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

Tail handling reduces the value of reward in laboratory mice

    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 >

A standardised equine-based welfare assessment

  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 >

Latest from our Blog

Call for Workshops for 2019

  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 Early Career Researcher Workshop

  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 >

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 >