Animal Welfare Foundation is exhibiting at BVNA Congress in Telford from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October.  Come and visit us at stand P3 for a chat, find out more about what the charity does and pick up some of our helpful resources.

We have funds available to support research into the disease and welfare of horses, cattle and sheep through our Norman Hayward Fund.


Applications are welcome from academic and practice based researchers, who can demonstrate that their project will have a practical positive impact on the welfare of these animals. 


Full details are on our Grants pages:  How to Apply 

AWF has joined forces with the Links Group and Medics Against Violence to deliver a one-day course on understanding the link between domestic abuse and non-accidental injury in animals.

This free course is relevant for all members of the practice team and takes place on Tuesday 21st July at Newcastle University

The AWF Discussion Forum aims to confront animal welfare issues and inspire change.  Led by an expert panel of speakers, the 2015 forum brought together veterinary professionals, students, animal welfare organisations, the media and parliamentarians.  

We’re delighted to find the feedback forms peppered with adjectives such as 'enlightening', 'interesting', 'exciting', 'thought provoking' and 'enthralling'.  

Congratulations to Elaine McNamara, who wins a Sure Feed Pet Feeder. Elaine was one of over 200 people who attended our biggest ever AWF Discussion Forum on 8th June. Delegates enjoyed a day of high quality presentations and lively debate. Everyone who gave us their feedback of the day was entered into the prize draw. Elaine's name was pulled out of the hat this morning. She will receive the amazing Sure Feed Pet Feeder courtesy of SureFlap.  

The delegates have gone and the theatre is quiet.The 2015 Discussion Forum was the biggest but was it the best? If you attended we want your feedback.

If you didn't have time to give us your feedback on the day, take a few minutes to complete our online feedback form. All forms will be entered into a prize draw to win a Sureflap Pet Feeder.

The draw takes place on Friday 12th June and the winner will be notified by email.

On Saturday 13th June AWF trustee Gerard Brouwer-Ince will enjoy a wedding celebration with a difference when he marries long term partner Colin. They've been a couple for nearly twenty years so instead of gifts they are asking guests to make a donation to three of their favourite charities - including AWF!

The charities being supported are AWF, Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. 

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

In the online competition RVNs had to state why they thought RVNs had such an important role to play in improving animal welfare in practice and what they can do to make a difference.

On 30 April 2015 new regulations came into force which aim to improve the standard of dog breeding in Wales.

The new Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 replaces the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 in Wales and introduces stricter welfare criteria for dog breeding in Wales.    

The changes will:

When AWF received an application for a research project to test the effectiveness of a particular vaccine in preventing equine grass sickness (EGS), we were keen to offer our support. EGS is a frequently fatal disease of horses with a mortality rate in excess of 85%.  It was first reported in Scotland over 100 years ago and Great Britain continues to have the highest frequency of cases in the world.