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

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About us

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's MSc and BSc courses are based in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, while its BA course is offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For further course details, see below under Study With Us.

CAW has partnerships with Compassion in World Farming and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and through CAW the University is a signatory to the CreatureKind commitment. 

CAW also organises animal welfare events, aimed both at University of Winchester staff and students and the general public. For forthcoming events, see below under What's On.

Meet the team

Academic staff

Visiting Professors

Visiting Lecturers

External Advisor

Research students

  • Pam Adams-Wright: 'An investigation into why post-weaning stereotypical pacing develops in red squirrel kittens at Wildwood Escot and Wildwood Kent'
  • Rebecca Hammerton: 'Keeper perceptions of captive primate diets: nutritional and welfare perspectives'
  • Elizabeth Roe: 'Breeding Success and Welfare in Aye-Ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis): Wild and Captive Perspectives'
  • Nicky Shaw: 'Responses of the domestic dog to artificial intelligence technology: training and welfare perspectives'