A high-impact centre dedicated to the advancement of animal welfare science.

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The Centre for Animal Welfare is an interdisciplinary centre that undertakes research, teaching and public engagement in the field of animal welfare.

Animal welfare is a broad term. It includes the subfields of animal welfare science, animal ethics, and animal law and policy. Animal welfare science involves using scientific methods (particularly physiological and behavioural indicators) to assess animals' welfare states in various settings. The knowledge so derived informs ethical analysis and in turn the evolution of animal law and policy.

CAW provides a collaborative hub for academics and academic organisations interested in animal welfare issues. In addition to traditional research and knowledge dissemination through academic publications, presentations and educational programmes, we also seek to engage with wider society, particularly through our seminar series on important or interesting animal welfare issues. Through such engagement we aim to increase knowledge and understanding about animal welfare and animal use practices within society at large.

CAW is based in the Department of Politics and Society in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. It has partnerships with Compassion in World FarmingInternational Fund for Animal Welfare and through CAW, the University is a signatory to the CreatureKind commitment.

CAW recent news in brief

July 2018

Congratulations to CAW research student Madelaine Leitsberger, who has passed her PhD viva with no corrections. Her thesis is titled 'Unleashing the synergisms of animal ethics to advance animal protection'. Madelaine's PhD is the first completion in our series of 175 Studentships, fully funded studentships to celebrate the University's 175th anniversary. Find out more about research degrees at Winchester and our studentship opportunities.

June 2018

CAW research into vegetarian companion animal diets featured prominently in Images of Research, an exhibition celebrating the breadth and impact of research carried out at the University of Winchester. The exhibition was displayed throughout June in the Winchester Discovery Centre, in the heart of the community, and attracted many visitors. Find out more about Images of Research.

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