Come and meet AWF at this year's London Vet Show on stand FA46.  This is a great opportunity to talk to the trustees who run the charity.  So stop by and have a chat if you'd like to know more about what we do or speak to a veterinary professional about anything to do with animal welfare.


The impact of liver fluke infection on the welfare of horses is an AWF funded project underway at the University of Liverpool, led by Professor Diana Williams. Liver fluke is a common parasite of sheep and cattle in the UK, but although preliminary evidence suggests that it occurs regularly in horses, there is a lack of advice on its diagnosis, treatment and prevention. 


The Links Group, which trains veterinary professionals to spot the signs of non accidental injury to animals, has created a free online course for human healthcare professionals. 


Veterinary nurses attending this year's BVNA Congress will have the opportunity to meet the Animal Welfare Foundation on stand P26, where we'll be offering stand visitors an exclusive 10% off Discussion Forum tickets


Veterinary students can learn more about animal welfare thanks to AWF’s series of free talks and debates, delivered by expert speakers and aimed at helping prepare students for life in practice. These interactive sessions are delivered by knowledgeable speakers with a wealth of experience to impart to future vets. Topics include exotics, euthanasia, dangerous dogs and farm animal welfare.  To book a talk for your school visit our student page:

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.