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.    
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Monday, May 14 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
What can be done to make kangaroo harvesting more humane?

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For over 50 years, kangaroos have been harvested commercially in Australia for their meat and skin and the practice is often the subject of much controversy. However, the animal welfare implications—particularly the impacts on dependent young—have not been extensively studied. In this presentation, I will give an overview of my research to investigate the effects of harvesting on kangaroo young and ways to potentially reduce animal suffering. I used a multidisciplinary approach—that included aspects of animal behaviour, physiology and human social psychology—to evaluate euthanasia methods for pouch young; determine the short-term impacts of maternal separation on young-at-foot; study the attitudes and behaviour of kangaroo harvesters; and understand the Australian publics’ perceptions of kangaroo management. I will discuss how the results from this research can be used to directly improve the humaneness of current kangaroo harvesting practices and guide communication with the public about the animal welfare impacts of harvesting and other forms of management.


Monday May 14, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre