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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 • 8:15am - 9:15am
Do animals experience happiness and why does it matter? Research into positive emotions

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Until recently animal welfare assessment traditionally relied on measures of physical health, and changes in behaviour and physiology related to negative emotional states such as pain and stress. However, it is now widely accepted that good welfare is not simply the absence of disease or negative experiences, but also the presence of positive experiences such as pleasure. Understanding what good welfare is, how welfare can be assessed across a range of environments and uses, and what needs to be done to achieve higher welfare, is considered to be a key priority for ensuring the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans. In order to achieve this, we need to be able to develop reliable methods for recognising and assessing positive emotional states and develop a framework for enabling robust judgements to be made.

Speakers
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Nat Waran

Executive Dean and Professor (One Welfare), Eastern Institute of Technology, Te Aho a Māui
Nat gained a first class Zoology degree from Glasgow University, and PhD from Cambridge University’s Veterinary School funded by the British Veterinary Association. She joined Edinburgh University in 1990 to develop a unique PG Masters in the relatively new area of Applied Animal... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:15am - 9:15am
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre