We are delighted to announce six new student research projects funded by the Animal Welfare Foundation.  As well as improving the welfare of animals, the projects allow us to support the development of the next generation of vets - something that has always been key to AWF’s work.


Students in the UK will be investigating lameness in dairy cattle and public perceptions of welfare in the poultry industry. 

AWF trustee Graham Duncanson is nearing the end of his journey across continents. He’s just entered South Africa and is enjoying cycling with the sun on his back.  On his way to Cape Town he’ll attend the South African Equine Veterinary Congress at Skukusa in Kruger National Park . Then it’s on to Durban where he’ll be linking up with Tom Hume of Norfolk's Westover Vets who contributed over £1600 to the fundraising initiative.

The team behind the hilarious Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have launched a new competition to find the funniest photos of pets from across the globe. The Comedy Pet Photography Awards are calling on pet-lovers the world over to enter snaps of their comical pets to be in the running to win a £2,000 cash prize.

AWF is looking forward to talking to veterinary students at the next AVS Congress in Cambridge on 28 & 29 January 2017.


Six research projects to improve key areas of livestock and equine welfare have been given the go ahead thanks to funding from AWF.


Through AWF’s Norman Hayward Fund, grant recipients are able to undertake high quality veterinary research projects into the disease and welfare of horses, cattle and sheep and how these can be improved. This year’s selected projects run from one year to three, each receiving a different grant amount depending on the project length.

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