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By Hege Saebjornsen, Sustainability Manager

Animal welfare charity appoints four leading UK vets and scientists as trustees

British Veterinary Association

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Four of the UK’s leading veterinary surgeons and animal welfare scientists have been appointed to the board of trustees of the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF), the vet-led charity has announced.


Wildlife and zoo animal specialists Romain Pizzi and Justine Shotton; equine vet Deidre Carson; and biologist Charlotte Burn join 9 other experts on the AWF board. As trustees, they will play a key role in ensuring that AWF continues to improve animal welfare by funding research, supporting veterinary education and encouraging debate on animal welfare issues. 

Former British Equine Veterinary Association president and Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons associate partner Deidre Carson commented:

“I am passionate about animal welfare, conservation and biodiversity and believe that vets should be leading the way in improving the way animals and our environment are managed.  I am looking forward to working with other enthusiastic and knowledgeable people to progress the work of AWF and to see the results of those efforts.”

Dr Shotton, Veterinary Services Manager at Marwell Zoo and a locum vet at VetsNow, said:

“I believe that AWF can make a real and positive difference to the lives of millions of animals, and I want to be a part of that. I’m looking forward to being able to contribute my skills and experience to help progress our understanding of animals to better improve their welfare. I’m also looking forward to engaging in debate around animal welfare issues in order to identify ways forward with initially complex and challenging issues.”  

Welcoming the new trustees, AWF Chair of Trustees Chris Laurence said:

“I am delighted to welcome Romain, Justine, Deidre and Charlotte to the AWF board. They bring with them an enormous range of knowledge, skills and expertise, which will be critical to helping us advance our mission and continue to fund quality research, support veterinary education and encourage debate on animal welfare issues.” 

AWF is supported by the British Veterinary Association, the leading representative body for vets in the UK.

To find out more about AWF, click here.

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