The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Wednesday, May 16 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Managing the behaviour of dogs and cats to improve their welfare

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Gone are the days when the use of physical and / or psychological punishment to manage “undesirable” behaviours of dogs and cats is something that is acceptable to most of the community. Now understanding why dogs and cats do what they do is what owners not only want, but need, to know. The 3 M plus 1 approach is now used to manage the behaviour of pets that owners wish to modify. All four aspects need to be addressed in order to improve their welfare. Most importantly punishment, whether physical or psychological, does not improve the animal’s welfare. There are better ways to manage dog and cat behaviour to help them live in harmony with their owners. The pros and cons of managing behaviour using reward and / or punishment based methods will be discussed.


Kersti Seksel

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service
After graduating from Sydney University as a veterinarian Kersti completed a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a MA (Hons). She is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a Diplomate... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Mezzanine M3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre