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Animal Welfare Foundation seeks new trustees
Veterinary professionals with current or recent experience in production animal practice are invited to apply for the role.
Professionals with production animal experience invited to apply

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) is seeking two new trustees to help drive its mission to improve animal welfare through education, science and debate.

Veterinary professionals with current or recent experience in production animal practice are invited to apply for the role. Successful applicants will be expected to attend two meetings a year during their three-year term, as well as the annual AWF Discussion Forum in Westminster.

Trustees are also encouraged to engage with at least one of AWF’s subcommittees focusing on specific areas of the charity’s activity, such as public education and grant making.

“Being an AWF Trustee gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on a wide range of welfare issues facing a variety of species rather than just those in your area of expertise,” said AWF Trustee Nicola Martin. “I enjoy discussing and debating issues, sharing my views and understanding those of others, as well as having the chance to shape the future of this great charity.”

Simon Doherty, BVA junior vice president and AWF Trustee added: “As a vet with a long-standing interest in research that provides an evidence base for animal welfare policy decisions, my involvement with AWF has given me the opportunity to promote research not only within my specialist fields of livestock and aquaculture but also learn more about welfare research in the companion animal sector.

“AWF does excellent work in engaging members of the public and the profession with crucial animal welfare topics, so I’d urge my colleagues to apply as Trustees to help direct the charity’s work in the future.”
 
The AWF funds research, supports veterinary education, provides advice on pet care and encourages debate on animal welfare. Trustees are responsible for promoting the charity’s mission, providing strategic direction and safeguarding AWF’s brand and reputation.

Applications are open until 9 am on 20 August 2018. For more details and information on how to apply, visit www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”