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NEW BOOK

UFAW/Wiley Animal Welfare Book Series

UFAW members are entitled to a 35% discount off all books in the UFAW Wiley book series and off virtually all other Wiley books.  If you are a member please contact the UFAW office for the discount code (tel 01582 831818 or email ufaw@ufaw.org.uk).  If you would like to become a member click here to download a membership application form.

Click here for further details of the latest book in the series

 


 

Calling all runners! We need you

Manchester 10km Great Run

18th May 2014

Would you like to run the BUPA Manchester 10km Great run to help fundraise for UFAW.

We have a limited number of places available on the Run.


Click here for further details

 


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The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that seeks to offer guidance and find solutions to the challenges raised by our caring for and interactions with both kept and wild animals. As part of its on-going commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how these can be met, This regular meeting, which will be held in York, aims to provide a forum at which the broad and growing international community of scientists, veterinary surgeons and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views.

Click here to go to the Conference webpage

 


Animal Welfare Student Scholars' Meeting

11th December 2013

Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Herts

Featuring talks by students who undertook UFAW & HSA (Dorothy Sidley) Animal Welfare Student Scholarships in 2013

Free to attend

Click here to see further details

 


 

 

Just Published

 

UFAW Annual Report 2012-2013

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Fun in the sun – doing ‘The Great Run’.

 

We would like to extend a big thank you to University of Stirling students Laura Hall and Neil Campbell who both volunteered to take part in the Edinburgh 10km Great Run in July and raise funds on behalf of UFAW. Unfortunately Neil cut his foot a few days before the Run and was unable to take part but Laura successfully completed the 10km, which took place in sweltering conditions and included Edinburgh landmarks Holyrood Park, the Royal Mile, Canongate and Regent Road. Between them, and despite Neils’ injury, they raised over £570. Thank you to everyone who sponsored them and well done both. We hope to offer more such opportunities in the future and look forward to hearing from anyone willing to raise funds for UFAW in this way.

 

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LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Science in the Service of Animal Welfare: Priorities around the world

UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain 

4-5th July 2013                                                                   

 

The importance of science in elucidating and tackling animal welfare problems is increasingly recognised, but priorities, concerns and approaches vary between nations and cultures.

 

In July, over 160 delegates from 35 countries - including Brazil, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia - came together at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain to explore such issues and to discuss and identify how a scientific approach to animal welfare might be further encouraged in their countries. During the two days of the symposium, delegates listened to a range of talks and other contributions. Some outlined issues fundamental to the improvement of the welfare of animals – such as Professor Victoria Braithwaite’s (Pennsylvania State University, USA) talk on ‘The validity of parameters currently taken to be indicators of sentience’. Professor Braithwaite discussed how measures such as cognitive bias (in which how an animal feels - positive (optimistic) or negative (pessimistic) - influences their expectation of a reward in different situations), successive negative contrast (sensitivity to an unexpected downshift in reward value) and anhedonia (a reduced capacity to experience pleasure, e.g. a decreased intake of a reward) are being used to try to give us an insight as to whether animals have subjective awareness of their emotions (are conscious). Another such talk was Professor Christine Nicol’s (University of Bristol, UK) who, using chickens as an example, discussed how we might determine when the welfare of an animal is good enough for us to no longer need to be concerned about its welfare, and whether such a point exists. As part of this talk, she also touched on the increasingly debated concept of ‘positive welfare’

 

Practical issues of animal welfare were also addressed. Dr Marc Bracke (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands) presented his work on developing a method of pre-slaughter electrical stunning of commercially trawled fish, needed because some species have been found to be conscious for at least 2 hours post landing. Indeed, the welfare of fish was one of the themes of the meeting reflecting increasing awareness to their needs and their use in laboratories. The importance of education and promoting more humane alternatives was highlighted in several talks. Dr Zahir Shah (The Brooke, Pakistan) told the delegates how through working closely with the owners of working donkeys and other equids in Pakistan and through promoting a change in the type of ‘bit’ used (to that of a straight bar), clear improvements in the number and severity of lip lesions in these animals had been seen. Dr Jonathan Reynolds (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK) looked at the latest work in assessing the humanness of snares in fox control and also showed how improvements in the design of snares could address concerns raised. Such themes and many others were also raised in the many posters that were presented alongside the talks. The full programme and abstracts of all presentations can be found on the UFAW website (http://www.ufaw.org.uk/UFAW%202013%20Symposium%20abstract%20booklet%20final%20v3.pdf)

 

Finally, a workshop was held in which delegates discussed the needs of the international animal welfare science community and how UFAW might further support these

 

We would like to thank all those who contributed to the meeting, through their talks or poster presentations, and who chaired the sessions and helped the symposium run so smoothly. We would also like to thank Professors Antonio Velarde (IRTA – Montells) and Xavier Manteca (UAB) and their students for so graciously hosting us and their assistance in manning the registration desk and answering the many questions that were poised of them. Finally, thanks are extended to all the staff of the Convention Centre and Hotel for their help.

 

Plans are already in hand for the next meeting but we would welcome suggestions or offers to host similar events in the future.

 


 

LASA/UFAW Meeting 2013  

 

In recent years UFAW has organised one-day joint CPD events with the Laboratory Animal Science Association (LASA). The 2013 LASA/UFAW meeting will provide an opportunity for animal care staff to update themselves on various aspects related to the sensitive subject of euthanasia. Most animals used in research are euthanased, either to prevent further suffering or, because their bodies are needed for post-mortem research. The aim of euthanasia is to provide death without suffering, however there is evidence that some commonly used techniques may not be as humane as we would hope and research is being carried out on refinements and alternative techniques. The 2013 LASA/UFAW meeting will be held in September and will cover animal welfare and practical issues relating to the euthanasia of commonly used groups of animals.

Further information can be obtained from Dr R Hubrecht (ufaw@ufaw.org.uk)

This meeting was held on the 24th Sept 2013, and included papers that discussed current methods and Refinements or alternative methods to reduce or eliminate suffering. For example, presentations were given comparing different methods of euthanizing fish and rodents. In both cases the data showed that there might be problems with the most commonly used agents. For example, a comparison of  the use of MS222 (A common fish anaesthetic agent) with a selection of other chemical agents as a method of humane euthanasia for zebra fish showed that zebra fish have a strong aversion to MS222. On the basis of these results it was thought that another agent, Etomidate, might be a better option for this species. Similarly CO2, often used to euthanize rodents has the potential to cause pain, although the use of gradually rising concentrations may ameliorate or avoid this problem. Difficulties also arise in determining when species truly are unconscious. In poultry, for instance, there can be technical difficulties in taking measures such as EEGs and behaviour may not always provide a useful indicator.  It was clear that there is a need for further research in this area and that meetings such as these to disseminate best practice and draw attention to current gaps in knowledge are extremely useful.

 


 

NEW BOOK

UFAW Animal Welfare Book Series

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice

James Yeates

Available from Wiley Blackwell Price £34.99

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The RSPCA/UFAW Rodent Welfare Group provides a forum for scientists, animal technologists and veterinarians to exchange ideas on implementing the 3Rs within rodent care and use for research purposes. The Group holds annual meetings with presentations and interactive sessions, which often address specific themes. 

 

For more information see

http://www.rspca.org.uk/sciencegroup/researchanimals/implementing3rs/rodentwelfaregroup

 


 

Professor William Russell Fellowship: Thermal stress in mice.

The inaugural (2008) Professor William Russell Fellowship, investigating thermal stress in mice, is now complete. A report on this project is available here.

 


Science in the Service of Animal Welfare:

Priorities around the world

UFAW International Animal Welfare Science Symposium


Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain


4-5th July 2013


Click here to go to the Symposium webpage to register on-line

 


 

UFAW invites applications for 3 awards

UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarships

UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award


and


UFAW Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science

 


 

HSA SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGSJust Published

Recent Advances in the Welfare of Livestock at Slaughter - Proceedings of the HSA Centenary International Symposium, Portsmouth 2011

Copies can be purchased from UFAW price £20

Click here to view further details of these proceedings

 

 

 


 

UFAW SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS

Just Published

Proceedings of the UFAW International Symposium `Making animal welfare improvements: Economic and other incentives and constraints' Portsmouth, 2011

Copies can be purchased from UFAW price £20.

Click here to view further details of these proceedings.

 

 

 

 


UFAW NEWS SHEET 2012

 

 

Just Published

Click here to dowload a copy of the March 2012 UFAW News-Sheet

 

 

 

 


UFAW ANNUAL REPORT 2012

 

 

Click here to download a copy of the 2010-2011 UFAW Annual Report

 

 

 


 

UFAW is seeking applications for the UFAW 3Rs Liaison Group Research Studentship

Up to £75,000 available over a 3 year period.


The closing date for applications is 14th November 2011.


Click here for further details and an application form.

 


Recent Advances in Animal Welfare Science III

UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

21st June 2012

York Merchant Adventurer's Hall

Registration £25

Click here for further details.

 


 

UFAW NEWS SHEET 2011

 

UFAW News-Sheet 2011

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FARM ANIMAL HANDBOOK

 

New Edition of the Management and Welfare of Farm Animals: The UFAW Farm Handbook - Now available

Published by Wiley. Edited by John Webster. March 2011.

Price £38.50.  Order direct from Wiley.

 

 

 

 


 

Announcing the sixth title in a major UFAW Animal Welfare Series

EQUINE WELFARE BOOK

 

Eqine Welfare

C. Wayne McIlwraith (Editor), Bernard E. Rollin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8763-3 Paperback 504

A rational exploration of the ethical and welfare issues in all areas of equine use. This book addresses controversial and emotive issues surrounding these iconic creatures, providing a reliable source of information to support informed debate. It will enable all those with an interest in horses and the uses they are put to gain an awareness of the problems and abuses that occur. The book draws on the expertise of a range of acknowledged leaders in equine health and welfare. The first part of the book explores general issues of the horse’s needs and nature. The second part contains chapters each covering a specific human use of horses and the abuses that arise as a result.

March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell £44.99 / €54.00. Order direct from Wiley

 


UFAW Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarship

Up to £110,00 available for a promising graduate to undertake a three-year programme of research leading to a degree at the doctorate level. Closing date for Concept Note applications is 22nd November 2010. For further details click here.

 


UFAW announces two new awards

The Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award open to students who are currently studying for a doctoral degree and to individuals who are within six years of the end of their PhD. The winner will receive a £1000 cheque and will be presented with a framed award certificate. Closing date 30th November 2010 For further details click here to to to the Young Animal Welfare Scientist webpage.

The Medal for Oustanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science is open to individuals whose research, teaching, service and advocacy has significantly benefitted the welfare of animals.  The winner will receive a £3000 cheque, a commemorative medal and a framed award certificate. Closing dated 30th November 2010. For further details click here to go to the Medal for Outstanding Contribitions to Animal Welfare Science webpage.

 


UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarship (formerly Vacation Scholarship)

Applications are now invited for the UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarships 2011.

Up to £1600 available to cover subsistence and project expenses. Closing date 28th February 2011. Click here to go to the Scholarship webpage.

 


Animal Welfare Student Scholars' Meeting

8th December 2010

University of Glasgow

Featuring talks by students who undertook UFAW Animal Welfare & HSA Dorothy Sidley Student Scholarships in 2010

Free to attend. Each talk will last approx 15 minutes. Places limited. Contact Stephen Wickens (wickens@ufaw.org.uk) to book or for further details.

Click here to download a poster for the meeting


UFAW ANNUAL REPORT

 

UFAW Annual Report 2009-2010

Download a copy here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Making animal welfare improvements: economic and other incentives and constraints

UFAW International Symposium 2011

28th - 29th June 2011

Portsmouth Historic Dockyards


Anyone who wishes to receive further information about this meeting or would like to contribute a talk or poster should contact Dr Stephen Wickens at UFAW. Email:wickens@ufaw.org.uk or go to the Symposium 2011 webpage here


New training course receives UFAW Wildlife Welfare Award

UFAW has presented its 2010 Wild Animal Welfare Award to Dr Julie Lane, Team Leader of the Ethical Review team at FERA.  For further details see the Press Release.



UFAW gives advance notice of a research studentship leading to a degree at the doctorate level

UFAW has given advance notice that it intends to offer a Research Training Scholarship later this year.

Further details can be found on the Grants and Awards webpages or by clicking Research Training Scholarship.

 

 


 

UFAW LABORATORY ANIMAL HANDBOOK

Published April 2010 - The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, 8th edition.

Edited by Robert Hubrecht and James Kirkwood. Published by Wley-Blackwell.  To order a copy go to Wiley-Blackwell. If you are a UFAW Member you can get a discount of 15% when you order. Contact the UFAW office for a special discount form.

 

 

 


 

Just Published - UFAW News-Sheet 2010

Click here to download a copy. UFAW Spring News 2010_2006.qxd


 

UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarship (formerly Vacation Scholarship)

Applications are now invited for the UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarships 2010.

Up to £1600 available to cover subsistence and project expenses. Closing date 28th February 2010. Click here to go to the Scholarship webpage.

 


 

WILD ANIMAL WELFARE AWARDUFAW Wild Animal Welfare Award 2010

UFAW is currently inviting applications for the 2010 award. The award recognises innovations which are relevant to improving the welfare of captive wild animals, or which alleviate anthropogenic (human-induced) harm to the welfare of animals in the wild. Closing date 7th December 2009.

More on this and an application form

 


FOUGASSE DRAWING OF BIRDS ON A BIRD TABLE

UFAW International Animal Welfare Symposium


Wild bird care in the garden

Zoological Society of London, 4th (and possibly also 5th) May 2010

Click here to go to the Symposium webpage

Click here to download the press release on the Symposium

 

 


UFAW CONFERENCE 2010 LOGOUFAW Conference 2010 Recent advances in animal welfare science

30th June 2010

York Merchant Adventurers' Hall

NOW FULLY BOOKED

Click here to go to the Conference webpage.

 


 

UFAW Annual Report 2008-2009

 

Download a copy here.

 


 

UFAW Vacation Scholars' Meeting 2009

This year's Vacation Scholars' Meeting will be held on 9th December 2009 at the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Contact Stephen Wickens for further details wickens@ufaw.org.uk.


UFAW NEWS SHEET 2009

UFAW New-Sheet, Spring 2009

Just published. Download a copy here.

 

 


 

 

UFAW Companion Animal Welfare Award launched

The UFAW Companion Animal Welfare Award will be an annual competition open to all individuals and organisations working in the field of companion animal welfare science and technology.  Closing date 21st November 2008.

Click here for further details.

 


UFAW Vacation Scholarships 2009

UFAW is now inviting students to apply for the 2009 Vacation Scholarship awards. The aim of the scheme is to encourage students to develop their interests in animal welfare science by providing an opportunity to undertake research in this field.  Successful applicants will be awarded up to £1360 to cover subsistence and equipment expenses. If you are interested click here for further details and an application form.

Closing date: 28th February 2009.

 


GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG

 

 

UFAW Welfare & Breeding Initiative

UFAW plans to develop a web-based initiative to help improve breed-related welfare problems in companion animals

For further details click here

 

 


UFAW Annual Report 2007-2008

 

Download a copy here.

 

 

 

 

 


UFAW International Symposium 2009

Darwinian selection, selective breeding and the welfare of animals

Visit the Symposium web pages for further details.


 

UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

Recent advances in animal welfare science 3rd July 2008

Now Sold out

 

For further details click here

 


UFAW News-Sheet 2008

Download a copy here

 

 

 

 

 


 

UFAW Professor William Russell Fellowship 2008

New Fellowship launched. For further details click here.

 

 


 

UFAW Wild Animal Welfare Award 2008

UFAW is currently inviting applications for the 2007 award. The award recognises innovations which are relevant to improving the welfare of captive wild animals, or which alleviate anthropogenic (human-induced) harm to the welfare of animals in the wild. Closing date 7th December 2007.

More on this and an application form

 


UFAW News-Sheet 2007 Published

To download a copy click here

 

 

 

 


UFAW Vacation Scholarships 2008

Are you:

  • Interesting in animal welfare?
  • Thinking about what to do next summer?
  • Studying at a university or college in the British Isles?

A UFAW Vacation Scholarship would give you the chance to carry out your own animal welfare research project for 4-8 weeks over the summer holidays and receive up to £1120 subsistence and costs. If you are interested click here for further details and an application form.


 

UFAW Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarship

 

As part of its endeavours to encourage high quality science likely to lead to substantial advances in animal welfare, UFAW is running a scheme to award UFAW Animal Welfare Research Training Scholarships to enable promising veterinary or science graduates to undertake three-year programmes of research leading to degrees at the doctorate level within the British Isles. UFAW would like particularly to encourage applications in the following fields:

RAT

  • development of methodologies aimed at elucidation of the neurological basis of sentience in animals
  • developments in approaches to alleviating welfare problems in farmed, companion and/or laboratory animals through breeding
  • developments in detection and alleviation of pain
  • development of methods of welfare / quality of life assessment

 

UFAW does not wish to exclude potentially valuable projects in other aspects of animal welfare science and applications for work in other areas will also be considered.

The stipend for science graduates will be £16,283 rising to £19,230 for the third year (London weighting £18,211 rising to £21,507 for the third year) and for veterinary graduates, £17,097 rising to £20,192 for the third year (London weighting £19,121 rising to £22,583 for the third year). In addition, research costs up to £10,000 pa and approved tuition fees up to £3235 pa will be met (Applications for tuition fees in excess of this amount may be considered). Click here for further details.


 

 

UFAW Annual Report 2005-2006

To download a copy click here

 

 

 

 


UFAW Wild Animal Welfare Award 2007

UFAW is currently inviting applications for the 2007 award. The award recognises innovations which are relevant to improving the welfare of captive wild animals, or which alleviate anthropogenic (human-induced) harm to the welfare of animals in the wild. Closing date 9th December 2006.

More on this and an application form

View the Press Release


UFAW Workshop on Rodent Control Methods

Many of the current methods of rodent control fall short of the humane ideal. Around the world very large numbers of rodents are subject to control methods and so the subject is one of major animal welfare importance.

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Press Releases

Paignton Zoo Colobus Monkeys

Improving Zoo Primate Welfare:
Paignton Zoo Wins 2005 UFAW Wild Animal Welfare Award November 2005

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has received the 2005 Wild Animal Welfare Award from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) for their work with Colobus monkeys.

 

The closing date for the 2007 award is 9th December 2006. Further details and an application form click here.

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Dog on chair

UFAW/BVA Ethics Committee International Symposium
Quality of Life: The Heart of the Matter

13-14 September 2006 at The Royal Society, London, UK.

UFAW and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) Ethics Committee organized an international symposium with the aim of bringing together leading scientists, practicing veterinarians, animal scientists and keepers, and medics from around the world to discuss the issues, advances, ethical and practical implications of concern for the quality of life of companion animals.

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University Links, News & Events

‘University Links’ is a network of UFAW representatives, members and supporters at universities and colleges around the UK and overseas. Its aims are to promote animal welfare science and the objectives of UFAW while providing a forum for the involvement of members and supporters.

 

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