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SO FAR WE HAVE REHOMED HENS

Improving Pet Hen Health

What is the British Hen Welfare Trust?

The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is a UK registered national charity best known for its rehoming work, saving the lives of 60,000 commercial laying hens annually and rehoming them as family pets. Established in 2005 by Jane Howorth MBE the charity also informs consumers about how they can influence hen welfare through their shopping basket, educates school children about the pleasures of hen keeping and promotes the UK egg industry in growing its free-range sector.

The charity has more than 50,000 supporters, 900 volunteers and 12 salaried staff, and its funding comes largely from donations for hens and other fundraising initiatives.

One of the charity’s key strategic aims is to see improvement in veterinary knowledge of pet hens, including diagnosis, management and treatment options.

What we fund

Applications are invited from students wishing to undertake research that will improve and benefit the quality of health, welfare and longevity of pet chickens. We only fund research that will be based in the UK.

Each project, regardless of the size of the grant, will be assessed and rated on whether it is:
• Feasible
• Interesting
• Original
• Ethical
• Relevant

Applicants from vets in practice, who do not have access to an ethical review through a university, are advised to apply for one through the RCVS Ethics Review Panel. Please note that no clinical project will be funded without an ethical review. This will include lab-based research in which samples from live or dead hens are examined.

The RCVS provides further guidance on Recognised Veterinary Practice and Ethical Review as well as information on their Ethics Review Panel.

We are especially interested in receiving applications for studies that will have a rapid and positive impact on the way diseases or other health issues in hens are diagnosed, managed and treated in general practice as well as at a specialist level. However, we welcome any application that will improve or benefit any aspect of pet hen welfare, longevity or wellbeing. It is hoped that any information arising from this research will be disseminated to vets and pet hen owners.

How we fund research

We currently offer two types of grant:

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