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 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Misbehaving or misunderstood? Addressing problems with horse behaviour and human safety

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With the rise in horse ownership and equestrian activities, comes an increase in the risk of equine related accidents, alongside concerns over the welfare of horses, particularly as a result of the impact of training and riding techniques and equipment and the expectations people have of their horses. Resultant equine behavioural problems are a problem not only for the rider/handler but also for the horse. There are serious human safety issues related to the way in which horses respond behaviourally when stressed or in pain that need to be addressed. Recent surveys show that equine vets are at the highest risk of injury of all the civilian professions, and accidents involving horse riders/handlers, are far too common. There is, therefore a need to address both horse and handler welfare through better educating the human about why horse behavioural responses occur, how to avoid behavioural conflict situations, and what to do if the horse develops a problem behaviour.

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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 →

Thursday May 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Mezzanine M3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre