Students present research at Animal Welfare Conference

May 2021

Image for press release - Writtle University College student Sam Osborn and horse in stable

Writtle University College (WUC) students are celebrating their success. Undergraduates and postgraduates presented ground-breaking research at the fifteenth Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Conference.  

The virtual event took place in May 2021 and was hosted by Brooksby Melton College, with participants from WUC, Hartpury and Moulton College. WUC students shared their latest findings on a range of topics, including rewilding beavers in Essex, training horses to reduce stress in veterinary procedures and water sanitisation for growing pigs. 

Sam Osborn (supervised by WUC lecturer Rosa Verwijs) was awarded a commendation for her outstanding presentation, "Co-operative care protocol using protected contact and positive reinforcement to facilitate intra-muscular injections in horses (simulated)".

The conference supported the UFAW's ongoing aim to work with the animal welfare science community to develop and promote improvements in the welfare of animals through scientific and educational activity.

WUC lecturer Dr Jonathan Amory said: "Once again Writtle students demonstrate their research excellence and commitment to animal welfare. With rewilding species to farm animal health alongside practical solutions for equine owners, Writtle is again putting science into practice".