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Animal Welfare Horizons 2021

29 November 2021 9am AEST

2021 lineup

Meet Our Speakers

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 am Opening ceremony

9.00 am

Welcome to country

Shannon Ruska, Tribal Experiences

9.15 am

Welcome to Animal Welfare Horizons 2021

Dr. Allison Crook, Chief Veterinary Officer, Queensland

9:30 – 10:30 am The human-animal relationship

9.30 am

Keynote speech:

Evolving human perspective on animals

Professor Phil Hynd, The University of Adelaide

9.50 am

Discussion

10:00 am

Autism and pig care

Dr. Kirsty Richards, SunPork Farms

10:20 am

Discussion

10:30 – 11:00 am Morning tea networking
11:00 – 12:30 am Animals and our communities

11:00 am

Animal management in rural and remote Indigenous communities

Dr. Bonny Cumming, AMRRIC

11:20 am

Discussion

11:30 am

From Sparrows to Ibis – wild birds in urban communities

Professor Bob Doneley, The University of Queensland

11:50 am

Discussion

12:00 pm

Love at first bite: Shark welfare from the shark’s perspective

Professor Culum Brown, Macquarie University

12:20 pm

Discussion

12:30 – 1:15 pm Networking Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 pm Idea Exchange: Protecting animals in times of crisis

Protecting zoo animal welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nicola Craddock, Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia

What can you do?… no really!… what CAN YOU do? (Animal-aware bushfire and flood planning)

Helen Schaefer, NSW Department of Primary Industries

1:45 – 2:00 pm Afternoon Tea Networking
2:00 – 3:30 pm New frontiers in animal welfare

2:00 pm

What fish (likely) feel

Associate Professor Charles Caraguel, The University of Adelaide

2:20 pm

Discussion

2:30 pm

Getting inside the heads of animals

Associate Professor David Beggs, the University of Melbourne

2:50 pm

Discussion

3:00 pm

What’s on the horizon in animal welfare?

Professor Alan Tilbrook, Managing Director of The Animal Welfare Collaborative, The University of Queensland

Agenda

9:00-9:30am Opening Ceremony
9:00am
Welcome to country
9:15am
Welcome to Animal Welfare Horizons 2021
Dr. Allison Crook, Chief Veterinary Officer, Queensland
9:30 – 10:30am The human-animal relationship
9:30am
Keynote speech: Evolving human perspective on animals
Professor Phil Hynd, The University of Adelaide
9:50am
Discussion
10:00am
Autism and pig care
Dr. Kirsty Richards, SunPork Farms
10:20am
Discussion
10:30 – 11:00am Morning tea networking
11:00 – 12:30am Animals and our communities
11:00am
Animal management in rural and remote Indigenous communities
Dr. Bonny Cumming, AMRRIC
11:20am
Discussion
11:30am
From Sparrows to Ibis – wild birds in urban communities
Professor Bob Doneley, The University of Queensland
11:50am
Discussion
12:00pm
Love at first bite: Shark welfare from the shark’s perspective Professor Culum Brown, Macquarie University
12:20pm
Discussion
1:45 – 2:00pm Pet Afternoon Tea Networking
2:00 – 3:30 pm New frontiers in animal welfare
2:00pm
What fish (likely) feel Nicola Craddock, Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia
What can you do?… no really!… what CAN YOU do? (Animal-aware bushfire and flood planning)
Helen Schaefer, NSW Department of Primary Industries
2:20pm
Discussion
2:30pm
Getting inside the heads of animals
Associate Professor David Beggs, the University of Melbourne
2:50pm
Discussion
3:00pm
What’s on the horizon in animal welfare?
Professor Alan Tilbrook, Managing Director of The Animal Welfare Collaborative, The University of Queensland

Learn more about our speakers

Learn more about our speakers

Professor Phil Hynd

The University of Adelaide
philip.hynd@adelaide.edu.au

Keynote speech: Evolving human perspectives on animals

Phil Hynd is the Emeritus Professor in Animal and Veterinary Sciences at The University of Adelaide. After a career focussed on research in animal nutrition, wool growth, and animal physiology; and teaching in agriculture, animal sciences, and veterinary sciences, he is now dedicated to other activities supporting the animal industries. He is currently the Chair of the Expert Panel for Meat and Livestock Australia, a private consultant in animal and educational services, and involved in ongoing research in alternatives to traditional wool harvesting and fetal programming. He is the President of the SA branch of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences.

Professor Alan Tilbrook

Managing Director of The Animal Welfare Collaborative, The University of Queensland
a.tilbrook@uq.edu.au

What's on the horizon in animal welfare?

Professor Alan Tilbrook is an internationally recognised animal neuroendocrinologist and the founder of The Animal Welfare Collaborative (TAWC). Throughout his career, Alan has held numerous national leadership roles in animal welfare, including as Chair and Research Champion of the National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research, Development and Extension Strategy; representative of Universities Australia on the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching; and founder and former Deputy Director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre. Professor Tilbrook's research in the biomarkers of brain function in animals is conceptually driven with a multidisciplinary and integrative approach. He has worked across a range of species, including sheep, pigs, poultry, cattle, goats, rodents, horses and humans. Professor Tilbrook places a huge emphasis on collaboration to improve the welfare of animals.

Dr. Allison Crook

Chief Veterinary Officer, Queensland
Allison.Crook@daf.qld.gov.au

Welcome to Animal Welfare Horizons 2021

Dr Allison Crook is the General Manager Animal Biosecurity and Welfare and Chief Veterinary Officer at the Queensland Government. Allison was raised on a beef and grain property near Warwick in Queensland. She graduated as a veterinarian from The University of Queensland in 1986 and has since held a broad range of leadership roles in the private sector and government. Allison has extensive experience in management of emergency animal diseases, including the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom in 2001, the successful equine influenza response in 2007 –2008, multiple Hendra virus incidents and the white spot disease in Queensland.

Professor Bob Doneley

The University of Queensland
r.doneley@uq.edu.au

From Sparrows to Ibis– wild birds in urban communities

Professor Bob Doneley is a graduate of The University of Queensland, and he now lectures in the School of Veterinary Science and provides veterinary services at the UQ Avian and Exotic Pet Service, a specialist bird practice, which also treats reptiles, small mammals, and wildlife. His interest in bird medicine developed shortly after graduation when he was asked to give a talk to the Bundaberg Budgerigar Association and realised that he had been taught virtually nothing on this subject while a student. He pursued this interest through private study, visiting colleagues, and attending conferences. He was awarded his Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) in 2003, becoming Queensland’s first specialist in bird medicine, the third in Australia.

Dr. Kirsty Richards

SunPork Farms
kirsty.richards@sunporkfarms.com.au

Autism and pig care

Dr Kirsty Richards is a veterinarian at SunPork Farms and the project leader for Autism and Agriculture. Developed by SunPork Farms and the Autism CRC, Autism and Agriculture is an initiative aimed at employing people on the autism spectrum in full-time jobs in agriculture and creating rewarding careers for them. Kirsty has overseen SunPork’s change in its recruitment system to accommodate autistic employees, who have been identified as having particular skills suited to working in specialist animal care roles.

Nicola Craddock

Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia
nicola@zooaquarium.org.au

Protecting zoo animal welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the Executive Director of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), Nicola Craddock is focused on development of strategy and management of the ZAA’s strategic implementation, risk mitigation, financial planning, and stakeholder relationship development. Nicola comes from a background in the entertainment industry, and she has experience from a range of roles operating across Australia and New Zealand, including strategic business development, commercial planning, marketing, operations, insights and analytics. In addition to her role at ZAA, Nicola is a members of the WAZA Animal Welfare Committee member and a Species360 Board member and Treasurer.

Helen Schaefer

NSW Department of Primary Industries
helen.schaefer@dpi.nsw.gov.au

What can you do?...no really!...what CAN YOU do? (Animal-aware bushfire and flood planning)

Starting life as a Sydney city girl, Helen commenced her veterinary career in mixed practice in the Bega Valley, ending up married with a mortgage and 2 kids, on a beef and sheep property at Yowrie, 60km out of Bega. After 25 years as a private vet, she became a District Veterinarian, based in Bega, with the NSW Govt Local Land Services, which broadened her perspective from a local level to a more regional and occasional state level. 5 years later, she took up the opportunity to join the NSW DPI as a member of the Animal Biosecurity Unit, once again broadening her perspective, this time to a state and intermittent national level. After literally living through the Black Summer fires on the family property west of Cobargo, she was seconded across to the Animal Welfare Unit to head up Bushfire Recovery Projects for 15mths. She is now a permanent member of the Animal Welfare Unit, primarily looking after the Livestock Team, though ensuring she continues to dabble in those Recovery Projects and other emergency management related opportunities that come her way.

Associate Professor Charles Caraguel

The University of Adelaide
charles.caraguel@adelaide.edu.au

What fish (likely) feel (Animal-aware bushfire and flood planning)

Associate Professor Charles Caraguel specialises in the health and welfare of aquatic species. After graduating from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse (France), he obtained a specialised veterinary school diploma in aquaculture and fish pathology (Nantes, France). Drawn by the expertise of the Atlantic Veterinary College (PEI, Canada), Charles completed a Master of Science degree at the Lobster Science Centre, where he developed a diagnostic test using molecular techniques to detect and characterize a pathogenic amoeba, Neoparamoeba spp.. Taught by globally recognised fish health experts, he further developed and extended his knowledge on pathology of mollusc, crustacean and finfish during this program. Recognising the importance of population medicine in aquaculture where massive populations of animals are involved, Charles pursued his graduate training with a PhD in aquatic epidemiology through the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences (AVC). Today Charles seeks to improve understanding, establish evidence, and develop more effective health risk identification and management in the aquaculture industry

Professor Culum Brown

Macquarie University
culumbrown@gmail.com

Love at first bite: Shark welfare from the shark’s perspective

Professor Culum Brown is the leader of The Fish Lab at Macquarie University, and he has made a significant contribution to the study of behavioural ecology of fishes over his research career. His research niche lies in the study of fish behaviour and its application to fisheries science, with his most significant contribution being enhancing our understanding of fish cognition and behaviour. Culum is a well-known champion of fish intelligence, having done research on a wide variety of model organisms, including salmoniids, sticklebacks, rainbowfish, guppies, and sharks. Much of his PhD research at the University of Queensland (2000) and post docs at Cambridge University focused on predator recognition and the social behaviour of fishes with a particular emphasis on social learning. Culum has applied his knowledge of fish cognition to enhancing the post-release survival of hatchery-reared fish (life-skills training), and life-skills training is now common practice in hatcheries world-wide.

Associate Professor David Beggs

University of Melbourne
dbeggs@unimelb.edu.au

Getting inside the heads of animals

Associate Professor David Beggs has been a veterinarian for more than 25 years and a computer programmer for more than 30. After a long period as a mixed animal vet, he is now a Senior Lecturer in Cattle at the University of Melbourne, where he undertakes research in dairy cattle medicine, reproduction, and animal welfare.

Dr Bonny Cumming

AMRRIC
Bonny.Cumming@amrric.org

Animal management in rural and remote Indigenous communities

Dr Bonny Cumming is a veterinarian and the Program Manager of Strategic Delivery for Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC). Bonny has worked in private veterinary practice, animal shelters, zoos and wildlife hospitals, and communities. She currently uses her veterinary training to work on ‘big picture’ issues with vast reach in rural and remote Indigenous communities.

Highlights from animal Welfare Horizons 2019

Highlights from animal Welfare Horizons 2019

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