Tools for welfare assessment and the practical application of an assessment
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This year the NZVA Conference includes a number of workshops running on Friday 22 June. This workshop is open to all veterinarians interested or involved in the policy and practice of animal welfare, whether or not you are attending the conference. If you are attending the conference we recommend you register for the workshop during your conference registration.

When: Friday, June 22, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Claudelands Event Centre
Brooklyn Road
Hamilton, Waikato 
New Zealand
Contact: Shannon Leader
04 495 1145

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Practical welfare assessment tools are now widely available for many types of animals. This workshop will examine the types of welfare assessment tools available especially those focusing on the emerging area of positive welfare. The workshop will consider how and why welfare assessment should be embedded into management and assurance processes. Participants will be encouraged to consider what they want out of an assessment tool and to formulate strategies that deliver change in practice. Whilst the primary focus will be on farm animals the concepts will be relevant for all managed animals.

Who should do this course?

All veterinarians who are interested or involved in the policy and practice of animal welfare.

Learning outcomes

  • Ability to assist in the development of a welfare assessment programme that is linked to promoting change in practice


  • Adopt innovative approaches to welfare improvement
  • Learn from colleagues with similar welfare improvement goals
  • Develop a common approach to welfare improvement


David Main
David is a veterinary surgeon and Professor of Production of Animal Health and Welfare at the Royal Agricultural University. Prior to January 2018 he was based at the Bristol Veterinary School. He has research interests in science and practice of knowledge exchange, animal welfare assessment and improvement strategies and animal welfare education. Former member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council, Food Ethics Council and Soil Association Council. Previous initiatives include the AssureWel project, a collaboration with RSPCA and Soil Association that introduced welfare outcomes into certification schemes and the Healthy Feet Project that has been widely adopted by the UK dairy industry. He was also project co-ordinator for Hennovation, an EU H2020 project that investigated the value of participatory approaches to innovation in the laying hen sector.

Ngaio Beausoleil
Ngaio is Associate Professor in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Science and Co-director of the Massey University Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre. Her research employs behavioural and physiological methods to investigate various aspects of animal welfare in both domestic and wild animal species. Major research themes include:
Systematic scientific evaluation of animal welfare; Breathlessness in animals; Humane methods of ‘euthanasia’ and slaughter; Developmental processes, recognition, modulation and alleviation of pain in farm animals; Humane vertebrate pest control; and Welfare impacts associated with wildlife conservation activities.


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