21st March 2023
UCD Campus

The Economics of Animal Welfare in Financially Challenging Times

We are truly honoured to welcome you to the AWSELVA’s first face- to- face meeting since Covid and our first meeting in Ireland!

This event will focus on the challenges presented when balancing the welfare needs of individual animals, groups/herds and society against current environmental/political/ financial climates. AWSELVA recognise the invaluable benefit of collaborations with our related disciplines, which are both diverse and many! This conference is open to anyone with an interest in animal welfare science, ethics and law, irrespective of their background or affiliation with the subject.

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Time Event
8:30 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome and House-keeping Dr Vanessa Ashall, AWSELVA Chairperson
9:45 am 'Animal welfare policy in Ireland: challenges and future directions' Dr Eoin Ryan, DAFM
10:15 am 'What is good animal welfare worth to us and how do we achieve it?' Dr Laura Boyle, TEAGASC
11:15 am Coffee break
11:45 am 'The impact of financial constraints on animal welfare' Dr Ian Futter, SSPCA
12:45 pm 'Trauma Informed Care- Is this a useful concept when considering the impact of adverse early experience in puppies?' Dr Claire Corridan, UCD
1.00 pm 'Foodtech revolution for post-animal bioeconomy and animal welfare: the Israeli case' Dr Cecília de Souza Valente, University of Galway
1:15 pm Lunch and Poster Session
2:00 pm 'The role of local authority veterinary officers and how it influences the local economy' Dr Paul Mc Dermott & Dr James Madden, VETERINARY IRELAND
2.50 pm 'Never waste a good recession: pragmatism as the new gold standard to protect animal welfare in the veterinary sphere? Dr David Mills, PDSA
3:05 pm 'So many patients, so little team– how do staff shortages in veterinary practice impact welfare?' Melanie O’Donoghue, VET ASSIST
4:00 pm Coffee break and poster session
4:30 pm 'Reframing welfare metrics as farm gate losses' Dr Fiona Roberts, Foods Connected Ltd
4.45 pm 'Human perception of the welfare of ornamental birds' Mrs Elizabeth Walsh, Cork Pet Behaviour Centre
5.00 pm 'Animal welfare, visitor enjoyment and the future of zoos and aquariums' Dr Jake Veasey, SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group
5.15 pm Closing remarks Dr Heather Maggs, AWSELVA
5:30 pm Meeting close
7:30 pm Conference dinner at The Goat Grill

Ticket Prices 

Members: £100

Non-members: £125

Students: £50


The conference dinner will be held at the The Goat Grill at 7.30pm. There is no need to pre-pay for this but if you could indicate if you would like to join us by adding the 'Conference Dinner' Ticket into your order, this will help us to know numbers

All Ireland Animal Welfare Science Research Forum

Following on from this conference, you may wish to stay for a second day to join in the All Ireland Animal Welfare Science Research Forum. This will be an exciting one-day research forum to discuss animal welfare science in Ireland, organised by UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. You can get more information and purchase tickets from: 

All Ireland Animal Welfare Science (AWS) Research Forum Tickets, Wed 22 Mar 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

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