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OVC Animal Welfare Forum (multi-day format) begins Oct 20th!

For the last 20 years, the OVC Animal Welfare Club has put together an annual Forum with speakers addressing the various conceptions of animal welfare. This year the event will be virtual and delivered as short lunchtime seminars every Tuesday from Oct 20-Nov 10 from 12:30-1:30pm. The list of speakers and their topics are below. 

OE3C 2020 Ontario Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution Colloquium

OE3C is student-run and student-focused, aiming to give young researchers the opportunity to practice their communication skills, gain feedback on their work, and network with local experts and peers. Each year, we also host a number of plenary speakers who present their cutting edge research; for 2020, we have Liana Zanette from Western University, Sigal Balshine from McMaster University, Melissa Bateson from Newcastle University, and Scott Taylor from the University of Colorado Boulder scheduled to talk.
Katy Proudfoot

Dairy cow maternal behaviour and maternity pen design, plus livestream

Katy Proudfoot is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. She obtained her MSc and PhD from the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia, where her work focused on the behaviour and housing of cows during the period around calving. Katy will be discussing her research on the maternal behaviour of dairy cows and methods to improve the design of calving areas.

Continuity and Change in Animal Protection Work and Policy

Dr. Kendra Coulter holds the Chancellor's Chair for Research Excellence and is chair of the department of labour studies at Brock University. She is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is the author of Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and the co-editor (with Charlotte Blattner and Will Kymlicka) of Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interpecies Justice? (Oxford University Press, 2020). Dr.

Graduate Student Panel

Are you interested in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and considering graduate studies? 

Understanding behaviour to inform animal husbandry

Nienke van Staaveren is a postdoctoral researcher within the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph. She obtained her PhD in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin and Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, focusing on pig health and welfare. In 2017, she joined the lab of Dr. Alexandra Harlander to work on an epidemiological study on feather pecking in Canadian laying hens, and has recently joined the lab of Dr.

Prevention and treatment of injurious aggression in male laboratory mice

Jamie Ahloy Dallaire is Assistant Professor of livestock behaviour and welfare in the Department of Animal Science at Université Laval in Quebec City. During his postdoc in the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford University, he worked toward improving laboratory animal welfare and the validity of biomedical animal research. He will be discussing recent projects on aggression and related injuries in group-housed male mice, one of the most prevalent and serious issues affecting the health and welfare of this species.

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