header image

Day Two

Theme: Understanding Animal Welfare
Keynote address:
Animal welfare: future knowledge, attitudes and solutions (Donald Broom)


Animal cognition

Measuring cognition and emotion of animals to understand their welfare (Caroline Lee)

Phylogeny of cognitive development and the capacity to suffer (Peter Davie)


Biology and technology 

Staying good while playing God (Peter Sandoe)

The biology of euthanasia and humane slaughter (David Adams)


Quality of life 

Does distress matter? (Judy Macarthur Clark)

Quality of life: a valuable concept or an unnecessary embellishment when considering animal welfare (David Mellor)


Animal welfare education 

Animal welfare education and training - more of the same or moving forward?  (Heather Yeatman)

International benchmarking study of animal welfare education and training 2008  (Mal Brown)


Animal behaviour

The learnt phenotype:physiological, behavioural and immunological adaptation to environmental stimuli (Ian Colditz)

Can we use behaviour to measure animal welfare (Trish Fleming)

Risk analysis to measure animal welfare (Michael Paton)


Animals and community

Culminating compassion without creating chaos - community expectations exceeding current agricultural practice standards (Di Evans)

Working towards the teaching of animal welfare in veterinary faculties internationally (Kate Blaszak)

Pets and human health (Bruce Headey)



Abnormal human-animal relationships (Kersti Seksel)

Australia asks 'Who's for cats?' (Carole Webb)

Making sustainable improvements in remote indigenous communities (Julia Hardaker)


Animal welfare education

Animal ethics in Australian education - a research study (Joy Verrinder)

Teaching evidence based animal welfare in NSW schools (Sally Bannerman)

One of the family - the case for kindness (Robyn Kippenberger)