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UFAW LINKS scheme supports animal welfare event at Egerton University, Kenya

8 November 2023

In September 2023, UFAW supported an animal welfare seminar organised by the Animal Welfare Club at Egerton University, Kenya. Whilst the Animal Welfare Club has been in existence for some time, the organisers hoped that their recent affiliation with the UFAW LINKS scheme would help to invigorate the club and allow them to be more active within the university community.

The seminar brought together six speakers from industry, with a particular focus on farm animal welfare:

·       Dennis Kigiri – Nakuru Living Lab
·       Dr Gilbert Kirui – Engerton University
·       Dr Mosiany Kisipan – Egerton University
·       Dr Mike Muigai – Northrift Veterinary Service
·       Dr Richard Kibochi – Vetcare Initiative
·       Elkam Ekwam – Utuzi Initiative

The event aimed to stimulate increased student engagement in farm animal welfare in Kenya and was attended by 72 students from different disciplines. 

A key aim of the UFAW LINKS scheme is to ensure that students at staff at participating institutions remain well-informed about UFAW’s ongoing activities, grants, awards and other opportunities. As the first UFAW-supported event at Egerton University, Dr Samuel Nyaga (UFAW LINK, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) explained the work of UFAW to attendees, including an interactive walk-through of the UFAW website.

The UFAW LINKS scheme is our international outreach initiative that encourages engagement with animal welfare science at a global network of participating universities and colleges. The scheme is an integral part of our work to develop scientific solutions to animal welfare problems and to disseminate evidence-based animal welfare information. If you would like more information about the scheme, or to become a LINK for your institution, please contact Dr Stephen Wickens at wickens@ufaw.org.uk.