Conferences

AWSELVA hosts twice-yearly conferences where delegates can hear leading experts speak on topical animal welfare issues. AWSELVA meetings are characterised by rich discussion and a significant amount of the programme is allocated to debate. The diverse make-up of the Association’s membership ensures that a wide range of perspectives are presented and explored.

26th March 2014

Ethical issues surrounding companion animal obesity, a survey of animal euthanasia and the role of social science in animal welfare were some of the topics explored at AWSELVA's Spring 2014 conference, held at Nottingham Veterinary School.

11th April 2013

There is increasing recognition that the earth's natural boundaries are being pushed to the limit, as the human population continues to grow in a world of finite resources. With a projected doubling in global meat consumption by the middle of the century, how can environmental impacts be minimised and animal welfare assured, as some quarters...

28th November 2012

AWSELVA's Winter Conference featured an exciting range of speakers on topics including pre-natal welfare, welfare at slaughter, legal and ethical considerations around length of life, and euthanasia for humans and animals.

26th June 2012

Is it ethical to use animals for our entertainment? Many sports and leisure activities use animals, but while we may enjoy these activities, the animals may not. What are the welfare implications of using animals for entertainment, how is the welfare of these animals assessed and when might we judge that using animals purely for our entertaiment is unethical? ...

19th November 2011

Leading international speakers, including Professor Peter Sandoe (University of Copenhagen), considered the ethics of animal welfare research and updated on current projects aiming to improve the lives of companion, farmed and other animals around the world.

23rd June 2011

Incorporating a public lecture by Temple Grandin: "Improving Animal Welfare: a Practical Approach".

2nd November 2010

Focussing on the welfare of dairy cows, working animals overseas, animals used in experiments and the affordability of animal welfare-friendly food, experts examined the effects that the difficult economic climate might be having on kept animals.

10th November 2009

Animal welfare policy was the subject of AWSELVA's 2009 autumn conference in London, including speakers from DEFRA and the British Veterinary Association.

29th April 2009

Global issues of animal welfare, climate change and sustainability were amongst the topics discussed by a range of academic and practical speakers including Michael Appleby (WSPA), Kate Rawles (University of Cumbria) and Roland Bonney (Food Animal Initiative).

29th October 2008

Speakers discussed aspects of teaching to school children, agricultural students, veterinary surgeons and nursing students, describing – and demonstrating – novel, IT-based and participatory innovations from around the world.