CANZ Conference 2021

8:00 AM
5:00 PM

Atura Hotel, Wellington
Companion Animal

'Towards a Good Life'


28-29 October 2021

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concept of a Good Life for animals, a principle that looks beyond 5 Freedoms and 5 Domains.
  • Learn how to identify positive emotions in animals.
  • Discover practical ways to provide a good life to animals.

How will this benefit your work

  • Allow practitioners to communicate future concepts of animal welfare.
  • Learn ways to identify positive emotions in patients (and pass this information to clients).
  • Learn about new developments in the animal training and behaviour industry.


  • Dr Bidda Jones is the Chief Science and Strategy Officer at RSPCA Australia and an Honorary Associate of the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science. For 25 years she has led the development and delivery of evidence-based policy and advocacy services for the RSPCA. A zoologist by training, with a PhD in animal behaviour, her work focuses on improving the welfare of animals in Australian society, across the spectrum of companion animals, animals in sport and entertainment, farm animals and wildlife. Bidda has published over 35 papers, reports and book chapters and represented animal welfare interests on numerous Australian committees and working groups, including currently the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group and the National Horse Traceability Working Group. In June 2021 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to animal welfare science and advocacy.
  • Dr Ngaio Beausoleil is Associate Professor in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Science and Co-Director of the Massey University Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre in the School of Veterinary Science. 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.

·        Conservation welfare (Welfare impacts associated with wildlife conservation activities).

·        Humane methods of ‘euthanasia’ and slaughter.

·        Developmental processes, recognition, modulation and alleviation of pain in farm animals.

·        Humane vertebrate pest control.

  • Dr Erin Jones is both a professional dog behaviour consultant and researcher. She is an Accredited Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Erin is also an Accredited Dog Behaviour Consultant with Companion Animals New Zealand (CANZ).  Erin holds a BSc. in Psychology and Anthropology, a MSc. in Anthrozoology and is currently a PhD candidate and researcher in Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. Her PhD research is looking at the essence of what makes a good life for dogs. More specifically, it focuses on concepts of autonomy, consent and shifting the focus of a healthy relationship and life to one that is less human-centric and more dog-centred. Other current collaborative research includes successful dog adoptions and separation anxiety related behaviours and lifestyle changes due to Covid-19. Erin moved to New Zealand from Canada in 2019. She runs Merit Dog Project, both an educational/research-based resource and one-on-one behaviour consultancy with a focus on the dog-human bond and working with fearful and/or anxious dogs. She also works for the IAABC Foundation as the Education Initiatives Lead and as the Science Content Editor for the IAABC Journal and is the President of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand.

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