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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Thursday, May 17 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Incorporating welfare assessments into decision making in wild horse management

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The management of wild horses in Australia, particularly in NSW and Victoria, is highly contentious. However there is very little known about the population and behavioural ecology, and the welfare of the horses, upon which to base ethical management decisions. Arguments for actively managing wild horses populations more intensively are mainly based on concerns surrounding environmental impacts of the horses, whilst many wild horse advocates argue against more intensive wild horse management on welfare grounds. The welfare of wild horses however has never been formally assessed, and thus the impacts of different management strategies on wild horse populations is unknown. Assessing the welfare of wild horses alongside other metrics like abundance, density, and reproductive rates may help to better inform ethical management decisions, and resolve some of these conflicts. This is exemplified with a case study of one small population of wild horses where their population and behavioural ecology and welfare was very closely monitored over a 17 month period, with findings used to successfully implement a management plan aimed at achieving the optimal welfare outcomes for the horses in addition to meeting other conservation goals.


Thursday May 17, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Mezzanine M3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre