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.

Rebecca Schofield, a veterinary nurse at PDSA in Liverpool, has become the first VN to join AWF’s board of trustees.  In recognition of the unique position that veterinary nurses play in the vet team, AWF felt it was important to appoint a VN to better reflect the profession and draw on their expertise.


A new ‘On the pulse’ session will be introduced at this year’s Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum, building on the annual event’s usual discussion and debate on key areas of animal welfare.


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.