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Understanding behaviour to inform animal husbandry

Nienke van Staaveren is a postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. She obtained her PhD in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin and Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, focusing on pig health and welfare. In 2017, she joined the lab of Dr. Alexandra Harlander to work on an epidemiological study on feather pecking in Canadian laying hens, and has recently joined the lab of Dr.

Prevention and treatment of injurious aggression in male laboratory mice

Jamie Ahloy Dallaire is Assistant Professor of livestock behaviour and welfare in the Department of Animal Science at Université Laval in Quebec City. During his postdoc in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University, he worked toward improving laboratory animal welfare and the validity of biomedical animal research. He will be discussing recent projects on aggression and related injuries in group-housed male mice, one of the most prevalent and serious issues affecting the health and welfare of this species.

OVC Animal Welfare Forum

Featuring: Can the problem of puppy mills be better addressed by establishing high welfare standards for dogs in commercial breeding kennels? Dr. Candace Croney, Purdue University Large brains in small tanks: The welfare of captive cetaceans, Dr. Lori Marino, President, Whale Sanctuary Project

Seminar: Birds of Prey Welfare

Hosted by the CCSAW Student Chapter and Delivered by Wild Ontario, this seminar will provide information about welfare and animal care practices for birds of prey that are in captivity at Wild Ontario. Wild Ontario is a University of Guelph affiliated organization that promotes biology, ecology, ornithology, conservation education, and stewardship in a manner that everyone can understand and appreciate.

Don't be a super hero, be a uniter How social capital is rewriting how we think about companion animal welfare

Join us for a seminar by Dr. Roger Haston, President of the Institute for Animals. With nearly 20 years' experience in animal welfare, including his roles as Executive Director at the Animal Assistance Foundation and Chief Analytics Officer at PetSmart Charities, Dr. Haston has become an internationally recognized leader in data, trends, metrics and analytics conveyed through impactful and approachable storytelling.     

Laboratory rodent housing: expression of natural behaviours and improved welfare

Joanna Makowska is an Adjunct Professor in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia, and Laboratory Animal Advisor at the Animal Welfare Institute. She obtained her PhD from the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia, where her work focused on laboratory rat housing and how it affects rat welfare. Joanna is passionate about understanding what different animals need and how best to provide them with a life worth living.

15th International Equitation Science Conference

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Put the dates of August 19-21, 2019 into your calendar for the 15th Annual Equitation Science Conference being held at The University of Guelph!

Are we smart enough to know how smart pigs are? Implications for daily practice!

Dr. Kees Scheepens, Founder & Owner of international veterinary consultancy and creator of "Pig Signals" delivered this talk. As the most intelligent farm animal, the pig is able to adapt to many different environments and treatments. Producing high quality pork nowadays also encompasses taking into account their intrinsical behavioural needs.

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