RSPCA/BSAS Award for Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare

RSPCA/BSAS Award for Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare

This annual award is for innovative developments in animal welfare. The award is for a person or group whose work has done most to promote the cause of farm animal welfare.

The judges will be looking for advancement in providing one or more the following freedoms:

  • comfort and shelter
  • freedom from hunger and thirst
  • freedom of movement
  • the company of other animals, particularly of like kind
  • the opportunity to exercise most normal patterns of behaviour
  • the prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment of vice, injury, parasitic infestation and disease
  • the avoidance of unnecessary mutilation

The winners receive a trophy and certificate to be retained by the winner.

Nominations must be emailed to Maggie Mitchell, Chief Executive, by 31 December.


Past Recipients

2019 Dr Laura Boyle, Teagasc

In recognition of long standing research into the welfare of dairy cows and pigs and contribution to developing carcass lesions as indicators of animal welfare

2018 Prof Robert Elwood, Queen's University, Belfast

In recognition of the many years of pioneering research in a range of areas and species, in particular on animal personalities, cognitive abilities and the possibility of pain in invertebrates including decapod crustaceans, contributing significantly to the growing and widespread acceptance of such animals as sentient beings.

2017 Directors of The MScs in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and International Animal Welfare, Law and Ethics, University of Edinburgh

In recognition of the long standing impact these programmes have on improving the lives and welfare of farm, companion, research and wild animals

2016 Georgia Mason BSc, PhD

In recognition of work on Abnormal Repetitive Behaviours and species' susceptibility to welfare problems in captivity and what they tell us about the welfare of the individual animal and the use of this new knowledge in translating science into policy and law in a number of countries. 

2015 Michael Mendl MA, PhD(Cantab), BA (Hons)

In recognition of the contribution to research on cognitive bias, cognition and emotion across a number of species and areas of animal use, which in turn has led to better understanding and measurement of animal emotion, personality and social behaviour with associated improvements in welfare in a variety of applied situations.

2014 John Bradshaw BA, PhD

In recognition of long standing contribution and commitment to improving the understanding of companion animal behaviour, particularly dogs and cats, through scientific research, teaching and writing.

2013 Cathy Dwyer BSc, PhD

In recognition of long standing research into the welfare of extensively managed farm animals and substantial contribution to the development of the next generation of animal welfare experts.

2012 David Macdonald, WildCru, UK

For its prolonged and outstanding contribution, under the leadership of Professor David Macdonald  CBE, to the engagement of wildlife conservation with animal welfare, especially through the scientific study of non-lethal control and measures of stress in wild animals.

2011 Malcom Mitchell  BSc, PhD  and Peter Kettlewell FRAgS, FIAgrE, CEng

In recognition of the significant impact their work on live animal transport has made to the understanding and promotion of good animal welfare.

2010 Rachel Casey BVMS, PhD, Dip(AS)CABC, Dip ECVBM-CA

For outstanding contribution and commitment to improving companion animal welfare, particularly in the area of training techniques used to modify the behaviour of dogs

2009 Prof Paul McGreevy BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, MACVS

For significant contributions to research in horse and dog behaviour.

2008 Mohan Raj, BSc, MSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution and commitment to farm animal welfare
science, particularly in the area of stunning, slaughter and killing.

2007 Françoise Wemelsfelder, BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to the assessment of animal welfare through innovative research and development of Qualitative Behaviour Assessment methodology

2006 AW Training, University of Bristol, UK

For outstanding contributions to scientific research, information trasfer and training in the area of farm animal welfare at stunning and slaughter.

2005 Humane Slaughter Association

For outstanding contribution to animal welfare through promoting humane methods of slaughter and reforms in livestock markets and transportation.

2004 Steve C Kestin, BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to farm animal welfare through innovative research, particularly in the areas of broiler health and welfare, and slaughter in fish

2003 Professor David Fraser, BA, PhD

For outstanding contribution to the science philosophy and practice of animal welfare.

2002 Temple Grandin, BA, MS, PhD

For outstanding contribution to raising welfare standards for livestock during handling and transport.

2001 Professor Donald M Broom, MA, PhD, Cantab, Hon DSc

For research, teaching and writing on animal welfare and for his contribution to raising welfare standards through European and UK legislation.

2000 David C Henderson, NCA, BVM&S, MRCVS

For outstanding contribution to farm animal welfare through research, communication with the farming industry, particularly on lamb survival and sheep lameness, the management of research animals and facilities, and service to advisory organisations on animal welfare.

1999 Sandra A Edwards MA, PhD

For outstanding contribution to scientific research in animal welfare, particularly her multi-disciplinary approach to improving the well-being of pigs.

1998 Peter R English BSc, NDA, PhD

For outstanding contribution to the scientific study of farm animal welfare in the areas of devising improved methods of animal care and the training and motivation of stock-keepers.

1997 Miriam Parker

For outstanding contribution to improving the welfare of farm animals at markets, during transport and slaughter.

1996 Paul Hemsworth, BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to animal welfare research.

1995 Alistair B Lawrence, BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to animal welfare research.

1994 Piet Wiepkema

For outstanding contribution, through research and teaching, to farm animal behaviour and welfare and for his work in the developments of theoretical concepts of stress perception.

1993 Ian J H Duncan

For contribution and commitment to improving the welfare of poutlry through research and teaching.

1992 Professor A J F Webster

For contribution and commitment to improving the welfare of farm animals through research and teaching.

1991 Dr Marian Stamp-Dawkins
1990 Dr Neville Gregory

For contribution to the understanding of the science of the preslaughter stunning of animals and its application to the improvement of farm animal welfare

1989 Professor David Wood-Gush