30th September 2021

View online, video available now. FREE webinar in conjunction with AWSELVA and Sentient, over 90 minutes our panel of experts discuss “When cruelty goes beyond the animals in our care" and how can we navigate the challenges presented in practice for vets handling these cruelty cases with co-existing violence in the home?

When cruelty goes beyond the animals in our care


The Webinar has now taken place and is availble to watch by visiting AWSELVA's YouTube channel - find the link below.


This webinar was open to all members of the veterinary or supporting professions, animal charities, animal welfare or behaviour scientists. 


This event was chaired by Dr Claire Corridan BVMS PhD MRCVS MVCI, Secretary of AWSELVA and our speakers included Dr Paula Boyden, Dr Rosemary Elliot and Dr David Martin.

Welcome & introductions with Dr Claire Corridan BVMS PhD MRCVS MVCI, Secretary of AWSELVA
"The link between animal cruelty & domestic violence - progress so far?" Dr Paula Boyden BVetMed MRCVS, Dogs Trust
Case 1 “Falling on Deaf Ears” Dr Rosemary Elliot BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Animal Welfare), MPsych (Clin), BA (Hons), Sentient
Case 1 Discussion and Q & A
Case 2 “A Tail of 4 Cats” Dr David Martin BVSci MRCVS, RSPCA
Case 2 Discussion and Q & A
Wrap up and close – Option for general discussion to be continued for participants who wish to do so?

Watch again: 'When cruelty goes beyond the animals in our care'


Speaker Bios

Chair - Dr Claire Corridan BVMS PhD MRCVS MVCI: AWSELVA 

Claire qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1999 from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School. She also has a PhD in Animal Behaviour & Welfare from the University of Lincoln. She has worked in many areas of small animal veterinary practice: charity clinics, small animal & wildlife clinics, emergency medicine & veterinary behaviour referral practice. Claire is currently the Secretary of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA). 

Dr Paula Boyden, BVetMed MRCVS

Paula Boyden graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1992. She spent 11 years in general practice, before moving into a technical role in industry in 2003. Paula joined Dogs Trust in 2010, where she is now Veterinary Director.  Paula has a particular interest in the link between violence to animals and violence to people; she is current Chair of the Links Group, is regularly involved in undergraduate training on Non-Accidental Injury (NAI) within the UK veterinary schools.

Dr Rosemary Elliot - BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Animal Welfare), MPsych (Clin), BA (Hons)

Rosemary now combines her psychology background and veterinary skills to contribute to the animal protection movement through writing, public speaking, political advocacy and research. She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Animal Welfare and Ethics chapter) and supervises DVM students on animal welfare placements.

Dr David Martin BVSci MRCVS (RSPCA)

David Martin has been in the same mixed veterinary practice since graduation in 1997 from where he provides animal welfare consultancy and expert witness services across the species. His particular interests are in non-accidental injury, hoarding and the use of forensic science to veterinary casework but he undertakes a considerable number of instructions every year. 

In addition to this role since March 2021 he has been the Group Animal Welfare Advisor for IVC Evidensia with responsibility for the Care Fund and the NAI support helpline.