Organised by CABI and the Royal Veterinary College, 'Animals Behaving Badly – Veterinary/Welfare Perspectives' is a symposium on problem behaviour of pets and leisure horses, the science that helps understand the causes, and helps prevent or remedy them. The event is hosted at the Royal Veterinary College's Camden Campus and is free to attend but you will need to register.
Significant levels of stress, poor socialization and inappropriate choice of pets leads to problems in dogs and cats. More than 80% of leisure horses have behavioural problems. This can lead to breakdown of the human-animal bond with unwanted animals, and can be an underlying factor in health problems in the animals.
This symposium brings together experts researching problems in dogs, cats, and horses to help understand the links between behaviour and welfare and the science that helps veterinarians and behaviourists advise on prevention or cure.
It is aimed at veterinarians, behaviourists and those professionally interested in animal welfare and behaviour.
The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Martin Whiting of the RVC. The Symposium will be followed by a reception. The event is free but all attendees must register.
Professor Don Broom, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr. Alexandra Moesta , Pet Behaviour and Care Manager, WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition Feline behaviour and welfare
Title: How many is too many? Common behaviour problems in multi- cat households and welfare impact
Dr. Lisa Collins, Reader in Animal Health and Welfare, Bioveterinary Science School of Life Sciences University of Lincoln
Title: Canine behaviour and welfare: an epidemiological approach
Dr. Roly Owers, Chief Executive, World Horse Welfare
Title: ‘I’m telling you something’s wrong’ – how equine behaviour relates to welfare.
Exploring the signs, causes and impact of common equine behavioural problems.
Dr. Charlotte Burn, Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Behaviour Science & Deputy Head of Group, Centre for Animal Welfare, Royal Veterinary College, London
Title: ‘When the devil makes work for idle paws: how captive environments can lead to abnormal behaviour in animals’