WELCOME TO THE NETWORK

Welcome to the UK Animal Welfare Research Network (AWRN) website. The Network is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

It aims to bring together the UK animal welfare research community, researchers in related areas, and stakeholders with interests in animal welfare, to identify important research topics, increase collaboration, and support and encourage research activities.

Current Research Findings

Bestial boredom: a biological perspective on animal boredom and suggestions for its scientific investigation

  Boredom when it is severe and prolonged is torment to humans and can cause dangerous or criminal behaviour and depression. It has been little researched from a biological perspective to date and some believe boredom is unique to humans. However, Dr ...Read more >

Pacing Stereotypies in Laboratory Rhesus Macaques

This interesting review by AWRN members Colline Poirier and Melissa Bateson examines what is known about pacing stereotypies in rhesus macaques. They discuss whether stereotypies can be interpreted as a sign of poor welfare or not. The review highlights the lack of ...Read more >

Welfare of Zebrafish undergoing procedures

A recent paper published by authors including Lynne Sneddon from the University of Liverpool, examined the impact of social context on behavior and recovery from welfare challenges of zebrafish.  They housed zebrafish in pairs or group and compared their responses to ...Read more >

Latest from our Blog

Report on "NC3Rs Year of Laboratory Rodent Welfare"

  Throughout 2017 the NC3Rs launched a number of initiatives and funded work addressing the welfare of rats and mice used in research as part of a "Year of Laboratory Rodent Welfare". This theme was chosen to highlight the welfare needs ...Read more >

Report on the Policy Workshop

  By Nicola Davidson     The AWRN ‘Bridging the Gap between Animal Welfare Science and Policy’ workshop was funded by Defra, The Scottish Government and The Welsh Government and took place at Mary Sumner House in London. The day began with a selection ...Read more >

Report on UFAW Meeting July 2017

Measuring animal welfare and applying scientific advances – Why is it still so difficult?   The 2017 UFAW international symposium was held at Royal Holloway from 27th to 29th June. The general theme of the conference was that despite progress in animal ...Read more >

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