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

Positive reinforcement training of group-housed rhesus macaques

    This paper details a protocol for the positive reinforcement training (PRT) of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Social groups of up to 10 adults were trained to simultaneously position themselves at individual stations, which could be moved as necessary, for research ...Read more >

Rabbit relinquishment through online classified advertisements in the United Kingdom

    The rehoming of companion animals is a welfare concern. We were interested in finding out how many rabbits were rehomed through online classified adverts in the United Kingdom, and in understanding why caregivers decided to rehome their rabbits. This required a lot ...Read more >

Farmers’ attitudes to sanctions and rewards as motivators to reduce lameness in sheep

Lameness in sheep is endemic across the UK; it is painful, and a significant welfare concern. In England, the prevalence of lameness had fallen from 10% (2004 estimate) to 5% by 2013. This reduction in prevalence was associated with the ...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 >