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.
Monday, May 14 • 9:15am - 10:15am
The companion animal conundrum: Different values lead to different welfare challenges

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Unrealistic expectations, conflicts and intolerances of humans towards animals often lead to welfare issues for both and this is well illustrated in the case of companion animals. With increasing numbers of dogs and cats living in close proximity with humans, there are always concerns regarding injury to the public, as well as the spread of zoonotic diseases such as toxoplasmosis and rabies. In addition to such health issues for humans, are rising concerns about the physical and psychological health of individual animals. In this presentation I will explore the conflicts and challenges related to the human - companion interaction in different parts of the world, and the role that Science can play in helping to address inconsistencies in practice.

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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 9:15am - 10:15am
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre