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Disbudding dairy calves: science from the academy to the farm

Cassandra Tucker is a professor of Animal Science at UC Davis and the director for the Center for Animal Welfare. She has a PhD from the University of British Columbia and has lived and worked in Canada, New Zealand, Denmark and now the US. She uses animal behavior to gain insight into how cattle perceive their world. This information informs best management practices and housing design.

Cat welfare during handling and restraint

Carly Moody is a recent PhD (Epidemiology) graduate from the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. Her PhD research focused on developing and validating methodologies to assess negative cat responses during restraint, then using these validated methodologies to examine cat responses to two contentious restraint methods: scruffing and clips. In February 2019 Carly will start a postdoctoral position with Charles River Laboratories in Montreal, Quebec. 

CCSAW Seminar: From evidence to practice: Mitigating disbudding pain in calves (watch live!)

Dr. Charlotte Winder is Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on improving the health and welfare of ruminant species through primary research, knowledge synthesis, and knowledge translation.  She will be discussing work in the area of pain control for calf disbudding as it pertains to the knowledge-to-action cycle.

CCSAW Seminar: Targeting problems in laboratory mouse welfare and biomedical animal model validity

For this CCSAW Animal Behaviour and Welfare Seminar, Jamie Ahloy Dallaire will speak about: Targeting problems in laboratory mouse welfare and biomedical animal model validity.  Dr. 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 both laboratory animal welfare and the validity of biomedical animal research.

OVC Animal Welfare Forum

The OVC Animal Welfare Forum is an annual event put on by the OVC Animal Welfare Club. The forum is an educational event where speakers come to discuss their particular areas of expertise related to the well-being of animals.

Tickling rats for improved welfare: reviewing research & determining dosage

Megan LaFollette (B.S., M.S.) presents Tickling rats for improved welfare: reviewing research & determining dosage.  LaFollette is a Ph.D. candidate in Animal Behavior & Welfare in the Animal Sciences Department at Purdue University. Her research focuses at the intersection of animal welfare & human-animal interaction with a current focus on rat tickling. Megan is co-advised by Dr. Brianna Gaskill and Dr. Marguerite O’Haire. Their work in this field has led to 5 peer-reviewed publications on rat tickling, numerous presentations, and several hand-on workshops.

11th Annual Animal Welfare Research Symposium

The University of Guelph's Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) invites you to attend the 11th Annual Animal Welfare Research Symposium. The day will feature talks and posters on a range of topics related to animal welfare science, animal ethics, and the role of animals in society. *A donation of $15 for students, $25 for faculty, staff, and other visitors is greatly appreciated.

POSTPONED! Assessing giants: Using epidemiology to enhance zoo elephant welfare

THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED. Hosted by the CCSAW Student Chapter, Dr. Brian Graco will talk about 'Assessing giants: Using epidemiology to enhance zoo elephant welfare'.  As an animal welfare scientist and former zoo elephant trainer, Brian’s research efforts are directed towards using science to improve the lives of animals. He is particularly interested in understanding how environmental (e.g., space experience and use) and managerial factors (e.g., the use of operant conditioning) influence stereotypic and social behavior.

What do we mean by "One Welfare"?

David Fraser has maintained a strong interest in animals and animal welfare throughout his 46 years of teaching and research spanning farm, companion, laboratory and wild animals. He is currently Professor in the Animal Welfare Program of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has served as a scientific advisor to many organizations including the the World Organization for Animal Health (Paris) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Rome).

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