Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to recall that the 6thAnnual European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare (EVCBMAW) will take place on the 3rd – 4th October 2024 in Paris (France).

The main topic will be An Interdisciplinary approach to Behavioural Medicine, Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law but all topics related to veterinary behavioural medicine, ethology, animal welfare, ethics and law are welcome. Animal welfare, as a specialty, is a subject that has its place in many different contexts. It can be found in urban planning, biodiversity management, human nutrition, scientific research, taxes, agricultural policy, human health, etc. This list is not exhaustive.

Members of the ECAWBM, ESVCE, AWSELVA are fully aware of the position of animal welfare in the everyday life of the animals and humans. It is not only about animals themselves, but also about their relationships to their environment and other living species. Considerations to satisfy animals’ needs and expectations, such as food, bedding material, thermal comfort, positive interactions, activity, housing conditions and facilities, and many others, are included into the analysis of any animal situation from college members. What’s more, the place of animals in human life, their benefits but also the risks they run, are all elements we have learnt to come to terms with.

The theme of this conference is an opportunity to show how your activities can integrate several disciplines. We aim also at promoting collaboration and integration of knowledge across different disciplines.

The deadline for abstract submission is set on 31st March. Submissions email address is:


Detailed information will be provided very soon on the website (currently under construction) that the international committee is preparing for 2024 and following EVCBMAW.

You can also follow us on Facebook.

Please note that the study day of college BM&AWSEL will be held on 2nd October. Beside the poster teaser (2 minutes), we will invite you to participate in posters’ speed datings (presentations in small groups), organized to stimulate discussion and networking. Whether you wish to present your research or simply engage in enriching discussions, we need all of you to make this poster session a success!

We hope to welcome you in Paris! , the City of Lights ! Take this congress’ opportunity to visit (selection of activities and preferential fees in preparation).

Drvet. Emmanuelle Titeux
(Chair of 2024 EVCBMAW National Committee)


Scientific committee

Emmanuelle Titeux

Chair of 2024 EVCBMAW National Committee

Chief Academic Editor, BM Editor

Practioner at EiffelVet 2 rue Saint-Saëns 75015 Paris

Practionner at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA)

DMV, Dipl. ECAWBM-BM, EBVS© European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine

ORCID ID: 0009-0004-2321-7971


Caroline Gilbert

Chief Academic Editor, BM Academic Secretary, BM Editor

Professor, Fundamental and applied Ethology, National Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA)


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9957-405X


Claire Diederich

Chief Academic Editor, AWSEL Academic Secretary, AWSEL Editor

Professor at the Dept of Veterinary Medicine (University of Namur, Belgium)


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0063-3903


Agnès Tiret

Chief Academic Secretary

Deputy Director, French Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (FRCAW)

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-4467-5179


Bertrand L. Deputte

AWSEL Editor

Honorary Professor of Ethology and Animal Welfare at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA)

PhD, Member of the French Veterinary Academy

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0948-8503


Franck Péron

AWSEL Editor

Veterinarian, ethologist; Science Specialist at Royal Canin


ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8408-4691


Local organising committee

Emmanuelle Titeux

Chair of 2024 EVCBMAW National Committee

Practioner at EiffelVet 2 rue Saint-Saëns 75015 Paris

Practionner at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (EnvA)

DMV, Dipl. ECAWBM-BM, EBVS© European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine

ORCID ID: 0009-0004-2321-7971


Martin Whiting

Treasurer, Food and Wine Officer

Global Head of Ethics and Welfare for Mars


ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0666-5495


Cassandre Desgrez-Dautet

Local Committee Coordinator

Fifth-year student at the National Veterinary School of Alfort

President of the Junior Francophone Society of Veterinary Ethology since 2020


Edwin Louis-Maerten

Local Committee Coordinator


Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Ethics

PhD student in Biomedical Ethics


ORCID ID: 0009-0001-6554-4821


Anne-Sophie Personnat

Local Committee Coordinator

DVM, CEAV in domestic animal behaviour medicine

Exclusive practice in behavioural medicine since 2015

Treasurer of the SFEV


Anne-Sophie Personnat


– PhD

– Associate Professor at Dept of Veterinary Sciences (University of Pisa)

– Orcid: 0000-0001-5221-5714

International organizing committee

Christine Halsberghe 

President ESVCE

Anouck Haverbeke


Peter Thornton


Karen Hiestand


Emmanuelle Titeux

Chair National Committee for 2024

Laura Hänninen

Chair National Committee for 2025


Coming soon. 

October 18, 2023

Venue: CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Pisa Via Giuseppe Moruzzi 56124 Pisa PI Italia

October 19-20, 2023

5th Annual Meeting of the European Veterinary Congress of Animal Welfare and Behavioral Medicine
-Prof. Michael Mendl: “'Optimism' and 'pessimism' as markers of animal emotion, welfare and (perhaps) vulnerability to behaviour problems”. -Dr. Jaume Fatjó: “Understanding the human-animal bond and its impact on animal welfare and people’s quality of life”

October 21, 2023

Discussion day
The discussion day will be organised in small groups of discussion around 3 different topics related to human-animal bond using the methodology of world café. All information and registration will be available soon.
Invited speakers

Mike Mendl – ‘Optimism’ and ‘pessimism’ as markers of animal emotion, welfare and (perhaps) vulnerability to behaviour problems.

Mike obtained his PhD in animal behaviour at Cambridge University. He then took a Royal Society European Research Fellowship to continue his work on behavioural development at Groningen University in the Netherlands, before returning to work at Cambridge University Vet School where he moved into the field of applied animal behaviour and welfare, studying the effects of housing systems on pig welfare. He subsequently took up a position as a Behavioural Scientist at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, continuing his work on pig behaviour and welfare, and then moved to Bristol University Vet School where he is now Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare and Head of the Bristol Animal Welfare & Behaviour Group, and has previously been Deputy Head of School (Research). He was lead of the BBSRC and UFAW Animal Welfare Research Network for 6 years.

His current research interests are in the study of cognition and emotion in domestic animals, with a view to using this information to improve animal welfare. Together with Dr Liz Paul, he developed a novel ‘cognitive bias’ approach to the assessment of animal emotions which draws on theory and findings from human psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He and Liz received the 2013 inaugural International Society for Applied Ethology Creativity Award, and the Alice Richie Trust Memorial Fund Award for their work in this area. Mike was awarded the UFAW Medal in 2014 for his contributions to animal welfare science, and the RSPCA/BSAS Award for Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare in 2015.

Mike also works on more applied animal welfare issues including developing welfare indicators and monitoring systems that can be implemented under field conditions, and better understanding the relationship between housing and husbandry procedures and the health and welfare of farm, laboratory, companion and zoo animals.

Dr. Jaume Fatjó – Understanding the human-animal bond and its impact on animal welfare and people’s quality of life.

Born in Barcelona in 1969. He has a degree in veterinary medicine and a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. Since 2010 he is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2012, he became the director of the Affinity Foundation Chair for Animals and Health at the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and PSMAR. He is the director of Ethogroup, a behavioural medicine referral service based in Barcelona. Since 2023 he is the head of behavioural medicine and animal welfare at VetPartners Spain. His research interests are focused on understanding the relationships between people and animals, the development of tools to assess canine and feline behaviour, as well as the comparative study of human psychiatric disorders and behaviour problems in companion animals.


ASIEM – 6 rue Albert de Lapparent – Paris

6 rue Albert de Lapparent


Pisa is a small city, everything is easily reachable on foot. The congress venue, the CNR Auditorium is at about 2 km from the city centre.

Congress transportations

We have organised shuttle buses (one ride in the morning and one return in the afternoon).
Buses will also be available on October 20th in the evening for the Social Dinner which will take place in the countryside.
More details will be provided as the congress dates approach.


CNR Area is served by the LAM Verde (Green High Mobility Line) of Autolinee Toscane.
We suggest the Garibaldi V1 or Pratale-Parcheggio stop, both 2 minutes away on foot.

Bike and scooter

CNR can be easily reached with rented bikes and scooters (for details, see “transports In Pisa”).


The city has a cooperative taxi service, which means a network of taxis across the city are available to book on just one phone number: +39 050 541 600. There are also taxi stands in prominent locations, such as Pisa’s main train station and Piazza del Duomo. All fares are on the metre and a ten minute journey shouldn’t cost more than 10€. Add on a few more euros for the excess fare on Sundays, public holidays and overnight (between 22:00 and 06:00).



Available soon.

Welcome reception

Free of charge but registration needed.

Thursday 19th shortly after the end of the congress presentations.

Stazione Leopolda di Pisa.  

Social dinner

65 euros and registration needed.

Friday 20th October.

Shuttle bus from Pisa included.

Villa Poschi.

Not gala dinner.


– No fee to ECAWBM enrolled residents and their supervisors.
– Other attendees €100.

Topic: the latest scientific updates on the behaviour and welfare of rabbits, ferrets, small mammals, chelonia, lizards, and snakes.


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact  sponsorship@evcbmaw.org