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In 2019, Anthony was awarded the Global Animal Welfare Award by the World Veterinary Association, and supported by CEVA Animale Sante in San Jose, at the 35th World Veterinary Association Congress. As Deputy Director of Veterinary Services and National Livestock Policy Focal Point, Anthony works to design, prepare and formulate policies, laws and regulations for the development of livestock, including the Veterinary Services and Animal Production Bill, the meat inspection regulations, and the on-ratification of ECOWAS on establishing community procedures for management of veterinary drugs and biologicals and Directive on ECOWAS Veterinary Pharmacy. Anthony received his DVM from Kharkov Zooveterinary Institute and his MPSA(Agric) in Agricultural Development from Cornell University. Following this, he spent over 26 years working with the Veterinary Services Directorate, holding different positions such as Head of the Economics Unit of Pan African Control of Epizootics and Desk Officer of the Livestock Development Project of the African Development Bank and National Livestock Policy Focal Point of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance Programme of the African Union-Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources. Anthony has participated in the 1st PAN African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA) conference in Nairobi, in 2014. The African Union, Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources, Reinforcing Veterinary Governance programme in Africa nominated me as a representative for West Africa. Currently, Anthony coordinates student and volunteer activities in Ghana, from Veterinarians Without Borders/VSF, Canada under the Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities, funded by Global Affairs Canada.

Mandy is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in Veterinary Dermatology; a registered specialist in veterinary dermatology and Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine (Dermatology) at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She is part of the global Animal Dermatology Clinic (ADC) team that has veterinary dermatology referral practices located in the US, Australia and New Zealand and she is the key dermatologist at ADC-Perth with two dermatology practices in Western Australia. Mandy teaches undergraduate veterinary students at Murdoch University and the dermatology unit of the Masters in Veterinary Medicine at Massey University. She is the current past-President of the Council of the ANZCVS and the current Australian and New Zealand representative of the World Association for Veterinary Dermatology and the President of World Congress in Veterinary Dermatology to be held in Sydney in 2020. She has authored and co-authored publications in national and international journals and textbooks. She has extensive experience with clinical dermatology in companion animals and she loves consulting and teaching.

Ngaio is Associate Professor in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare Science and Co-Director of the Massey University Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre in the School of Veterinary Science. Her research employs behavioural and physiological methods to investigate various aspects of animal welfare in both domestic and wild animal species. Her major research themes include: systematic scientific evaluation of animal welfare; breathlessness in animals; humane methods of ‘euthanasia’ and slaughter; developmental processes, recognition, modulation and alleviation of pain in farm animals; humane vertebrate pest control; and welfare impacts associated with wildlife conservation activities.

Alana graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc Zoology in 2006 and for the next five years worked with the RSPCA as an Inspector investigating welfare concerns. She joined World Horse Welfare in 2011 and spent two years as a Field Officer before joining the International Department project managing the charity’s Central American (and Mexican) projects. She completed her Masters degree in International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh in 2017, and in the same year moved to World Horse Welfare’s Public Affairs team where she works primarily on the charity’s Research and Education initiatives.


Joe is a graduate of University College Dublin and has been a veterinarian for more than 30 years. He spent the first 20 years as an equine clinician, mainly in private practice but with an equine residency at Cambridge University in the middle. Joe completed two RCVS clinical certificates and thought he knew it all! A PhD in equine welfare, supported by World Horse Welfare, following by a research project and employment with The Donkey Sanctuary opened his eyes to how little true regard he had sometimes given to the sentience and welfare of the equines under his care, and he winces to recall how ignorant he had been when treating donkeys in particular. Joe will illustrate the importance for welfare NGOs to listen to the true needs and experiences of equines and how vital it is to keep these at the heart of what vets do; and how we can use a novel tool to assess donkey welfare and the impact of the work we do. He will encourage and assist colleagues to treat donkeys as the species they are. By highlighting their key differences - behaviour, physiology, nutrition, medication and anatomy he’ll show how approaches must differ from those used with their larger relatives. Pulling from his years of experience in equine clinical practice and welfare organisations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America, Joe will add insights as to how vets should better assess quality-of-life and make end-of-life decisions that are both principled and pragmatic.

An impulse call to a horse welfare charity got Chris started in overseas training in 2000, seven years with them led to an opportunity to join The Donkey Sanctuary in 2007. Chris has been attached to the Donkey Sanctuary since that time and is currently Lead harness for the Research and Operational Support Team at Donkey Sanctuary. Chris started to construct ‘modules’ on harness making and related topics in 2014, and over the last few years that has taken precedence, with the ultimate goal of being able to offer a package to suit the needs of working donkeys, available for download from The Donkey Sanctuary website. With internet access so widespread this is seen as the new face of training, it can also be backed up by a visit and hands on training for groups as requested. Other work underway at present is the first scientific trialling of collars specifically for donkeys, based in Spain and Portugal. Chris’s specific interest in these trials is to identify a simple to construct and maintain collar, to replace the usual breast collar used in many countries where full neck collar production is not possible. In addition to the scientific trials being run Chris also makes experimental collars and works with them using the New Zealand Ponui donkeys at a rare breeds farm in Taranaki.

Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai ki a Aotearoa. Ko Eloise Jillings tōku ingoa. Welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand. Eloise is Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) through her mother and Canadian through her father and has been fortunate to have lived in both countries. Her current roles at Massey University School of Veterinary Science (New Zealand) are Associate Dean – Admission and Students, and senior lecturer in clinical pathology. She is looking forward to sharing her research interests around veterinary education, with particular focus on veterinary student selection, and diversity and indigeneity in the veterinary profession with everyone.

James is a Kenyan veterinarian who graduated from the University of Nairobi Veterinary School in 1999. While implementing a community dairy goat improvement project in arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya with FARM Africa James got interested in donkeys due to immense role they played in communities. This interest led James to join Donkey sanctuary as a resident veterinarian before joining Brooke as an animal welfare advisor. James’ current work involves supporting develop equine welfare partnership projects in East Africa in addition to developing an animal health mentorship programme within all partners and in collaboration with East Africa governments. While implementing equine welfare projects in East Africa, James has experienced unprecedented equine smuggling, slaughter and poor welfare in donkey hide trade and he looks forward to sharing this with the conference participants.

Kat is a small animal veterinarian in the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre (School of Veterinary Science, Massey University). Her PhD research focuses on the veterinarian’s role in end-of-life (EoL) management of older and chronically ill cats in New Zealand. This research focuses on understanding how veterinary students are taught EoL management in Australasian veterinary schools, as well as how EoL management is enacted by veterinarians in practice. Kat is also a lecturer in Animal Welfare and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary and animal scientists animal welfare, behaviour, ethics, and law (relating to animals). She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) Animal Welfare Chapter and is studying towards a fellowship in animal welfare science, ethics, and law. Kat is passionate about enhancing veterinarians’ understanding, and enactment of their role as animal welfare experts. Her research interests include: Animal welfare, animal behaviour, veterinary ethics, animal euthanasia, end-of-life decision-making for animals, companion animals, owner-vet relationships, human-animal relationships, knowledge transfer, human behaviour change for animals, qualitative research methods, and veterinary education.

David’s research and scholarly interests include foetal and neonatal physiology, stress physiology, pain assessment and management, livestock slaughter, conceptual frameworks in animal welfare science, and bioethics as it applies to animal welfare. He has 550 publications in these areas, at least 320 of which are significant works of scholarship, including six books. David has 32 years of experience of integrating scientific, veterinary, industry, consumer, animal welfare, legal, cultural and other interests during the development of national animal welfare standards, regulations and legislation in New Zealand and internationally. He is Professor Emeritus of Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics, and Foundation Director of the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre in the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University. To date he has spent 24 years in Australia, 21 in Scotland and 32 in New Zealand.

Sarah is an Assistant Professor in Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine at City University of Hong Kong. Her main interests are the prevention of racehorse injuries, the application of evidence-based veterinary medicine, and how these two areas contribute to improving horse welfare. She is currently involved in projects focusing on racehorse injury surveillance, the interaction between surface and injury, using machine learning tools for predicting race-day injury, investigating owner biosecurity practices and exotic disease preparedness, and prognosis following clinical interventions. Her research is interdisciplinary, involving collaborative work at the interface between clinicians, epidemiology, social science and economics.

Saurabh has diverse experience of about decade and half of sustainably improving working equid welfare in varied contexts of India. He leads animal health, welfare, research, extension and training functions at Brooke India. Brooke India is leading working equid welfare charity in India and an affiliate of The Brooke, UK. He is also involved in innovative projects to find sustainable solutions to mitigate the various equine welfare issues. Saurabh holds Masters in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Josh Slater graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and spent four years in equine practice before moving to a residency in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge. He completed a PhD in equine infectious diseases in 1994 and was a lecturer, then senior lecturer in equine medicine at Cambridge during which he held a Wellcome Trust research fellowship. He moved to the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 where was is professor of equine clinical studies and clinical director of the equine referral hospital. His research is in equine infectious diseases, in particular strangles and equine herpesviruses and he has a wide range of interests in equine medicine. He is currently Professor of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Melbourne where is Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations, and served as the secretary to the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He was biosecurity advisor for the 2008 Equestrian Olympic Games, the London 2012 Equestrian Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and 2018. He is a co-director of the British Animal Rescue Trauma Association, is chairman of the Horse Trust in the UK.

Nicola is a senior lecturer at the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, New Zealand. After some time in general practice and as a clinical anaesthetist at Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, she now teaches a case-based course to veterinary students in years 2-4 that aims to blur the boundaries between pre-clinical and clinical sciences. Nicola is also involved in the redesign of physiology and anatomy courses for veterinary and veterinary technology students and is a core member of the curriculum review group tasked with revising and strengthening Massey’s veterinary science curriculum. Nicola is passionate about all aspects of veterinary education, but special interests include preparation of students for clinical training, interactive online learning and programmatic assessment.

Hayley is a national animal welfare emergency management coordinator for the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand. She is a veterinary technologist who has over 20 years experience in the veterinary profession in emergency and critical care as well over a decade in academia. Whilst at Massey University School of Veterinary Science as an Associate Dean Hayley developed and led the veterinary emergency response team to fill a notifiable gap in New Zealand. Hayley has had multiple deployments as a first responder nationally and internationally along with over 25 activations to local and regional events including floods, wildfires, earthquakes and snow events as an animal welfare emergency management coordinator. She is in her final stages of a PhD in Emergency Management focusing on enhancing multiagency collaboration for animal welfare emergency management. Hayley is a practitioner, researcher and educator in emergency management.

Ben has been the Veterinary Director at The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad since 2016. He has worked as a private equine surgeon in the United Kingdom in both first opinion and referral practice, as well as a clinician and lecturer at Dublin and Edinburgh Veterinary Universities for five years. Ben’s interests include sports physiology, pathophysiology of disease, and welfare.

Natalie gained a first-class Zoology degree from Glasgow University in 1987 and was awarded the Graham Kerr Memorial Prize for Zoology. She was awarded her PhD from Cambridge University’s Veterinary School funded by the British Veterinary Association in 1991. In 1990, she joined Edinburgh University to direct a new and unique Masters programme in Animal Welfare and after 14 years made the life changing move to New Zealand where she was invited to become the Chair of Animal Welfare at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland. After six years, as Head of the School of Natural Sciences and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, in 2011 she returned to Edinburgh University to develop a new International Centre of excellence for Animal Welfare Education. As the inaugural Jeanne Marchig Chair of International Animal Welfare and the International Dean for the Veterinary School, she developed working partnerships with overseas Governments, Universities, Professional bodies and NGOs, to develop and deliver innovative capacity building initiatives within the area of One Welfare. In 2016, Natalie returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Professor of One Welfare and Executive Dean at the Eastern Institute of Technology. Natalie has produced more than 100 research publications and describes herself as an applied scientist by training, and an educationalist at heart. Her research and education interests are in the field of ‘One Welfare’ – exploring the relationship between animal and human health and welfare, an interdisciplinary area combining aspects of; social sciences, health and veterinary sciences with education, ethics and law.

A Massey University graduate of 1994, Jenny worked in predominantly dairy practice in Taranaki for eight years before returning to Massey as a clinical teacher with increasing responsibilities for administration and curriculum management. As Academic Dean, she has led the BVSc programme for the past four years. She has a strong interest in student and graduate welfare and is currently supervising PhD student Natalie King (also a Massey BVSc graduate) who is working with two cohorts of Massey veterinary graduates (10 and 20 years since graduation) to describe their career paths and investigate the factors that affected their career choices.