It was all change at the November trustees meeting this year, as AWF bade a sad farewell to Tiffany Hemming, who stepped down after serving for 5 years as a trustee followed by 5 years as Chair. 


AWF is inviting applications from Veterinary Nurses to join its board of trustees. 

For a full job description and application form, please visit our trustee vacancy page.


The Links Group will be holding a training day for members of the veterinary team on 8th February, 2017 in Telford.  

This is an opportunity for any member of the practice to learn more about the links between domestic abuse and non-accidental injury to animals. More details will follow soon. In the meantime, you can register your interest by contacting us.

The 2017 AWF Discussion Forum will take place on Monday 5th June - once again at the lovely One Great George Street and followed by our legendary House of Commons reception.


We'll be discussing these topics:

Responsible Ownership:

Is modern life incompatible with pet ownership?  With particular focus on dogs and cats.

The RSPCA recently reported that last year it collected 4,521 kittens that had been abandoned and left for dead in England and Wales.  A lack of pre-purchase research and understanding often leads to problems and could be one of the reasons that these kittens ended up in skips. This growing number of abandoned kittens supports the RSPCA’s comment that the UK cat population has now reached crisis point.  In its 2015 Discussion Forum session “Bursting at the Seams”, AWF looked at the issue of companion animal overpopulation, in which Maggie Roberts of Cats Protection gave an in

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.