Vets are calling on prospective dog owners to think twice before buying a puppy after breeding and hereditary defects came out as vets’ top animal health and welfare concern, with the number of vets citing it as a pressing issue more than doubling in the past two years, according to figures from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) revealed during Puppy Awareness Week (4-10 September).

AWF has awarded grants to support two feline research projects, providing a unique opportunity for cats to benefit from advances in veterinary medicine. The funds come from a legacy left by GP West, author of Black’s Veterinary Dictionary.  

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has opened applications and is looking to recruit as many as three trustees to help drive the charity’s mission to improve the welfare of animals through veterinary science, education and debate.


As part of SAVSNET’s on-going mission to develop real-time disease surveillance in small animals, researchers at the University of Liverpool are using big data and text mining methods to create a warning system for a devastating disease in pet rabbits and sheep.

Flystrike – or myiasis – is caused by larvae of Lucilia sericata (the green bottle fly) feeding on the surface of the skin. This can cause severe tissue damage that is susceptible to secondary bacterial infections and may result in death of the animal.

Licensing of animal establishments has been high on the national agenda for the past 18 months, but with a pause in parliamentary business - and possibly a change of Government - vets and animal welfare organisations will be putting the topic under the spotlight in the new ‘On the pulse’ session at this year’s AWF Discussion Forum next week in Westminster.

Whether our modern world of social media and packed diaries is compatible with responsible pet ownership will be one of the key debates between leading vets and animal welfare organisations and charities at the annual Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum at One Great George Street, London, next month (5 June).

Leading vets and horse welfare organisations are coming together to debate the welfare of the UK’s one million horses at the annual Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum at One Great George Street, London, on 5 June 2017.

We are delighted to announce that Monster Pet Supplies have kindly selected AWF as their charity of the month.

AWF speaks to Rebecca Schofield, who is delighted to join the AWF Board as its first veterinary nurse trustee.


Rebecca was destined for a career in animal welfare.  She was brought up surrounded by animals, which she loved taking care of.  This, coupled with an interest in biological sciences, led her to choose a veterinary nursing career. Now as a practising nurse, she still gets great satisfaction from caring for animals, particularly the direct contact with clients and patients.

Huge congratulations to our trustee, Graham Duncanson for being recognised at the Ceva welfare awards for his impact on animal welfare. Graham was a joint winner of the Farm Animal Welfare Award along with Kat Bazeley of Synergy Farm Health. Watch their stories here

An AWF trustee since 2014, Graham is a man with boundless energy and a passion for animal welfare. He has written five veterinary books, sits on many livestock boards and teaches on equine welfare and dentistry.