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

Meta-analysis on the effects of housing on growing rabbits

  Photo copyright: ©Compassion in World Farming   Rabbits are the second most-farmed species in Europe, but are under-represented in welfare research. We conducted a meta-analysis to help understand how the housing environment affects growing rabbits, particularly on farms. This approach was useful to reveal ...Read more >

Cross-modal recognition of familiar conspecifics in goats

This article by Benjamin Pitcher and co-authored by AWRN members Alan McElligott and Luigi Baciadonna, describes their study examining whether goats (Capra hircus) possess cross-modal representations (auditory–visual) of conspecifics. They presented subjects with recorded conspecific calls broadcast equidistant between two individuals, one ...Read more >

Analysis of Factors Relating to Companion Rabbits Relinquished to Two United Kingdom Rehoming Centers

A new study, just published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, explores the reasons why companion rabbits are relinquished by their owners to rehoming centres in the UK. The research was carried out by Clare Frances Ellis PhD ...Read more >

Latest from our Blog

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 >

Call for Workshops 2017 / 2018

  The vision of the AWRN is to foster enhanced collaboration and cohesion within the animal welfare research community, with a view to increasing successful grant-funded research and promoting the impact of outputs from research. As an important strand of its ...Read more >

Report on the Positive Welfare Workshop

By Annie Rayner     The AWRN Workshop held at SRUC Edinburgh on the 11th of May 2017 was a result of a SRUC and University of Bristol Collaborative project in measuring Positive Welfare. The aims of the day were: to understand the ...Read more >