Changing Lives Improving Life
5th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level
August 8-11, 2011 | University of Guelph


1. Choosing the right measures, choosing the good measures – Lessons learned from new and existing welfare assessment schemes
Linda Keeling – Professor of Animal Welfare, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Measuring Up to Expectations: The Use of Animal Outcome Indicators in Welfare Assessment
Cheryl O'Connor - Programme Manager, Animal Welfare Group, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Wellington New Zealand: Lessons Learnt from Implementing Animal Welfare Standards in New Zealand

2. Farm animal welfare assessment and sustainability - Connecting social and environmental aspects of measuring welfare
Frank Mitloehner - Associate Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis: The Nexus of Environmental Quality and Welfare

3. Our experience beyond the farm – animal welfare assessment for zoos, laboratories and animal shelters
Nadja Wielebnowski - VP of Conservation Science, Chair of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Animal Welfare Committee, Chicago Zoological Society: Welfare Assessment in Zoo Animals; Past, Present, and Future
Kathryn Bayne - Global Director of Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International, Frederick, Maryland: Assessing Welfare in the Laboratory Animal Environment

4. Working with end-users of animal welfare schemes
Andy Butterworth - Senior Research Fellow, Clinical Veterinary Science, Bristol University and Animal Welfare Training Group member: Applying Welfare in Commercial Settings - Training, Tech Transfer, and Support for Adoption of Welfare Changes Within the Industry
Mike Siemens - Leader, Animal Welfare and Husbandry, Cargill Animal Protein: Use of independent Third Party Remote Video Auditing to Enhance Animal Welfare Programs at Slaughter Facilities and on Farms

5. Welfare assessment during transport, euthanasia, slaughter (Including mass euthanasia for disease eradication)
Temple Grandin, Professor, Colorado State University: Setting up and Implementing Effective Animal Welfare Audits
Lotta Berg, Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Monitoring Farm Animal Welfare during Euthanasia for Disease Eradication Purposes

6. New and emerging methods for animal welfare assessment
Jeff Rushen – Researcher, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, Agassiz, British Columbia: Automated Monitoring of Animal Welfare Indicators
Rupert Palme – Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences/Biochemistry, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria: Non-invasive Measures of Stress for Monitoring Animal Welfare; Possibilities and Limitations