Webinar Plus: Healthy And Happy Animals: Welfare Beyond The Five Freedoms 2023
Royal Veterinary College
Date: Monday 23rd January, 2023 - Sunday 19th February, 2023
Start time: 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Do you want to ensure your patients are provided with optimal conditions that will enable them to thrive? Would you like to know how you can best support patient emotional wellbeing as well as physical health? Would you like a better understanding of animal behaviour and its relationship to welfare?Traditional approaches to animal welfare focus on the prevention of suffering. However, recent advances in animal welfare science, ethology (animal behaviour), anthrozoology (the study of human animal interactions) and philosophy (specifically animal ethics) have highlighted the cognitive and emotional capacities of many animal species, with implications for welfare. Much progressive research argues that good animal welfare requires a shift away from simply preventing animal suffering and a move towards the promotion of positive, pleasurable experiences and states. When animals are happy they stand a better chance of recovering from illness or injury, or of maintaining good health and wellbeing. While there are many strategies routinely employed by veterinary professionals to help reduce patient stress and promote positive physical and emotional states (e.g. the use of pheromone sprays or the creation of cat friendly areas of the waiting room) there is scope to do much more to cater for the species-specific and individual needs of the diverse array of animal patients encountered in contemporary veterinary practice.This course aims to provide you with an overview of recent developments in animal welfare science, ethology and anthrozoology (incorporating animal ethics). The course also aims to provide you with an understanding of the relevance of some of these developments for different aspects of veterinary practice. Through the use of illustrative case studies (focussing on, for example, animals in zoos, companion animals, disabled animals, working animals, laboratory animals, equines and livestock) you will be introduced to some of the ways in which animal welfare can be improved in light of this emergent knowledge. These practical examples can then be adapted and implemented to benefit your patients.
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Samantha Hurn , PhDAssociate Professor and Programme Director MA and PhD AnthrozoologyUniversity of ExeterAlexander Badman-King , PhDLecturer in PhilosophyUniversity of ExeterEmily Stone , PhDResearch Associate AnthrozoologyUniversity of ExeterFenella Eason, PhDAssociate Lecturer AnthrozoologyUniversity of ExeterJessica Grling, PhDAssociate Lecturer AnthrozoologyUniversity of Exete
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