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					 B r i t i s h Ve t e r i n a r y A s s o c i a t i o n

Annual review 2005

                       Improving the welfare of animals through
                        veterinary science, education and debate
                                                          Registered Charity 287118
  What does the
  BVA AWF do?

Our mission is to improve the
welfare of all animals through
veterinary science, education and
The British Veterinary Association Animal
Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) was
established in 1983 by the BVA as a result of
a generous legacy from Colleen Macleod.

The aim of the Foundation is to apply the
knowledge, skill and compassion of
veterinary surgeons in an effective way by
funding a variety of projects and activities,
which aim to find practical solutions to the
welfare problems of all animals.

Veterinary surgeons are involved in all aspects
of animal health and welfare and the
involvement of the veterinary profession as
trustees of the BVA AWF makes this charity
  2      Chairman’s welcome – The Way Forward

  3      BVA AWF trustees

         Improving animal welfare through education
               University lectureships

               Welfare Forum for veterinary students

               Hartpury College prize giving

               Promoting pet care

9 – 10   Improving animal welfare through debate

               Divisional Representatives Day

               Sponsoring debate at BVA Congress

 11      Improving animal welfare through veterinary science


               Garden bird health and welfare

 12      Finances and accounts

 13      How you can help to improve animal welfare
    The way forward

    Towards the end of 2004 the trustees, following a period of examination of the Foundation’s
    performance and outputs, identified a set of five objectives known as The Way Forward Strategy. These
    objectives have informed our activities during 2005 and I hope that is apparent in this review.

    The trustees, in consultation with our divisional representatives, identified our five broad objectives as:

    • the funding and support of welfare projects that will have a practical and positive effect on animal
    • the promotion of debate on animal welfare issues and the development and enhancement of
      welfare education in the UK veterinary schools;
    • promotion of the mission, remit and achievements of the Foundation;
    • contribution to the development of BVA welfare policy;
    • financial stability and growth.

    Education dominates much of what we do. The BVA AWF lectureships at the Universities of Bristol,
    Glasgow and Liverpool continue to make a significant contribution to the animal welfare element in
    the veterinary curriculum and therefore to animal welfare in general. As they settled into their roles
    during 2005 the trustees were pleased to see the lecturers becoming more involved in other BVA AWF
    initiatives such as the Welfare Forum for final-year veterinary students and the Divisional
    Representatives Day.

    Among our achievements in 2005 was the launch of the new BVA AWF website as well as the launch
    of our pet travel leaflet Taking your pets abroad which has been a phenomenal success. We also
    produced an anti-tail docking poster, Every dog should have a tail to tell... which the BVA used in their
    campaign to end the practise of tail docking.

    2005 has been a busy and productive year and all that we achieve is a credit to the commitment of our
    trustees and divisional representatives. We are also indebted to our supporters among the veterinary
    profession and the general public upon whose generosity we depend.

    Kate Kerr
    Chairman of the Trustees

2                    Welcome
The trustees                                                     Kate Kerr, Chairman of Trustees
                                                                 BVM&S DWEL MRCVS NSch

                                                                 Kate graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary
                                                                 Studies in 1977 and spent ten years in mixed practice
Veterinary surgeons are involved in all aspects of animal care   during which time she also taught animal care. In 1991
                                                                 she joined the State Veterinary Service where she has held
and are therefore ideally placed to identify animal welfare      various posts including providing support and advice on
                                                                 veterinary training to the Chief Veterinary Officer. Kate is a
problems and assist in finding solutions to them. The fact       specialist in animal welfare and has an RCVS diploma in
that all of the trustees are qualified veterinary surgeons       welfare science, ethics and law. Kate first became a trustee
                                                                 in 1998 and was made Chairman in 2001.
makes the BVA AWF unique.

Simon Adams                                                      John Bower
BSc BVMS MRCVS                                                   BVSc MRCVS

                                                                 John is a senior partner in a 12-vet small animal veterinary
Since graduating in 1985 Simon’s key interests have been
                                                                 hospital in Plymouth. He is a past-president of the BVA
wildlife and zoo medicine. He has worked with the
                                                                 and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Zoological Society of London and other international
                                                                 (BSAVA) and a past-president and founding member of
organisations to improve the welfare of both wild and
                                                                 the Veterinary Practice Management Association. In 1990
captive zoo species. He also works in the fields of racing
                                                                 he was awarded the Melton Award by the BSAVA for
greyhound and equine welfare and is campaigning for a
                                                                 services to small animal practice. He is also a trustee of the
scientific, research-led and ‘evolving’ welfare policy for
                                                                 Pet Plan Charitable Trust and veterinary adviser to
the veterinary profession in the future.
                                                                 Genusxpress and Pet Plan.

 David Chennells                                                 Wendy Harrison
 VetMB MA CertPM MRCVS                                           BSc BVetMed PhD MRCVS

                                                                 Wendy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in
 Following his graduation in 1976 David has spent much of
                                                                 1997 and spent a short time in general practice before
 his career in general and pig practice, except for a three-
                                                                 starting a PhD in London looking at the vascular
 year period in the State Veterinary Service. He is the senior
                                                                 complications of diabetes. She then spent 18 months
 partner of a seven-vet mixed practice and currently
                                                                 working at the University of Georgia (US) in the large
 President of the Pig Veterinary Society. He also teaches
                                                                 animal department looking at the mechanisms of bovine
 and is involved with various studies and several pig
                                                                 and equine laminitis. Wendy then returned to the UK and
 industry advisory committees. He lives on and runs a
                                                                 now works at GlaxoSmithKline. She sits on the Royal
 sheep and arable farm in Buckinghamshire.
                                                                 College of Veterinary Surgeons Council.

David Henderson                                                  Stephen Lister
BVM&S ARAgS MRCVS                                                BVetMed BSc CertPMP MRCVS

David qualified in 1967 and went into farm practice. He          Stephen runs a three-vet specialist poultry practice in
was senior lecturer in animal health at Seale-Hayne              Norfolk, dealing with a great variety of clients and avian
Agricultural College for four years and has since worked         species. He has a special interest in practical approaches
extensively in both industry and animal disease research.        to improving animal welfare, diagnosis and preventative
David is a past-president of the Sheep Veterinary                medicine aspects of poultry disease, and veterinary
Society, a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council             medicines issues. Stephen has been a trustee for the last
(FAWC) and coordinator of the Scottish Centre for                10 years and is also a member of the Farm Animal
Animal Welfare Science. He is a consultant in sheep              Welfare Council (FAWC) and the Veterinary Products
medicine.                                                        Committee.

Carl Padgett                                                     Andrew Scott
BVMS CertCHP MRCVS                                               BVetMed MRCVS
Carl qualified in 1989 and spent six years in mixed
                                                                 Andrew is from a farming family in Norfolk. He
practice in Worcester and the Cotswolds before
                                                                 graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1965
returning to his native Lancaster where he is now a
                                                                 and after a three-year position in a large animal practice
partner in a 14-vet mixed practice. His main interests are
                                                                 in Towcester moved to his current practice in Maldon
farm animal practice and proactive approaches to
                                                                 where he is now principal. With a continued interest in
animal health and welfare, promoting strategic
                                                                 animal welfare issues Andrew served as chairman of
approaches to preventative medicine on farms. Carl is
                                                                 BVA AWF Trustees between 1995–2001 and as
also actively involved in veterinary education and
                                                                 President of the BVA from 2001–2002.

                                                                 Andrew Trawford
Pete Southgate                                                   BVSc MSc MRCVS CVMA
                                                                 Andrew has been working with charities in different
Pete graduated in 1979 and after a number of years in            countries throughout his career. He is now director of
practice, took an MSc in aquatic veterinary studies at           veterinary services at the Donkey Sanctuary. After
Stirling University where he stayed as a diagnostic fish         graduating in 1969 he went into general practice
pathologist for six years. He then became a freelance            before working in Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, the
consultant in fish diseases to the developing aquaculture        Middle East and Malaysia for British Government
industry. Since 1997 he has been a partner in the Fish Vet       overseas aid projects. He still travels extensively to
Group and he has a particular interest in fish welfare.          develop extension programmes for the veterinary health
                                                                 and welfare of donkeys.

Freda Scott-Park, BVA President                                  Bob McCracken, BVA Past-President
BVM&S PhD MRCVS                                                  CBE BVM&S PhD FRagS MRCVS
Freda qualified from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary
                                                                 Bob McCracken graduated from the University of
Studies in 1979. A dairy farmer’s wife, she has
                                                                 Edinburgh in 1966 and gained his PhD from Queen’s
experience of conventional and organic farming while
                                                                 University Belfast in 1968. After a period in mixed practice
her work in pharmaceutical research has led to her
                                                                 he joined the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
interest in the welfare of animals used in research, and,
                                                                 in Northern Ireland (DARDNI) embarking on a career in
in a wider context, the ethical issues facing the
                                                                 State veterinary service which would span over 36 years
profession. She is a past-president of the British Small
                                                                 and culminate in him becoming the chief veterinary officer
Animal Veterinary Association and the current president
                                                                 for Northern Ireland from 1998 – 2002.
of the BVA.
    Encouraging excellence in education

    University lectureships
    The BVA AWF lecturers at the universities of Bristol,
    Glasgow and Liverpool continued to make a
    significant contribution to the animal welfare
    component in the veterinary curriculum during
      Dr David Main (Bristol), Dr Dorothy McKeegan
    and (Glasgow) Dr Jennifer Duncan (Liverpool) each
    address slightly different but complimentary
    aspects of animal welfare in the courses that they
    teach as BVA AWF Lecturers. Topics covered
    include applied welfare assessment and
    improvement; quality of life assessments;               ABOVE
                                                            Making a difference: Some of BVA AWF lecturer Jennifer Duncan’s students.
    epidemiology and biosecurity. What unites the           Dr Duncan’s teaching initiatives have proved a good example of the practical and
    lecturers however is their firm belief in the           positive impact that the lectureships have had on welfare teaching

    importance of welfare teaching and its integration
    throughout the whole of the veterinary                    They also discuss the animal welfare implications
    curriculum.                                             for the problems and are asked to provide
      The lecturers continue to work collaboratively on     solutions. Most of the animal welfare problems are
    research projects and on improving the welfare          referred to the students by outside veterinary
    element of the veterinary curriculum. During 2005       practices and a variety of issues have been
    they also became more enmeshed in other BVA             explored. For example, students have looked at
    AWF initiatives and they now contribute to the          welfare problems in greyhound racing, transport
    case-study based two-day welfare forum for final-       of animals for slaughter abroad and welfare issues
    year veterinary students as well as the divisional      in the horse racing industry.
    representatives day.
      Also in the interests of promoting animal welfare
    in veterinary education, the BVA AWF funded a
    student on the MSc course in animal welfare at
    Edinburgh University in his successful final-year       Hartpury college prizes
    project for 2003/2004. The Foundation is pleased
    to continue this commitment and is funding
    another student on the same course for                  The BVA AWF’s commitment to welfare education
    2004/2005.                                              is demonstrated in diverse ways and in 2005 the
                                                            Foundation was approached by Hartpury College
                                                            in Gloucestershire. The college was seeking
    Focus on teaching at liverpool university               support for their end-of-year prize giving
    One of the initiatives that Dr Jennifer Duncan has      ceremony and the trustees were delighted to
    introduced at Liverpool is the Investigation and        sponsor three new prizes. The inaugural BVA AWF
    Welfare Week, which provides a very good                trophies for the top FdSc Animal Behaviour and
    example of the practical and positive impact that       Welfare Student; the top BSc Animal Behaviour
    the lectureships have had on welfare teaching.          and Welfare Student and the top Veterinary
      During the Investigation and Welfare Week             Science/Health Studies student were presented at
    students, in groups of five or six, are given farm-     a ceremony at Gloucester Cathedral in November
    animal health problems which they investigate.          this year.

4                     Education
Practical lessons in animal welfare

Welfare forum

The BVA AWF commitment to education in the
veterinary curriculum is reinforced by its continued
support for the Welfare Forum for final-year
students. The two-day Forum is held annually at
the University of Lancaster and is overseen by
trustee Carl Padgett.
   The aim of the Forum is to raise the veterinary
student’s awareness of some of the welfare issues
that might apply to their everyday work in practice.
The Forum takes a workshop format and is case-
study and role-play based. Delegates are divided
into small groups to discuss companion and farm
animal welfare case studies and each of the groups
is led by a tutor. The tutors are all qualified
veterinary surgeons and the case studies are
written by veterinary surgeons based on real
situations that they have encountered in practice.
The emphasis is on learning but the case studies        ABOVE
                                                        Role play: students at the BVA AWF Welfare Forum use role-play to help solve the
and role-play make for an entertaining event for        difficult real-life cases encountered by the forum’s tutor team
the tutors as well as the student delegates.
   2005 saw a significant increase in interest in the   Forum in terms of welfare education and the BVA
Forum and 46 students attended, most of these           AWF objectives.
attracted      by      positive     word-of-mouth          ‘By providing this opportunity to broaden and
recommendations from previous years’ attendees.         consolidate animal welfare awareness and
2005 delegates highlighted the practical value of       knowledge among students shortly before they
the Forum and its fresh and original approach to        join the veterinary profession, the Welfare Forum is
welfare education. Delegates described the event        an important occasion for the BVA AWF to achieve
as ‘good fun’ and ‘thought provoking’ and               its aim of improving animal welfare through
‘useful’. The feedback for the 2005 event is best       veterinary science, education and debate.
summed up however by the delegate who said the             Throughout the Forum frequent mention was
Forum ‘lived up to if not beyond expectations’.         made of the Five Freedoms, and of the practical
                                                        role vets can play in improving animal welfare,
The tutors                                              beyond the boundaries of individual veterinary
This year seven veterinary surgeons, including one      practices. In so doing, in combination with the BVA
of the BVA AWF Lecturers and a BVA AWF trustee,         AWF lectureships in animal welfare at the vet
acted as tutors. The trustees are extremely grateful    schools, the Foundation is helping profession to
to the tutors; the feedback from the student            move away from a purely health and disease
delegates consistently highlights the value of their    approach to animal welfare (essential though this
contribution.                                           component of animal welfare is) towards a more
   Sean Wensley, a veterinary surgeon from              contemporary and credible approach; one that is in
Liverpool with a BVA AWF-funded MSc in animal           keeping with current scientific knowledge and
welfare science, attended the Forum some years          thinking on the subject and that will be essential to
ago as a student delegate. In 2005 he took part as      achieving tangible improvements in animals
a tutor and gave his view on the value of the           welfare over the coming months and years’.

                                                            Education                                                                      5
    Promoting pet care

    Animal welfare online –
                                                                 The BVA AWF website was
                                                                 given a makeover and
                                                                 relaunched in May 2005. The
                                                                 new site, which is for the
                                                                 most part aimed at the
                                                                 general public, has a fresh
                                                                 and friendly feel which the
                                                                 trustees hope will encourage
                                                                 repeat visits. The changes
                                                                 that have been made to the
                                                                 site are not just cosmetic and
                                                                 the website has some
                                                                 interesting new functions.
                                                                 For example, it is now
                                                                 possible to download most of
                                                                 the Foundation’s educational
                                                                 resources. It is also possible
                                                                 for applicants for BVA AWF
                                                                 funding to submit their
                                                                 applications online. Various
                                                                 other functions will be
                                                                 explored in 2006 including
                                                                 the addition of an online
                                                                 donation facility.

    Resources available at
     To request:                               To download:

     • Guides for caring for household pets,   • Taking your pets abroad
       including rabbits and hamsters          • Pets and poisons: keeping your
     • Free-range poultry diseases poster        animals safe
     • Pain management in small animals        • Every dog should have a tail to tell…
     • CD-ROM on practical animal
       handling – small mammals

6                  Education
Taking your pets abroad
Heartened by the continued demand for the Pets
and poisons leaflet the BVA AWF launched
another educational leaflet aimed at the general
public in 2005. Our pet travel leaflet is aimed at
pet owners who are planning to take their
animals abroad. The leaflet outlines some of the
more common diseases, transmitted by ticks,
mosquitoes and sandflies, that pets may
encounter outside of the UK and provides details
of preventative measures. It also explains the
criteria that animals must meet under the UK’s
Pet Travel Scheme and reminds owners of the
importance of contacting their vet if their pet
develops an illness on their return to the UK.

About 30,000 copies of this leaflet were
distributed free of charge by the Foundation to
the general public in 2005. This leaflet is also
available to download from the BVA AWF

                                                                              ABOVE AND LEFT
                                                                              Spreading the word: Two of the BVA AWF’s
                                                                              popular leaflets which are helping the public
                                                                              to take good care of their pets

                           Pets and poisons
                           The BVA AWF Pets and poisons leaflet was launched in 2004 but remained
                           in high demand throughout 2005. The leaflet was produced in partnership
                           with the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) to advise the general
                           public on keeping their pets safe from harmful substances. This easy
                           reference guide lists common substances which may be poisonous to pets,
                           including raisins and chocolate! It also tells you what to do if you think your
                           animal has been poisoned. The BVA AWF has made this leaflet available to
                           the general public free of charge and it is also available to download from
                           our website.

                                                          Education                                                           7
    Promoting pet care

    Tail docking
    The BVA AWF is not a
    policy-making body but
    the Foundation does
    contribute to the BVA’s
    policy development and
    campaigning activity.
       All puppies are born
    with tails, but some breeds
    have them cut off – or
    docked – when they are a
    few days old. The BVA
    believes that this painful
    process does not benefit
    the dog. The BVA AWF
    believes that Every dog
    should have a tail to tell…
    and produced a poster
    (right) which shows dogs
    that have not had their
    tails docked as puppies.
    The poster was endorsed
    by various animal welfare
    organisations, including
    the RSPCA, PDSA and
    Dogs Trust. It conveyed a
    powerful       anti-docking
    message and was an
    effective tool in the BVA’s
    campaign to end the
    practice of cosmetic
       The poster can be
    downloaded from:
                                                                         The Every dog should have a tale to tell... poster
                                                                         Conveying a powerful anti-docking message

    you&your vet
    The Foundation’s petcare magazine you&your vet continued to be distributed by veterinary
    surgeons to their clients during 2005. Furthermore, copies of most of the articles featured in the
    magazine are available to download from the Foundation’s website. These include a particularly
    interesting article on animal welfare after the tsunami as well as the regular Ask the Vet Q&A with
    trustee John Bower.

8                    Education
Improving welfare through debate

BVA AWF Divisional Representatives Day

The BVA AWF is supported by a network of about                         attendees this year was up significantly on 2004.
50 veterinary surgeons representing each of the                        The delegates were still predominantly divisional
BVA’s divisions. They are known as divisional                          representatives and trustees but also included
representatives and their role is to help the trustees                 representatives from the UK veterinary schools, the
identify welfare issues and promote the work of                        Companion Animal Welfare Council, Department
the Foundation at grassroots level. The Divisional                     for the Environment (DEFRA), Farming and Rural
Representatives Day is one of the premier events in                    Affairs, Dogs Trust, Farm Animal Welfare Council,
the BVA AWF calendar; it provides an opportunity                       International League for the Protection of Horses,
for the representatives to gather and discuss                          PDSA, RSPCA and the World Society for the
important welfare related issues.                                      Protection of Animals among other animal welfare
   For the first time in recent years this event was                   organisations.
held outside BVA headquarters at the Royal Society                       The principal item for discussion at the event was
of Medicine. Also for the first time in recent years,                  the new Animal Welfare Bill. Graham Thurlow,
the trustees decided to extend the invitation list to                  Veterinary Advisor at DEFRA, examined the
include a number of other organisations with an                        evolution of the Bill and its aims. He maintained
animal welfare remit. The trustees’ ultimate aim is                    that the Bill would streamline and update
to raise the profile of this event and establish it as                 legislation, support responsible pet ownership and
a key forum within the wider animal welfare                            lead to improved breed standards. Dr Judy
community. The decision to extend the invitation                       MacArthur Clark MRCVS examined animal welfare
list had the desired effect and the number of                          in a worldwide context. Graham Hibbert, Senior

Discussion and debate: a member of the panel at BVA AWF’s
Divisional Representatives Day addresses the audience made up of the
Foundation’s divisional representatives as well as delegates from
various high-profile animal welfare organisations
                                                                          Debate                                              9
     Improving welfare through debate

     Vice President of the British Cattle Veterinary         come to be perceived as vermin with
     Association (BCVA) examined the Bill from a farm        consequentially poor welfare. Finally, David
     animal point of view and finally, Elaine Pendlebury,    Harwood, Royal Counties Veterinary Association
     PDSA, looked at how the Bill would affect               (RCVA), highlighted welfare concerns in the UK
     veterinary surgeons in their day to day work.           goat population – currently estimated at about
        The BVA AWF Lecturers led a discussion, chaired      90,000. He particularly highlighted the
     by Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the BVA     implications of disbudding and dehorning;
     Veterinary Policy Group (VPG), on the current state     procedures that are sometimes carried out without
     of welfare teaching in UK veterinary schools. Dr        anaesthetic to detrimental effect.
     David Main, lecturer at the University of Bristol,        This very successful and thought provoking day
     began by asking what was being achieved in terms
     of animal welfare education. He was of the
     opinion that welfare education should be about
     more than good husbandry and clinical practice
     but should be enmeshed in the veterinary
     curriculum from first to final year. Dr Jennifer        ABOVE
                                                             Leading the way: Kate Kerr, chairman of BVA AWF trustees addresses delegates
     Duncan, lecturer at the University of Liverpool,        at the Divisional Representatives Day 2005
     looked at teaching methods, the structure, the
     strengths and the weaknesses of the veterinary
     curriculum. Dr Dorothy McKeegan, lecturer at the        was concluded with a reception on the terrace of
     University of Glasgow, took the delegates through       the House of Commons. The reception was hosted
     a research proposal which the lecturers were            again this year by the Rt Hon Dr Gavin Strang MP
     developing collaboratively.                             and the trustees are grateful for his continued
        The final discussion of the day was given over to    support. The reception gives divisional
     the divisional representatives who explored animal      representatives, trustees, representatives from
     rights in less familiar and exotic species. Michael     other welfare organisations and parliamentarians
     Fielding, British Veterinary Zoological Society         the opportunity to mingle and discuss the day’s
     (BVZS), gave a presentation entitled ‘Animal Rights     events in impressive surroundings.
     in an Exotic Environment’ during which he                 Divisional Representatives Day 2005 generated a
     explored the origins of animal rights. John Fletcher,   renewed enthusiasm and confidence in the events
     Veterinary Deer Society (VDS), looked at deer           future potential. Reaction from the delegates was
     welfare in terms of the Animal Welfare Bill. He         overwhelmingly positive and trustees are
     warned that as deer numbers had doubled in the          determined to build on the success of this year’s
     last 50 years there was a danger that they might        event in 2006.

     Sponsoring debate at BVA Congress 2005
     Over the past years BVA AWF has sponsored an            beneficial for the Foundation to be associated
     animal welfare debate at BVA Congress. In 2005          with this event. The BVA AWF benefits by
     the Foundation sponsored a session entitled             association, but the Congress also provides an
     ‘Only Pets and Horses’ which examined DEFRA’s           ideal opportunity to showcase the Foundation’s
     pet travel scheme. As BVA Congress is a                 achievements and distribute educational and
     significant event in the veterinary calendar it is      promotional material.

10                              debate
Funding research projects

The BVA AWF aims to fund research projects and
events which will have a practical and positive
effect on animal welfare.
  Applications for funding may now be made
online via the grants and funding section of the
BVA AWF website. A subgroup of the trustees
has devised a set of guidelines for applicants for
funding; these are also available on the website.
That same subgroup, conscious of the need to
make best use of the Foundation’s resources,
also devised a scoring system for assessing
applications for funding. It is envisaged that this
system will be fully operational in 2006.

Garden bird health
and welfare

The projects funded by the Foundation are
predominantly companion and large animals
based. The trustees are continuing to support
long term projects for the welfare of cats. For       ABOVE
                                                      Wildlife watch: in early 2005 BVA AWF’s
example, the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) BVA         trustees agreed to fund the Institute of Zoology’s
AWF supported study into osteoarthritis and           three-year Garden Bird Health Initiative

pain management is into its second year as is the
Cat Welfare Trust/Liverpool Universities study of
the debilitating but little understood condition
chronic stomatitis.                                   Laminitis
   However, the trustees are also interested in the
welfare of wildlife and early this year agreed to
support a piece of research which will be             Laminitis is an extremely common and painful
overseen by the Head of Wildlife Epidemiology         condition with major welfare implications for
at the Institute of Zoology. He and his team will     horses. The trustees are therefore pleased to
be supported by the BVA AWF over the three-           support the British Equine Veterinary Association
year term of their Garden Bird Health Initiative      (BEVA) in their major practice based study of the
(GBHi). The GBHi will create an integrated            condition. The trustees also made a commitment
surveillance system to record and investigate         to a further research project on laminitis based at
causes of garden bird mortality associated with       the University of Edinburgh. This project aims to
their feeding. Ultimately the results of the study    asses the different types of pain suffered by
will be used as the basis for the development of      laminitic horses and, in keeping with the
guidelines for the general public on feeding          Foundation’s objective to support projects that
garden birds – clearly in line with the               will have a practical effect on the welfare of
Foundation’s mission to improve the welfare of        animals, develop more effective strategies for
all animals through veterinary science.               treatment.

                                                          Veterinary science                                11
               Finances and accounts

                                                       Other income
                                                 Income                                               Items included in charitable expenditure
                                                                                                      I BVA AWF welfare lectureships             £394,548
                                                     Legacies                       48%
                                                     Investments                    27%               I Cat Welfare Trust investigation
                                                       Investments                                      into chronic stomatitis in cats           £36,000
                                                     Fundraising                    22%
                                                                                                      I BEVA veterinary practice based
                                                     Donations                      2%                  study on laminitis in horses              £20,000
                                                     Other income                   1%
                                                                                                      I University of Edinburgh: research
                                                                                                        project on laminitis in horses            £20,000
                                                 Total income: £190,939
                           2005                                                                       I Institute of Zoology: Garden Bird
                                                                                                        Health Initiative                         £19,500

Legacies                                               Cost of generating funds
                                                                                                      I BVA AWF Divisional

                                                                                                        Representatives Day                       £12,145

                                                                                                      I Final-year student seminar,
                                                     Charitable expenditure         82%
Donations                                             Charitable                                        Lancaster                                  £9,650
                                                     Generating funds               11%
Fundraising                                                          Other income                     I Taking your pets abroad leaflet            £2,661
                                                     Administration                 7%
Other income                                                         Donations                        I Pets and poisons leaflet                   £1,157
                                                Total expenditure: £678,817                           I Every dog should have a
                                                                                                        tail to tell...poster                      £1,098
               Income                                          Legacies

               In 2005 income totalled £190,939 representing a                            generation of funds and includes the cost of sponsoring
               decrease of 3 per cent on 2004. The main source was                        the BVA AWF journal, you&your vet, placing adverts in
               again from legacies, totalling over £91,000, the majority                  various legacy journals, the use of a legacy agent, the
               of which was a bequest from Olive Kinson. Since income                     relaunch costs of the BVA AWF’s website and the
               from this source is not guaranteed the BVA AWF relies                      stockbroker fees for managing the investment portfolio.
               on its investment portfolio and cash reserves to generate                  The BVA AWF also sponsored a number of veterinary
               a steady source of income and during 2005 there was                        congresses where there was a welfare theme.
               over £51,000 income derived from dividends and                                There is a significant amount of work entailed in the
               interest, representing 27 per cent of the BVA AWF’s total                  running and management of the work of the
               income.                                                                    Foundation and the balance of the expenditure relates
                  An increase in promotional activities led to a rise in the              to staff and trustee costs as well as the legal costs
               level of income raised from fundraising and donations,                     connected with the land developments of the Norman
               including amounts derived from the BVA AWF-                                Hayward Fund.
               sponsored journal you&your vet, to £46,000. The
               balance of income relates to monies received from the                      Reserves
               Norman Hayward Fund land, included within Other                            After allowing for movements in the investment
               Income.                                                                    portfolio, the BVA AWF’s reserves decreased during
                                                                                          2005 by £428,324 to a year end total of £881,071. The
               Expenditure                                                                reduction in reserves was due in the main to the
               Total expenditure for the same period more than                            Foundation spending legacies received in previous years.
               doubled to a total of £678,817 for the year. This was                      Future commitments to charitable grants will be
               due to a significant increase in charitable expenditure                    restricted for exceptional items only to allow reserves to
               due to the remainder of the full four-year funding                         build up again to over £1 million. The trustees also
               commitment of the three BVA AWF lectureships at the                        expect to receive significant sums from the Norman
               veterinary schools in Bristol, Glasgow and Liverpool,                      Hayward Land in the near future as well.
               financed in the main from the Molley MacGarvey legacy,
               being included in the 2005 accounts. In addition to the                    Accounts
               lectureships the trustees awarded a number of other                        This summary is taken from the audited accounts for the
               grants for educational and research projects. The main                     year ending 31 December 2005, approved by the
               items of charitable expenditure are summarised below.                      trustees for submission to the Charity Commission. The
                  Eleven per cent of expenditure relates to the                           full set of accounts is available on the BVA AWF website.

12                                         Finances
how you can                                                                                               becoming a
help to improve                                                                                           supporter
animal welfare                                                                                            If you would like to support our work then please complete the
                                                                                                          form below and return it to:

                                                                                                          BVA AWF, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ

our work                                                                                                    1. Your details

The principal aim of the BVA AWF is to apply the
knowledge, skill and compassion of veterinary
surgeons in an effective way by funding a variety
of projects and activities. Through veterinary                                                             Surname:
science, education and debate we are
committed to finding practical solutions to the                                                            Address:
health and welfare problems of animals. The
trustees of the Foundation are all veterinary
surgeons and so are ideally placed to identify
appropriate projects to fund in the interests of
animal welfare. The Foundation is funded
entirely by voluntary contributions, including
legacies, and so we are reliant on the generosity
of the public to continue our practical and                                                                 2. Your donation (please delete as appropriate)
professional approach to improving animal
welfare.                                                                                                    I a) I enclose a cheque/postal order in the sum of £
                                                                                                              b) I have completed the standing order form below

                                                                                                            3. Gift Aid

donations and gift aid                                                                                      This allows us to reclaim the tax payable on your donations

                                                                                                            I Please treat all my donations until further notice as Gift Aid. I
                                                                                                               confirm I pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax
We are very grateful for the donations that we                                                                 at least equal to the tax that BVA AWF will reclaim on my
receive, they are essential if we are to continue                                                              donations in the tax year.
the work that we do in the interests of animal
                                                                                                                    (please tick here if you would like us to do this).
welfare. If you are already an AWF supporter we
hope that you will continue your commitment, if
you are not already a supporter then we hope                                                                4. Your bank details (for regular donations)
you will consider making a regular donation by
completing the standing order form which is
                                                     a lasting testimonial                                  Bank name:

attached to the back cover of this report. Please                                                           To the Manager:
remember that the Gift Aid scheme adds tax           Legacies are a vital source of funding for the BVA     Branch address:
relief to your donations. For every £1 you give,     AWF. As a charity we derive almost 70 per cent
the Government will add 28p from your taxes. It      of our income from legacies, allowing us to
doesn’t cost you anything and when you make a        invest in improving the welfare of animals. In
declaration, all your future donations will be       fact it was thanks to a generous bequest from
topped up with Gift Aid.                             Colleen McLeod in 1983 that the BVA was able           Postcode:
                                                     to establish the BVA AWF.
                                                       Making a Will is the best way to ensure that         Account number:
                                                     your friends and family have what they need            Branch sort code:

 become                                              when you are no longer there for them. It also
                                                     gives you a wonderful opportunity to remember          Pay to: Coutts & Co, Strand (18-00-02 a/c 59615210)
                                                     organisations, like the BVA AWF, whose work
 a supporter                                         you admire. Remembering the Foundation in
                                                     your Will is one of the most effective ways you
                                                                                                            The sum of.....................every month/quarter/year with effect
                                                                                                            from........../........../..........until further notice.

                                                     can help us continue our work to improve the           THIS CANCELS ANY EXISTING INSTRUCTION TO THE PAYEE
                                                     welfare of animals.
 If you would like to support our work then please
                                                       For more information please telephone 020
 complete and return the form on the right.
                                                     7636 6541, contact or see             Signature:                                    Date:
                                                     our website at:
                                                                                                                                Registered charity: 287118
Funded entirely by voluntary
contributions, including legacies,
the BVA AWF relies on your
generosity to continue its practical
and professional approach to
improving animal welfare.

If you would like to know more
about our work please call us on:
020 7636 6541 or visit:

British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF)
7 Mansfield Street

Tel:     020 7636 6541
Fax:     020 7436 2970

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