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UFAW announces eighth animal welfare science conference
"The conference is part of UFAW's ongoing commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals."
Virtual event promises an exciting line-up of speakers from across the world.

Animal welfare charity UFAW (The Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) has announced details of its eighth international conference on recent advances in animal welfare science.

Building on the success of previous conferences, this virtual event promises more than 40 presentations ranging from 'Are flat-faced dogs really unhealthier than other dogs' to the 'Development of tools for farmers to self-assess the welfare of their poultry and pigs.'

With a diverse and dynamic programme of speakers, it will also feature more than 110 thought-provoking poster presentations covering an array of animal species and topics.

A UFAW spokesperson said: “The conference is part of UFAW’s ongoing commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how best these can be met. These conferences are invaluable in bringing together scientists, veterinarians, policymakers and others from around the world to share knowledge, the latest advances and to exchange views and ideas.”

The event takes place on 29 and 30 June and, while it is free to attend, delegates are encouraged to make a donation to the UFAW. Full details are available at ufaw.org.uk/conf2021

 

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Vets asked to opt-in to Scottish SPCA fostering programme

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 The Scottish SPCA is encouraging veterinary practices to opt into its new fostering programme, by agreeing to register foster animals when approached by one of the foster carers.

The programme goes live in August 2021, and will help to rehabilitate animals under the Scottish SPCA's care until they are able to be properly re-homed. The programme will help the animals to receive care and attention in a stable and happy home environment, as some animals do not cope with a rescue and re-homing centre environment as well as others.

Specific information for veterinary practices on the new programme can be found at www.scottishspca.org/veterinarysurgeons 

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Webinar provides insight into old age pets

A new webinar providing insights into the BSAVA PetSavers Old Age Pets citizen science project is now available free of charge to its members via the BSAVA Library

The webinar presents an exclusive insight into the research process and progression of the study, which aims to help veterinary professionals and owners provide the best care for their senior dogs.

It also discusses the study's research methods, the researchers' personal interests in this area of study, and how they envisage the findings being used to create a guidance tool to improve discussions between vets and owners about their ageing dogs.