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. 

Contentious issues, engaging speakers and a great venue make our annual Discussion Forum an unmissable event. The day is packed with interesting presentations, but there's lots of time to share your views with other delegates. The Discussion Forum brings together the veterinary profession, animal welfare organisation, the media and parliamentarians. It's also a great networking opportunity.

The BVA's position on non-stun slaughter hit the headlines this week with a front page article in The Times and an interview on the Today Programme (listen here - scroll to 01:18).

The Times incorrectly reported this as a new position. View BVA Past-President Bill Reilly's presentation to the 2013 AWF Discussion Forum in which he explains the BVA position.  

Just one of the questions we'll be asking at our popular Discussion Forum on 12th May. Vet David Chennells will be examining whether uncertainty surrounding three separate pieces of legislation covering welfare on farm, during transport, and at the slaughterhouse impacts negatively on livestock welfare.

The AWF Discussion Forum offers a day of high quality presentations from renowned animal welfare speakers, lively debate and networking amongst like-minded people in the profession.

We are keen to involve veterinary nurses more in our work and in collaboration with the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) have provided two free places at the Discussion Forum on 12th May 2014. This brilliant prize includes £50 of travel expenses and an invitation to the post-Forum evening reception at the House of Commons.The day will constitute 4½ hours worth of CPD.   

As the official charity for SPVS/VPMA Congress 2014 the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is pleased to announce that it will put the £1,822 it raised during the Congress’ Masquerade Ball towards production of its popular evidence-based pet care advice leaflets.

Founded and managed by vets, AWF uses science, education and debate to improve animal welfare. 

AWF Chairman Tiffany Hemming said:

The GP West Fund at AWF is a small fund of approximately £14,000 which is restricted to support feline research projects. This may not be enough to support a whole project but could be used towards a larger project.
To find out more about making an application to the GP West Fund please contact us or call 020 7908 6375. 

We've received a number of calls from concerned owners in the wake of recent media reports of unexplained dog deaths in the New Forest and other districts. New Forest District Council and partner organisations have been working together to identify the cause of the illness and have produced some information about the cases.  

As always if you have any concerns about your dog's health please speak to your vet. 

RVC hosted the first AWF event of 2014 presented by trustee Emma Milne - Equine welfare: class matters. The event took place in the lecture theatre at RVC's Hawkshead Campus and Camden-based students were able to follow the talk via video-link.

Over 70 students attended the event, which  was organised on the ground by AVS Welfare Rep - Fliss Barber