Six veterinary research projects aimed at improving areas of livestock and equine welfare will get underway after receiving funding from the BVA’s Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF).

books-441866_1920Grant recipients of the AWF’s Norman Hayward Fund undertake research projects to prevent disease and improve welfare in horses, cattle and sheep.

The 2016 project selection ranges in length between one to three years. The grant amount varies depending on the project length.

2016’s recipients

This year’s recipients are:

  • Karin Mueller, from the University of Liverpool, for establishing a knowledge base of lameness in beef cattle
  • Lesley Stubbings (independent), for improving the welfare and longevity of rams in commercial sheep flocks
  • Maria R Lopez-Alvarez, from Animal Health Trust, for validation of equine cell lines as a cellular replacement to model equine primary cells for in vitro studies
  • Katherine Hughes, from the University of Cambridge, for understanding the role of STAT1, STAT3 and STAT5 in naturally occurring inflammatory lesions of the bovine and ovine mammary gland
  • Diana Williams, from the University of Liverpool, for the impact of liver fluke infection on the welfare of horses
  • Laura Green, from the University of Warwick, for the development, testing and roll out of an online lameness recording system for sheep farmers.

Charitable aims

AWF chairman Chris Laurence said: “One of AWF’s key charitable aims is to raise the standards of practical animal welfare, which is why we fund several projects annually that have the potential to make a real difference to the way we understand various welfare aspects for horses, cattle and sheep.

“This year’s recipients show a great range and depth in their research topics and we look forward to some interesting outcomes that will improve the day-to-day lives of the target species.”

AWF was set up more than three decades ago by BVA members with a passion to alleviate unnecessary pain and suffering in all animals, including farm animals, wild animals and pets, the charity states.

The Norman Hayward Trust was established in 1995. Since 2005, the fund has awarded more than £1 million to research projects.

For more information, visit the AWF website.

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