Looks at Role
of Animal Caretakers
Director of Australia's Animal Welfare Centre
to give OAC's Presant Memorial Lecture
"Does the Animal Caretaker Need to Care?: The
Importance of Human-Animal Interaction for the Welfare of
Farm and Companion Animals" is the topic of this year's
F.W. Presant Memorial Lecture hosted by the Ontario Agricultural
Paul Hemsworth, a professor in the faculty of agriculture,
forestry and horticulture at the University of Melbourne
and director of the Animal Welfare Centre in Australia,
will talk about the growing attention being paid to the
importance of stockpeople on the welfare of farm animals
Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Ontario Veterinary College's Lifetime
Learning Centre cafeteria. The event is free.
Animal welfare audits and training modules for livestock
handlers and truckers are being developed across North America,
says Prof. Tina Widowski, Animal and Poultry Science.
"It's timely to be thinking about stockperson training
and the importance of the stockperson," she says. "Prof.
Hemsworth is well-respected as a researcher in this area
and has been very successful in applying his research knowledge
in training programs for stockpeople."
Hemsworth studies how the social and physical environment
affects the behaviour, productivity and welfare of farm
animals. During the past two decades, his research has emphasized
the importance of stockperson attitudes and their impact
on livestock productivity.
The lecture is being hosted by the Department of Animal
and Poultry Science and the Colonel K.L. Campbell Centre
for the Study of Animal Welfare. The centre is the longest-established
research program in animal welfare in North America, has
more than 50 associated faculty members across campus and
is led by Prof. Ian Duncan, who holds the University's Chair
in Animal Welfare.
The memorial lecture is named for 1923 OAC graduate Fred
Presant, who served as the first chair of the OAC advisory
board and chaired the Board of Regents during the formation
of U of G in 1964. He died in 1996.
Established in 1988, the lecture is supported by the OAC
Alumni Foundation and is held in alternate years. For more
information, contact Janice DeMoor at Ext. 56728 or email@example.com.