Hartpury University lecturer appointed as Trustee for National Animal Welfare Trust

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Ben Brilot, Associate Head of Department, Animal and Agriculture, at Hartpury University, has been appointed as a trustee for the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT).

The Trust is one of the UK’s top animal welfare charities. Initially founded by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection in 1958, it became an independent charity in 1971 and now operates five rehoming centres across the south of England: in Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Essex and Hertfordshire.

Ben will join several members on the Board of Trustees and will assist his fellow volunteers with ensuring the charity continues to utilise donations wisely and remains fit for purpose for the animals and people it serves.

The Board is made up of individuals from a range of backgrounds including marketing, financial services and accounting, project management, and health and safety. Ben’s expertise in animal behaviour and welfare will be extremely useful as part of discussions around animal rehoming and wellbeing.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the Board of Trustees at the National Animal Welfare Trust. I really admire their desire to be innovative in how they support the animals in their centres, but also in how they aim to support owners in providing the best care for their pets.” said Ben.

“As a passionate believer in the importance of animal welfare, I look forward to hopefully making a positive contribution drawing on my experience of animal behaviour and welfare science, to help the charity continue to meet its objectives,” he added.

Both staff and students at Hartpury are actively encouraged to participate in industry activities that support their professional development while also having a positive real-world impact.

Hartpury University offers a range of college, undergraduate and postgraduate animal programmes, many with a strong specialism towards behaviour and welfare.

The BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare has been designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the science behind animal behaviour, enabling them to apply this to real-world situations and ethical issues.

At the next level of study, an MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme explores ethics, contemporary issues in animal welfare science, and advances in animal behaviour. The aim being to produce well-rounded individuals ready for commercial or charitable employment, leadership and management.

Hartpury University made an impressive league table debut in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, ranking highly in areas including Teaching Quality and Student Experience.

Hartpury has also been ranked number one in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (full-time students, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021).

Photo: Marley, who is currently waiting to be rehomed at NAWT Cornwall

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