Terms and Conditions


What’s in these terms?

These terms tell you the rules for using Brooke’s Animal Welfare Indicators Repository animalwelfareindicators.thebrooke.org (BAWIR).

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Who we are and how to contact us

animalwelfareindicators.thebrooke.org is a site operated by The Brooke Hospital for Animals (“We” “Our”). We are registered in England and Wales under company number 4119581 and charity number 1085760 and have our registered office at 2nd Floor, The Hallmark Building, 52-56 Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 2BJ.
To contact us, please email info@thebrooke.org or telephone our customer service line on 020 3012 3456 (00 44 203 012 3456 outside the UK).

By using our site you accept these terms

By using our site, you confirm that you have read and accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them.
You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site.
We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

There are other terms that may apply to you

These terms of use refer to the following additional terms, which also apply to your use of our site:


You must keep your account details safe

If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.
We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.
If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at digitalteam@thebrooke.org.

How you may use material on our site

Unless otherwise stated, we are the owner (solely or jointly with another/others) or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You may copy, print, and download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for non-commercial use. You may also draw the attention of others within your organisation to content published on our site.
You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have copied, printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on BAWIR must always be acknowledged and cited according to the reference noted on the said material or document.
You must not use any part of the content or material available on our site for commercial purposes without first obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.
If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our request, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

Disclaimer for use of information from Brooke Animal Welfare Indicators Repository

The content and materials relating to animal welfare indicators published on our site are provided for information only and should not be used to replace or substitute bespoke and context-specific advice from trained animal welfare professionals or examination by a qualified veterinarian in relation to any welfare or health condition affecting any animal. You must obtain professional animal welfare or veterinary advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the information on this BAWIR site.

Use of our materials alone does not suggest capacity for you to carry out clinical assessment or diagnosis without appropriate professional training and/or recognised qualifications. The photographs and illustrations included in the materials are examples and should not be considered as the only representation of any given condition or as diagnostic tools. For the avoidance of doubt, the methods referred to in our materials must only be performed within and according to the legal framework and applicable regulations on animal welfare and veterinary practice of the country you are based and/or operating in and with prior informed consent from the animal’s owner.

The information on our site reflects our research and practise on animal welfare indicators for working equids. The purpose of using animal welfare indicators is to gain information on equine welfare status in a non-invasive manner, to guide welfare improvement activities. Human safety and animal welfare should be prioritised in any human-animal interaction; people and animals involved directly or indirectly in assessing animal welfare must not be put at risk of harm. Handling of animals must be gentle and compassionate at all times, avoiding fear or force, and in accordance with relevant national animal welfare law in the country of operation. If it is not possible to conduct the animal welfare indicators without compromising animal welfare through fear, distress, discomfort, pain, excessive restraint or risk of injury, the interaction must be discontinued. If serious animal welfare compromise or a condition requiring urgent veterinary intervention to prevent animal suffering is observed, professional veterinary support should be sought immediately via the appropriate channels in the country of operation.

Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site and change the content at any time, the information on our site may not reflect the latest developments in animal welfare or veterinary science, particularly in relation to information in our archives. We therefore make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date.

Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you

We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

The authors of the materials on our site cannot be held responsible for any direct or indirect claim, damage, or loss which may occur as a result of a different application or interpretations of the procedures outlined in the animal welfare indicators; any use of the methods and/or information in any way is carried out at your own risk and responsibility.

We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to this BAWIR site or any content on it.

We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, our site; or
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.
    In particular, we will not be liable for:
  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.


How we may use your personal information

We will only use your personal information as set out in our privacy statement.

We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses

You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.
You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

We may make changes to these terms

We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time.

We may make changes to our site

We may update and change our site from time to time to reflect changes to our content, our users’ needs and our business priorities.

We may suspend or withdraw our site

Our site is made available free of charge.
We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our site for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

We may transfer this agreement to someone else

We may transfer our rights and obligations under these terms to another organisation. We will always tell you in writing if this happens and we will ensure that the transfer will not affect your rights under this agreement.

We are not responsible for websites we link to

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them.
We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

Rules about linking to our site

You may link to this BAWIR site, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.
You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.
You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.
Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

If you wish to link to or make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact info@thebrooke.org.

Which country’s laws apply to any disputes?

These terms of use, their subject matter and their formation, are governed by English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction.