Animal Welfare Trust

The AVA Animal Welfare Trust (AWT) was established by the veterinary profession to fund research and education programs which make a positive and significant difference to animal welfare.

The Trust is administered by voluntary Trustees, each a veterinarian with expertise in and active commitment to, the welfare of all animals. Trustees identify areas of real need and support research with a real chance of making a positive difference to animals.

The role of the Trust is to:

  • support research to improve animal welfare
  • support education projects to improve animal-care standards
  • distribute current welfare information
  • stimulate public interest in animal welfare
  • raise funds for these purposes

AVA Members can support the Trust by:

  • making the voluntary contribution when renewing their membership
  • making a donation or bequest
  • advertising the work of the Trust by having AWT leaflets in their waiting rooms and included in sympathy cards
  • becoming an AWT sponsor by making a regular contribution

Previous research funded by the AWT includes 'solutions to the cat overpopulation problem' and 'behavioural signs and stress management in cattle'.

Each year a worthy project is selected from applicants to receive funding of up to $10,000.

The AVA Animal Welfare Trust represents the AVA in action in improving animal welfare.

The current AWT Chair is Dr Tanya Stephens BVSc MANZCVS (Animal Welfare) MSc IAWEL (Edinburgh).

Our current leaflet can be found here.

To make a donation to the trust complete the donation form and return it to:  
Australian Veterinary Association
Animal Welfare Trust
PO Box 4257
Kingston ACT 2604

For more information contact the trust on 02 6273 0064 or at


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