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NFWS Mission Statement
  1. To promote the well-being of ferrets through articles written and published by the NFWS, veterinarians and ferret specialists world wide
  2. Offer/provide advice on a variety of ferret subjects from common illnesses, nutrition, sanitation, interaction, ferret safety and the advisability of breeding.
  3. Promote the on-going liaison with veterinarians and all medical organisations and agents associated within the 'ferret world' with the aim of raising the general awareness of ferret health and ferret needs.
  4. Advise and educate ferret owners, clubs etc., on their basic responsibilities towards ferrets on such diverse subjects as when considering breeding ferrets and when working ferrets in vermin control. The list is large!
  5. To promote confidence in ferret owners to approach the NFWS and/or veterinarians to seek advice when their ferret's health and behaviour causes concern.

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If you've arrived at this page seeking the NATIONAL FERRET WELFARE SOCIETY, NFWS in abbreviated form, then you've arrived at the right place.

Most pages have been updated, but if you notice an error please let us know. Meanwhile some useful contact details are set out below.

  • President: Mick Quelch Tel: 07787 506 384 Email
  • Chairman: Paul Tripp Tel: 07903 390 980
  • Secretary: Sally Tripp Tel: 07903 390 980 Email
  • Treasurer: Sue Nickells Tel: 01256 320 676 / 07928 529 213 Email
  • Newsletter Editor: Mick Quelch (see above)
  • Facebook Editor: Sally Tripp - see above under Secretary
  • PR:
  • Membership Secretary: Derek Harding, 17 Summerfield Close, Wokingham, Berks RG41 1PH Tel: 0118 979 1260 Email
  • Site admin Email

Latest News:


    It has come to the attention of the NFWS there are changes afoot in animal legislation for England. The Animal Welfare Act 2018, , comes into force on the 1st October 2018. The NFWS is looking into the ramifications of this legislation regarding clubs, organisations and individuals. Some individuals may need licences, if trading income is over £1,000 per financial year (Not profit but trading income).

    For example, if you breed ferrets for sale (classed as a business) then you may well go over this £1000 limit and so need a licence. It may be possible that any one of you will need licences.

    Section 6 Part 10 is where most of you may be affected. You will need to contact your local Authority Licensing Team, to check where you fall within these new guidelines. You do need to check.

    If you would like to contact us with your Local Authority decision that would be great, as of course NFWS members are spread across England. We can then pass on the relevant information to your fellow members, or if needed lobby for a rethink.

    DEFRA have also issued the following guidance notes:- The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 , Guidance notes for conditions for keeping or training animals for exhibition, July 2018

    Please note that the Regional Governments for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may issue their own legislation on this topic.

  • NFWS membership fees for 2019 :

    UK membership the subscription for 12 months is £12.00 for Individual members, £18.00 for Family membership and £7.00 for Junior (under 16 years).

    Affiliate membership Organisations with 1 - 25 members £35.00 plus £13.00 for every extra 25 members or part thereof.