Communications/
Scientific Meetings

2011

July

Animal welfare drivers and assessment

Jackie Healing, Head of Quality, Policy and Governance, Coles Supermarkets
Customer insights - how customers make purchasing decisions and what that has meant for Coles in terms of animal welfare initiatives and how we communicate them. Presentation
 
Grahame Coleman, Animal Welfare Science Centre, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University
Monitoring stockpeople attitudes and their relationship with animal welfare. Presentation
   
Ellen Jongman, Animal Welfare Science Centre, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
Welfare assessment of dairy cows and how it may be used to benchmark their welfare. Presentation
 
Kirsty Richards, Chris Richards & Associates
Welfare QA (PigCare) in the Australian pork industry - does it deliver? Presentation

Video Presentations can be found at http://www.vimeo.com/awsc

 

February

Animal welfare research indicators and welfare outcome indicators on farm and at slaughter

Don Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge

Presentation

Video Presentations http://www.vimeo.com/awsc

 

2010

November

Animal Welfare Symposium - The Ohio State University

Presentations

 

October

Australian Poultry Welfare Research Seminar

Abstracts

Presentations

Video Presentations http://www.vimeo.com/awsc

 

September

Alternative Farrowing Systems - identifying the gaps in knowledge

Abstracts

Presentations

Video Presentations http://www.vimeo.com/awsc

 

Alistair Lawrence Bureau of Animal Welfare Presentation

"Animal Welfare Education - why, what and how?"

Video Presentation http://www.vimeo.com/awsc

 

July

AWSC Pig Welfare Seminar

Abstracts

Presentations

Video Presentations http://www.vimeo.com/awsc

 

June

AWSC Student Presentations

Abstracts

Presentations

 

April

Prof David Mellor, Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Massey University, NZ

Wednesday April 14th
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Lecture Theatre, Attwood


Pain & Slaughter presentation

 

February

Building better dogs: using what we've learned about genetic and experiential effects on dog behaviour to improve dog welfare

Please click here for abstracts

Please click here for speaker presentations

 

Thursday February 11th
10.00 - 16.30
Theatre South 1/64, Monash University, Clayton
Speakers: Paul McGreevy (Univ. Sydney), Mike Goddard (Univ Melb), Pauleen Bennett, (AWSC, Monash), Kate Schoeffel (AAPDB) and students of the AWSC

2009

August

Theme: Animal welfare issues and RD&E requirements
Date: Friday 14th August
Speakers:

  • Prof. Grahame Coleman, AWSC, Monash University
  • Dr. Pauleen Bennett, AWSC, Monash University
  • Prof. James Kinder, AWSC, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Prof. Paul Hemsworth, AWSC, The University of Melbourne
  • Assoc. Prof. Andrew Fisher, AWSC, The University of Melbourne
  • Prof. Alan Tilbrook, AWSC, Monash University
  • Dr. Ellen Jongman, AWSC, DPI Victoria

July

Theme: Livestock Handling
Date: Thursday 2nd July
Speaker:

June

Theme: Assessing Animal Welfare
Date: Friday, 26th June
Speakers:

Theme: Dairy Welfare
Date: Friday, 19th June
Speakers:

May

Theme: Hen Welfare
Date: Thursday, 28th May
Speaker:

March

Theme: Pig transport
Date: Wednesday, 11th March
Speaker: Prof. Tina Widowski, University of Guelph, Canada

Presentation: Effects of Handling Procedures and Transport Conditions on Welfare and Meat Quality of Pigs

2008

December

Theme: AWSC Farm Animal Research Planning Day
Date: Friday, 5th December
Proceedings: AWSC Farm Animal Research Planning Day

Presentations:

October

Date: Wednesday, 22 October

Speakers:

August

Theme: Animal Companions for Life
Date: Thursday, 21 August
Proceedings: Animal companions for life

July

Theme: Dairy cow welfare: Solutions for current problems
Date: Tuesday, 8th July
Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm inc afternoon tea (RSVP before 1 July)

Speakers:

May

Theme: Remote sensing
Date: Friday, 9th May
Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm inc afternoon tea (RSVP before 2 May)

Speakers:

March

Theme: Duty of Care
Date: Wednesday, 26th March
Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm inc afternoon tea (RSVP before 17 Mar)

Speakers:

Theme: Livestock export
Date: Monday 3 Marcht 2008
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: DPI Auditorium, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood
Speakers:

2007

December

Theme: AWSC Companion Animal Research
Date: Friday 7 December 2007
Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Location: The University of Melbourne
Speakers: See presentations

November

Theme: Government Agencies’ philosophies, priorities & programs on Animal Welfare
Date: Friday 23 November 2007
Time: 1.45pm – 5.00pm
Location: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood)
Speakers:

September

Theme: Animal Welfare Research Groups’ philosophies, priorities & programs on Animal Welfare
Date: Friday 21 September 2007
Time: 1.45pm – 5.00pm
Location: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood)
Speakers:

Theme: Current Animal Welfare Research at The Ohio State University
Date: Wednesday September 5th
Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
Place: DPI Auditorium, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood
Speakers:

August

Theme: Human-Animal Interaction in the Research Setting
Date: Tuesday 14 August 2007
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Location: DPI Auditorium, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood
Speakers:

July

Theme: Animal Welfare Groups’ philosophies, priorities & programs on Animal Welfare
Date: Friday 13 July 2007
Time: 1.45pm – 5.00pm
Location: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood)
Speakers:

June

Theme: Industries’ philosophies, priorities & programs on Animal Welfare
Date: Friday 8 June 2007
Time: 1.45pm – 5.00pm
Location: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood)

Speakers:

Theme: Preference Testing
Date: Friday 1 June 2007
Time: 9.30am
Location: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood)

Speakers:

March

Theme: Personality
Date: Monday 26 March 2007
Time: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Location: Monash University, Caulfield Campus. 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East 3145. Building H, Room H237

Speakers:

February

Theme: Foetal Awareness
Date: February 7
Time and Place: Conference Room, Dept of Primary Industries, 600 Sneydes Rd, Werribee VIC 3030, 2.00 - 3.30pm.

Speakers:

  • Prof. David Mellor. "Birth and hatching: key events in the onset of awareness in the lamb and chick"

2006

November

Theme: AWSC Cattle Science Meeting
Date: November 21
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Fisher. "Road transport of cattle - effects of journey duration and loading practices"

Theme: AWSC Pig Science Meeting
Date: November 10
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm

Speakers:

  • Bronwyn Stevens. "The welfare of gestating sows in conventional stalls & in large groups on deep litter"
  • Marcus Karlen. "Injuries in breeding sows"
  • Dr Steve Tate. "National Pig Code - current situation"

Theme: Animal welfare monitoring systems and audits
Date: November 1
Time and Place: Conference Room, Dept of Primary Industries, 600 Sneydes Rd, Werribee VIC 3030, 11 am - 12 noon.

Speakers:

October

Theme: Sheep Welfare in Australia
Date: October 20
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Angus Campbell. "Quantified estimates of risk factors for post-weaning mortality in merinos"
  • Dr. Ralph Behrendt. "Lifetime wool project"

September

Theme: Dairy Cattle Welfare
Date: September 1
Time and Place: Monash University Caulfield, Room F2.01. 1.30pm-4.00pm

Speakers:

  • Dr. Naomi Botheras. "Time Budgets for Dairy Cattle - welfare impacts"
  • Dr. Mariko Lauber. "Behavioural development in dairy calves"

August

Theme: International Developments in Animal Welfare
Date: August 18
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.30pm.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Jim Kinder. "Animal Welfare Developments - research and extension at Ohio State"
  • Dr. Peter Bailey. "Animal Health and Welfare Developments Overseas: Recent USA/UK tour"

July

Theme: Animal Welfare in the extensive Sheep Industries
Date: July 28
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Thompson. 'Lifetime Wool Project'
  • Adele Arnold. 'Mulesing'
  • Angus Campbell. 'McKinnon Project'

June

Theme: Welfare Methodology
Date: June 9
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 12.30pm - 4.30pm.

Speakers:

  • Presentation by Berry Spruijt. "Anticipation cognitive aspects and awareness."
  • Presentation by Paul Hemsworth (ORL project – pigs and poultry). "Welfare methodology – aligning the functional and preference approaches to welfare assessment"

May

Theme: Latest research in the poultry industry (animal behaviour and welfare)
Date: May 6th
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Speakers:

  • Dr John Barnett (Principal Scientist, Department of Primary Industries Victoria). "Welfare of birds in furnished cages"
  • Dr Phil Glatz (Senior Research Scientist, PIRSA, South Australia). "the latest developments in relation to beak trimming"
  • Dr Greg Cronin (Statewide leader, Animal Welfare, Department of Primary Industries Victoria). "an understanding of nesting behaviour"

April

Theme: Pain assessment
Date: April 22nd
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Speakers:

  • Professor David Mellor (Animal Welfare Science, Applied Physiology and Bioethics, Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Massey University, New Zealand). (presentation title to be confirmed).
  • Dr Ross Young (Senior Lecturer - Department of Physiology, Monash University) (presentation title to be confirmed).

March

Theme: Conflict and compatability: issues in animal production in relation to housing.
Date: March 11th
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Speakers:

  • Professor Lee Johnson (QAF Meat Industries) "Animal housing, nutrition, health, welfare and food safety"
  • Professor Kevin Stafford (Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Massey University, New Zealand), "organic farming and animal welfare"

February

Theme: Public perceptions
Date: February 25th
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Speakers:

  • Professor Grahame Coleman (Department Head, School of Psychology, Monash University,) "Public perceptions and animal welfare"
  • Emma Coath (Department of Primary Industries, Food Industry Project Manager, Agribusiness). "Understanding the relative importance of animal welfare as a credence attribute of food products in International markets".
  • Other speaker TBA.

2005

July

Date: July 22nd
Speakers:

May

Theme: Latest research in the poultry industry (animal behaviour and welfare)
Date: May 6th
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Speakers:

  • Dr John Barnett (Principal Scientist, Department of Primary Industries Victoria). "Welfare of birds in furnished cages"
  • Dr Phil Glatz (Senior Research Scientist, PIRSA, South Australia). "The latest developments in relation to beak trimming"
  • Dr Greg Cronin (Statewide leader, Animal Welfare, Department of Primary Industries Victoria). "An understanding of nesting behaviour"

April

Theme: Pain assessment
Date: April 22nd
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.
Speakers:

  • Professor David Mellor (Animal Welfare Science, Applied Physiology and Bioethics, Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre, Massey University, New Zealand).
  • Dr Ross Young (Senior Lecturer - Department of Physiology, Monash University) (presentation title to be confirmed).

March

Theme: Conflict and compatability: issues in animal production in relation to housing.
Date: March 11th
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.
Speakers:

  • Professor Lee Johnson (QAF Meat Industries) "Animal housing, nutrition, health, welfare and food safety"
  • Professor Kevin Stafford (Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Massey University, New Zealand), "Organic farming and animal welfare"

February

Theme: Public perceptions
Date: February 25th
Time and Place: Department of Primary Industries Attwood, (475 Mickleham Road, Attwood) commencing 1.30pm - 4.00pm.
Speakers:


2004

November

Housing and the welfare of gestating sows

September

Dairy cow behaviour, productivity & welfare

Horse Welfare

Special Presentation - Tail docking in dairy cows

July - Welfare assessment

May - Dogs

  • Dr. Pauleen Bennett (Monash University) - "Introduction: dog welfare"
  • Lauren Hemsworth - "Dogs in shelters - effects of the initial 8 day isolation period)"
  • Kevin Kerswell - "Dog morphology, communication and behaviour - studies for PhD)"
  • Linda Marston - "An investigation of factors affecting the success of canine adoptions from animal welfare shelters"

2003

June - Fish

November - Welfare QA and public attitudes to animal welfare

  • Dr. John Barnett (DPI) - "Welfare QA in the pig industry"
  • Professor Grahame Coleman (AWSC, Psychology, Monash University) - "Public attitudes to animal welfare, their influence on the individual and how do we assess them"

2002

January - Dairy Cattle

"Tail-docking and de-horning of dairy cattle"
"Pain relief with these procedures"
"Lameness in dairy cows"

  • Dr.s Jeff Rushen and Anne Marie de Passille, Dairy and Swine R&D Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • David Mellor, Massey University, NZ
  • Dr. Lindsay Matthews, Animal Behaviour and Welfare Centre, Ruakura, NZ
  • Dr. Jacob Malmo, Maffra Vet Clinic

May - Plant toxins and their effects on livestock

"Plant toxins and their effects on animal welfare"

Follow-up information on the Autumn 2002 Perennial Ryegrass Toxicosis - The following information has been provided with the permission of the authors of the articles (Dr Kevin Reed, Dr Katrina Rainsford, Dr Dion Borg and Dr Leo Cummins; Department of Primary Industries, Pastoral and Veterinary Institute, Hamilton, Victoria). We gratefully acknowledge the authors and the Grassland Society of Victoria for allowing us to place this information on the AWC website.


2001

February - Poultry

  • Professor Don Broom (Colleen Macleod Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Cambridge) - "Poultry welfare and other farm animal issues in Europe"
  • Dr. John Barnett (DPI Werribee) - "Changes in the egg industry resulting from the recommendations by the State/Territory Agriculture Ministers"
  • Ms. Meg Parkinson (President of the Victorian Farmers Federation egg group) - "Initiatives in the Victorian egg industry to meet the ARMCANZ recommendations"

March - Companion Animals (Dogs and Cats)

  • Professor Grahame Coleman (Psychology, Monash University) - "Child/companion-animal attachment in families"
  • Dr. Eleonora Gullone (Psychology, Monash University) - "Human and animal abuse: The cruelty connection"
  • Ms. Neva Van de Kuyt (Masters student, University of Melbourne & Bureau of Animal Welfare) - Protocol "Dogs and cats in the community - seeking a better understanding of community attitudes in order to facilitate legislative compliance and development of Government policy and programs"

May

  • Professor John Cooper and Mrs Margaret Cooper (UK) - "Working with wildlife: perspectives of a veterinarian and a lawyer"
  • Dr. Larry Clarke (USDA, National Wildlife Research Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA) - "Cell culture of nociceptors: towards develompent of high through-put screening assays for primary repellents"

June - Companion Animals studied in PhD projects

  • Amanda Kobelt (PhD student, University of Melbourne) - "Behaviour and welfare of dogs in suburban backyards"
  • Andrew McLean (PhD student, University of Melbourne) - "Classical, operant and observation learning in horses: implications for training"
  • Naomi Pearson (Masters student, University of Melbourne and the Bureau of Animal Welfare) - "Protocol - A study of horse ownership, management and welfare in Victoria"

October - Future welfare issues

"Future Welfare Issues""

  • Ms. Glenys Oogjes (Animals Australia)
  • Mr. Richard Hunter (RSPCA)
  • Dr. David Skerman (Meat Livestock Australia)
  • Dr. Stephen Tate (Bureau of Animal Welfare, Victoria)

November - Dog Aggression to humans

Workshop on dog aggression to humans

"Scope of problem in Victoria - what we know about the incidence, characteristics of bites and injuries, demographics and community cost"

  • Karen Ashby (Monash University Accident Research Centre) - Analysis of the Victorian data collected by the MUARC
  • John McCrory (Bureau of Animal Welfare) - Analysis of BAW data on dog bites in public places
  • Russell McMurray (Municipal Association of Victorian) - A council perspective on the scope of the problem

"Causation of dog aggression to humans - Dog characteristics."

  • Kath Champness (University of Melbourne) - Genetics
  • Paul Hemsworth (University of Melbourne & DPI Werribee) - Ontogeny, learning and the immediate environment

"Causation of dog aggression to humans - Human characteristics."

  • Grahame Coleman (Monash University) - Attitudes, personality and demographics
  • Pauline Bennett (Monash University) - Human behaviour

2000

March - Dogs

  • Ms. Neva Van de Kuyt (Bureau of Animal Welfare) - "Dog attacks in public places"
  • Dr Greg Cronin (DPI Werribee) - "A study of the welfare implications of an anti-barking device for dogs"
  • Professor Paul Hemsworth (UofM and AV) - Briefing on two new research projects "The behaviour and welfare of dogs in suburban backyards" and "A preliminary assessment of the welfare of pigs in outdoor pig production"

May - Intensive industries - research

  • Dr John Barnett (DPI Werribee) - "Poultry housing and welfare in Europe"
  • Ms. Rebecca Sargent (PhD student, University of Melbourne) - "Deep litter housing for growing pigs: some of the important components of the system affecting pig behaviour and performance"

July - Research in the dairy and pork industries and the stockperson

  • Dr Ellen Jongman (DPI Werribee) - Proposed ARC project "Pain and induced calving in dairy cows"
  • Current (1999-2001) PRDC Project - "A handling training program for pig handlers at abattoirs"
  • Professor Paul Hemsworth (Agriculture Victoria and University of Melbourne) - "Abattoir stockperson behaviour, pig fear and meat quality"
  • Professor Grahame Coleman (Monash University) - "Attitudes and behaviour of abattoir stockpeople towards pigs"

September - Horses

  • Eva Søndergaard (PhD student, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences) - "Human-horse relationships - factors affecting the relationship and its implication for the horse"

October - Pork, Dog and Layer industries

  • Dr John Barnett (DPI Werribee) - Protocol - "Evaluation of stall dimensions for pregnant female pigs" (Current PRDC project)
  • Paul Hemsworth (Uni Melb and DPI Werribee) - Protocol - "A study of the relative aversiveness of electronic training collars for dogs" (Proposed commercial project)
  • Dr. Steve Tate (Bureau of Animal Welfare) - Report and open discussion on the current status of the Layer Hen Review (ARMCANZ)

November - Dairy industry

"Induced calving in the dairy industry"

  • Dr. Jock Macmillan (Uni Melb) - "Induced calving: situation in the Australian dairy and the future of the practice"
  • Dr. Jakob Malmo (Maffra Veterinary Clinic) - "Effects of induced calving on cow health"
  • Dr. John Morton (Agriculture Victoria) - "Effects of induced calving on cow reproduction"
  • Dr. Onn Ben-David (RSPCA) - "The RSPCA view on induced calving"

 

For information on meetings prior to 2000, contact the Animal Welfare Science Centre

The Animal Welfare Science Centre was established by the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria. The Centre focuses and coordinates the research and academic resources of the three collaborating organisations, providing the animal industries, animal users, the farming community, Government, the general community and the academic community with an internationally competitive research, teaching and training resource in animal welfare.