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
Researchers at Newcastle University have found that picking up laboratory mice by the tail makes them less responsive to reward, suggesting a more depressive-like state compared to mice handled using a tunnel. Mice are the most widely used model species ...Read more >
Most equine welfare research focuses on horses used for leisure and sporting purposes in developed countries. However, these animals make up a relatively small proportion of the world’s estimated total equine population of approximately 113 million. More than 80% of ...Read more >
Previous research suggested that personality in horses might relate the expression of pain, in a similar way to humans. Recent research carried out by Dr Carrie Ijichi and James Lush looked at dogs recovering from routine castration in applied veterinary ...Read more >
Events and Workshops
Latest from our Blog
BY ELLEN WILLIAMS AND EMMA MONAGHAN The AWRN ‘Career Progression for Early Career Researchers’ workshop, organised by Nicola Davidson and Jane Hurst, took place at the University of Liverpool from 01 – 02 March 2018. Due to the appearance put in ...Read more >
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 >