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ICAWC 2018: 20th International Conference on Animal Welfare and Conservation

24-25 April, London, UK
The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Animal Welfare and Conservation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Animal Welfare and Conservation. Learn more

The Mammal Society: 7th Student Conference

27-28 April, Worcester, UK
The 7th Mammal society student conference provides a fantastic opportunity for students at all stages of study with an interest in mammals to meet in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The student conference is run by students for students with an exciting range of talks and posters on display. It provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your research among peers, talk to mammal experts and to make connections which might help you in your future career. 

The conference is being held on the 27th and 28th of April 2018 at the University of Worcester. This two-day event brings together a range of students, at all stages of study, to discuss mammal research. It also gives the chance to take part in a range of workshops, including a Saturday workshop with the Vincent Wildlife Trust where you’ll learn about modern survey methods and get hand-on with camera traps, radio collars and more (spaces are limited, so book now. Spaces are limited for the Saturday event, so book now). Learn more

Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) and ZAA NZ Conference – Collaboration: The Value of Partnerships

21 – 24 May, Wellington, New Zealand
The 2018 Conference aims to explore the opportunities and importance of working in partnership to deliver outcomes for animals, people and the planet. Hosted by Wellington Zoo, the conference will be held at at Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand. Read more and register

Raising Animal Welfare Standards in Europe: Providing Fair Treatment and Security

14 June, Brussels, Belgium
Growth in population and consumption is increasingly leading citizens to reflect on the future management of natural resources, fair sharing of vital spaces and sustainability. This timely symposium, organised in light of the legislation’s revision, will provide an opportunity to look back on the progress made in Europe. It will gather representatives of different sectors to reflect on the biggest challenges, possible solutions and new opportunities in order to guarantee a solid animal welfare system. Read more and register

UFAW Animal Welfare Conference 2018: Recent advances in animal welfare science VI

28 June, Newcastle, UK
The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that seeks to offer guidance and find solutions to the challenges raised by our caring for and interactions with both kept and wild animals. As part of its on-going commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how these can be met, UFAW is holding the sixth of its series of one day conferences on ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science’ Read more and register

2018 International Society for Anthrozoology Conference: Animals in Our Lives: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Human–Animal Interactions

2-5 July, Sydney, Australia
This will be the first time the ISAZ has held a conference in the southern hemisphere – going Down Under – and we warmly invite you to join us at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. Learn more

9th European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB)

9-12 August, Liverpool, UK
Entries are now open for symposia submissions. Further information on registration, call for abstracts, travel and accommodation will be added shortly. Learn more

43rd World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress AND 9th FASAVA Congress

25-28 September, Singapore
We invite you to excite your sensations of sights, smells and taste in our little urban garden, with the scenic views and unique cuisines. Get lost in the culture and diversity that Singapore has to offer, and find out for yourself why we are a well-known hub even though we are only a little dot on the map. Learn more

International Companion Animal Welfare Conference 2018

9-11 October, Krakow, Poland
Details to be published in due course. Learn more


Animal welfare news


Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dolphins: Scientists uncover dolphins’ underwater world

A world-first study testing new underwater cameras on wild dolphins has given researchers the best view yet into their hidden marine world. Read more HERE

Animal Cognition Organisation have updated the List of Animals That Have Passed the Mirror Test

Animals that pass the mirror test will typically adjust their positions so that they can get a better look at the new mark on their body, and may even touch it or try to remove it. They usually pay much more attention to the part of their body that bears a new marking than they did in past un-marked sessions. Read more HERE

Animal Welfare: The latest news from The Guardian


Animal Mosaic: Global Animal Connections – via Animal Mosaic

This website provides information, resources and forums to enable people from diverse backgrounds to learn, interact and work together towards a better future for both animals and humans. Read latest NEWS here

Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare – via FAO

A single access point for a wide range of information related to the welfare of farm animals. A participatory platform to retrieve and submit information, as well as to engage in commonly developed projects and thematic discussions. DISCOVER MORE

Temple Grandin on Understanding Horse Behaviour – via Alberta Horses

Originally printed in Western Horseman, Nov. 1997, pp.140-145
…”Animals don’t think, they just make associations.” I responded to that by saying, “If making associations is not thinking, then I would have to conclude that I do not think.” People with autism and animals both think by making visual associations. These associations are like snapshots of events and tend to … READ MORE


Courses on Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law care of Dr Anthony Podberscek, University of Sydney
(via appointed organiser Opening Doors & Venues, Wassell Grove Business Centre, Wassell Grove Lane, Stourbridge, DY9 9JH, Tel. +44 (0) 1562 731788)