AWF appoints four trustees to board

The Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) has announced the appointment of four “leading” veterinary surgeons and animal welfare scientists to its board of trustees.

Romain Pizzi and Justine Shotton, both wildlife and zoo animal specialists, will join equine vet Deidre Carson and biologist Charlotte Burn on the AWF board. They join the nine current members on the board.

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Together 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”. 

Carson said: “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.”

Shotton, who is the veterinary services manager at Marwell Zoo, 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.” 

Shotton added: “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.”  

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 (BVA), the leading representative body for vets in the UK.

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