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Academic, education & animal welfare speakers

Academic, education & animal welfare

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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.

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.

Emma qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 2015 and worked in an equine veterinary practice in Devon, UK, before joining World Horse Welfare as an International Programme Officer in 2017. Emma oversees the veterinary aspects of the international programme and manages World Horse Welfare’s equine welfare projects in Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Colombia and Senegal.

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.

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.

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.

Roly has been Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare since 2008, already knowing the charity well, having led its fundraising and communication teams from 1999 to 2003. Roly qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Cambridge University in 1992 and worked in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. Roly is actively involved in the charity’s work in the UK and worldwide, and is a Director of the British Horse Council, Treasurer for the British Equine Veterinary Association and on the Management Board of the European Horse Network. He established the UK’s Equine Disease Coalition, of which he is Chair. He also leads the charity’s work advising horse sport regulators, including the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the British Horseracing Authority.

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.

Laura is a UK veterinary surgeon who qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005. She spent seven years in mixed and sports horse practice before joining Brooke – Action for Working Horses and Donkeys in 2012 as a veterinary training advisor. Laura now works in the Global Animal Health team with international colleagues, improving animal welfare through better veterinary education and strengthening animal healthcare systems. She contributed to the OIE Curricula Guidelines for Veterinary Paraprofessionals as part of an expert ad-hoc group. Laura has further qualifications in equine internal medicine and veterinary education.

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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.