Sickness.

After six years of committed service Emma Milne and David Harwood are stepping down as trustees. With two other trustees completing their first three year term, it means that AWF has four trustee vacancies this year. 

Trustees are responsible for AWF’s strategic direction and performance and for ensuring that we comply with our governing document and relevant legislation. It’s a challenging role and requires a significant commitment. But it’s also interesting and rewarding.

If you attended the Discussion Forum but couldn't give us feedback on the day, we want to hear from you!
All feedback received by 5pm on Friday 16th May will be entered in a prize draw to win a three course lunch for two at Brasserie One, the restaurant at One Great George Street, the venue for this year's Forum. Copy and past the questions into an email and send with your answers to

Feedback questions
1. How would you rate the Forum overall? 
Excellent, very good, acceptable, below expectations or poor

The 2014 AWF Discussion Forum will be the largest yet with 200 delegates. The annual animal welfare conference takes place this year at One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA. AWF Chairman Tiffany Hemming expressed her delight at the Forum's popularity "We listen to what delegates tell us and try to put together a programme that's topical and of interest to a wide audience."

The winners of the AWF/BVNA competition have been announced. Congratulations to Sophie Beckwith and Elizabeth Cox who will each receive free places at the AWF Discussion Forum and House of Commons reception, plus £50 travel costs.

In the online competition vet nurses were asked what they viewed as the most common animal welfare issue in practice today. The winners both cited owner education as a major issue, with a lack of awareness of their pet’s welfare needs leading to issues such as obesity and behavioural problems.

AWF Representatives are volunteers who support our work by identifying important animal welfare issues, improving our links to the grassroots of the veterinary profession and helping us with fundraising. 

We are currently looking for a Rep for the South East region and one from the Yong Vet Network (up to 8 years post graduation).

Interested? Find out more and apply. Closing date: 4pm Monday 28th April 2014.