AWSELVA is fully committed to supporting students and offers student membership FREE of charge as well as heavily discounted conference registration. Several UK universities have an AWSELVA representative on their staff, to help students with an interest in animal welfare and AWSELVA's activities (see below).

We can offer students practical assistance in many ways; for example, providing speakers for animal welfare, ethics and/or law-themed Clinical Club Evenings, Symposia or Congresses, or helping find an academic supervisor for a research project.

If students wish to form their own AWSEL (Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) association at their university or college, AWSELVA will happily provide assistance and support for this.

Student Funding

AWSELVA is aware of the following sources of funding for students wishing to pursue animal welfare-related projects and activities. The list is checked regularly, but please let us know about any others or if you find a broken link.

British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Trust Queen Mother Student Travel Awards

Open to vet student members of BEVA to enable them to travel in order to expand their studies relating to the science and welfare of horses.

BVA Travel Grants

Student travel grants are awarded by the BVA to allow vet students to contribute to veterinary work in developing countries.

British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) Zebra Foundation

Awards grants to vet students seeing practice or undertaking research at an institution specialising in zoo medicine.

Laboratory Animals Veterinary Association (LAVA)

LAVA run a scheme to support veterinary students wishing to undertake EMS with veterinary surgeons working in laboratory animal science.

RCVS Trust EMS vacation research scholarships

Assist veterinary undergraduates planning to undertake a research project during a vacation.

Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellowship Opportunity in Pig Health and Welfare 

2018 PhD opportunity: Improving the detection of respiratory disease and tail lesions to improve pig welfare and reduce antimicrobial use

UFAW Animal Welfare Student Scholarships (formerly the Vacation Scholarship)

Aims to encourage students to develop their interests in animal welfare and their abilities for animal welfare research.

Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarships

Provide research experience in the summer vacation for students considering a career in research.


AWSELVA University Representatives

AWSELVA University Representatives are a point of contact between AWSELVA and several academic institutions. Amongst their activities, they represent AWSELVA to staff and students, support and assist students who are interested in animal welfare science, ethics and law, and facilitate the hosting of AWSELVA conferences at the University. These are our University Representatives:

Anglia Ruskin University - Dr Jenna Kiddie

Royal Veterinary College - Dr Steven McCulloch

University of Bristol - Dr Siobhan Mullan

University of Cambridge - Dr Gareth Pearce

University of Edinburgh - Professor Natalie Waran

University of Glasgow - Dr Dorothy McKeegan

University of Liverpool - Dr Jennifer Duncan

University of Nottingham - Vanessa Ashall