Thursday 19th October 2023:




Opening by Chair, Head of Dep. Veterinary Sciences, representatives of ECAWBM, ESVCE and AWSELVA




“Public Consultation on Developing a National Strategy for Managing Free- Roaming Cats in Israel” Liran Plitman


“Will the European Union introduce legislation to better protect the welfare of companion animals?” Heather Bacon


“Vulnerability, veterinary ethics and social ‘care’ in the veterinary clinic” Vanessa Ashall


“A study of the emotional impact of euthanasia on small animal practitioners in France” Denise Remy


“Why can’t I kick your dog?” – An exercise to teach ethical theories to veterinary and life sciences students” Manuel Magalhães-Sant’Ana


(3 1,5-minpresentations) poster teasers:

“Ethical collection of animal bodies for veterinary education” Edwin Louis-Maerten

“Potential risks of human-pet relationship: can a pet-friendly city prevent them?” Carmen Borrelli

“One welfare Parallels between Veterinary and Human Forensic Medicine: detainment, interviewing & charging murder suspects vs dogs detained under suspicion of causing grievous harm” Valerie S.M. Jonckheer-Sheehy


Coffee break




“Measuring Paw Preferences in Dogs, Cats and Rats: Design Requirements and Innovations in Methodology” Sevim Isparta


“Trauma and its Behavioral Aftermath: A Systematic Review of the Impact of Disaster Deployment on Working Dogs” Sofie Salden


“The Attribution of Hostile Intent May Be Linked to the Endorsement of Aversive Stimuli in Horse Training” Amy Miele


“Veterinary practitioners in court: investigation on the death of a cat” Mariana Roccaro


Poster teasers (1,5-minpresentations):

“An insight of the good and bad of working as a search and rescue professional or dog-handler” Silvana Diverio

“Differences in the ownership of brachycephalic dog breeds and nonbrachycephalic dog breeds. Preliminary results” Greta Veronica Berteselli


Lunch break

12:25- 13:25



Invited speaker BM&AWSEL:  Dr. Jaume Fatjó – Understanding the human-animal bond and its impact on animal welfare and people’s quality of life






“Straight from the horse’s mouth: Salivary oxytocin and cortisol changes in horses after interactions with unfamiliar humans” Chantal Kapteijn

“Cannabidiol use guidelines in behavioral medicine in dogs: what do we know? An ESVCE working group study” Stephane Bleuer-Elsner


“Is there a potential link between the gut-brain axis and feather-pecking behaviour of laying hens” Alexandra Harlander

“Introducing two cats: love at first sight?” Zoë Everaert


Poster teasers (1,5-minpresentations):

“The French Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (FRCAW): missions, resources and expertise work” Agnes Tiret

“Veterinary Urban Hygiene: a pilot project” Maria Cristina Osella

«Concurrent use of tasipimidine and fluoxetine” Mira Korpivaara


Coffee break


Parallel sessions BM – AWSEL





“Novel scale to assess the overall welfare of horses after transport towards the slaughterhouse” Barbara Padalino

“House-soiling predicts spatial memory performance in senior cats” Patrizia Piotti


“Does welfare condition influence equine Strongyle egg shedding potential?” Emanuela Dalla Costa

“Let the owner staying with dogs during veterinary consultation” Ciska Girault


“Impact of social buffering on horse behaviour during commercial slaughter in the United Kingdom” Kate Fletcher

“To crate or not to crate? Owner attitudes towards and use of confinement in puppy rearing” Gemma J. Ellis

17:15-17:20 AWSEL



Poster teaser (1,5-min):

“A Qualitative Exploration of UK Leisure Horse Owners’ Perceptions of Equine Welfare” Rebecca Smith

“Salt preferences of horses” Katherine Houpt

“Is there an attachment bond between family pigs and their owners? A pig-dog comparative study” Paula Pérez Fraga

SSP (15 min):

“Analyses of reasons for referral visits to an animal behavior practice in France and impact of the COVID-19 lockdown” Caroline Gilbert

Welcome reception at 18:00 (free but registration needed): Officine Garibaldi

Friday 20th October 2023:


Parallel sessions BM – AWSEL





“Innovative technologies for welfare assessment of sheep and goats at pasture in the Mediterranean area” Luca Turini

“Interspecific behavioural synchronization: how owner-stranger interactions affect dogs’ behaviours toward the stranger” Angélique Lamontagne


“Larger proportion of polled dairy calves associated with a higher good human animal relationship score in Norwegian dairy herds” Conor Barry

“The PNEI (psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology) approach in animal clinical ethology: dancing from body cross-talking to an integrated therapy” Manuel Mengoli


“Improving animal welfare for disbudding calves: a practical approach” Angela Ramon

“A multidisciplinary approach to patient care and wellbeing: the unusual case of the vocalizing cat” Stefania Uccheddu


 “Toward a molecular selection of working dogs? A review of gene candidates and associated neurobiological systems” Cécile Bienboire-Frosini

“Risk factors for house soiling in cats: an Italian survey” Martina Felici


“Adaptation response in sheep: the extreme phenotypes of cortisol levels reveal different expression patterns of salivary miRNAs” Isabella Manenti

“What cat caregivers don’t tell you … A comparison between survey responses and home videos of cat-cat interactions” Morgane Van Belle


“Validation of the Familiar Human Approach Test to evaluate human-animal relationship in dairy goats at pasture” Benedetta Torsiello

“The relationship between dog’s chronic stress, attachment behaviours and owner’s emotional support” Giacomo Riggio


“Blood parameters evaluated in sheep underwent to three different pasture management” Giovanni Armenia

“Owner attitudes towards cat collars and their use in central Europe” Christine Arhant


Poster teasers (2 1,5-min):

“A systematic review on appeasing pheromones in goats, sheep and wild ruminants” Gabriele Tebano

“Should animal welfare indicators be integrated into the environmental impact assessment of farms?” Lydia Lanzoni

Poster teasers (3 1,5-min):

“Efficacy of a synthetic feline facial pheromone (F3) in reducing undesired scratching: A randomized triple blind study” Joana Soares Pereira

“Quality of life and hair cortisol in dogs with chronic hepatic and intestinal diseases: a preliminary study” Verena Habermaass

“Shake it off! Using the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP)

to investigate the role of body shaking as an indicator of emotional relief in dogs” Giacomo Riggio


Coffee break


“Edible insects as food in Europe – state of art” Simone Mancini

“Presumed idiopathic epilepsy as a consideration for aggressive behaviours in an adult rottweiler dog” Terezia Balusikova


“Chicken-human interaction: can broiler chickens reduce their fear responses towards humans through social learning?” Javiera Calderón-Amor

“A collaborative approach to pet air travel – one dog’s journey” Katrin Jahn


“Pilot investigation of the hibernation patterns of rescued brown bears (Ursus arctos) housed in sanctuaries” Elena Stagni

“Trauma Informed Care- Is this a useful concept when considering the impact of adverse early experience in puppies?” Claire Corridan


“Evaluation of animal welfare and ethics teaching to UK zookeepers” Heather Bacon

“Investigating PTSD-like behaviours in domestic pet dogs following unexpected aversive acoustic stimuli: a case series” Jenthe Kwik


“Seasonal pattern of severe dog attack cases to humans in Southern Italy: a 10-year retrospective study” Daniela Alberghina

“Microbiome and metabolomic profiles in phobic and healthy dogs” Luigi Sacchettino


“Effect of human-animal relationship quality on linear and nonlinear parameters of heart rate variability in pigs” Daniela Luna

“Induced and spontaneous changes of the vomeronasal organ and their impact on life and behaviour of animals. A review” Pietro Asproni


“What does the British public want for farmed animals in the UK? The human- farm animal bond expressed through survey data” Steven McCulloch

“Successful treatment of complex regional pain syndrome in a mare” Gemma Pearson


Poster teasers (4 1,5-min):

“Performance of cloned minipigs belonging to three different clone populations in a detour test” Aurora Paganelli

“The effect of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug on the distance travelled by reindeer in the wilderness after castration” Hanna Nurmi

“A legislative perspective on traditional reindeer slaughter in Sweden and Norway” Ida Brandt

“Good enough? Animal welfare on organic laying hen farms in Sweden” Lina Göransson

Poster teasers (4 1,5-min):

“Anxiety and aggressive behavior as initial presentation of lipofuscinosis in an Australian Shepherd dog” Greta Veronica Berteselli

“A critical review of behavioral problems in geriatric cats” Maria Cristina Osella

“Feline travel anxiety contributes to caregiver burden among cat owners” Terttu Lamminen

“Separation anxiety is associated with high caregiver burden for dog owners” Mira Korpivaara


Lunch break


AGM College




Invited speaker BM&AWSEL: Prof. Micheal Mendl – ‘Optimism’ and ‘pessimism’ as markers of animal emotion, welfare and (perhaps) vulnerability to behaviour problems


“How do pets cope with air travel?” Katrin Jahn


“Waiting rooms are stressful – the effect of being in a veterinary waiting room on dogs’ fear, anxiety, and stress levels” Cecilie W.L.Larsen


“The importance of human-parrot relationship for parrot welfare: a systematic literature review” Andrea Piseddu


Fear free grant award


Coffee break




“Techniques used to euthanase dogs and cats by Australian veterinarians” Anne Quain


“Teleworking with dogs: Dog-caregiver interaction and relationship strength matters for ‘one welfare’” Joni Delanoeije


“Natural conflict resolution in animal kingdom: from ethology to animal welfare and behavioural medicine.” Alessandro Cozzi



Social dinner at 19:15 (registration needed): Villa Poschi

Posters no teaser

Alessandra LandiCase study on cryptorchidism in a horse from a medico-legal and animal welfare viewpoint
Giulia PignataroIn vitro effect of a nutraceutical supplement on the intestinal microbiota and SCFAs production of stressed behavior dogs
Beverley M. WilsonA qualitative exploration of the perception of fear and frustration in dogs and their differentiation by clinical animal behaviourists
Boglárka KöbölOwner opinion survey on the question of the housing conditions and welfare of horses
Caroline GilbertTowards a good practice guide for breeding livestock guardian dogs
Caroline GilbertBehavioral tests and study of the aptitudes of herding dogs (CANIDEA-IDELE project)
Chloe BattedouA study of small animal practitioners’ emotions in France
Ciska GiraultOwner in veterinary consultation: keep a positive attitude and watch your dog
Claire DiederichBehavioural evaluation of dangerous dogs as implemented in France: a survey among vet practitioners reveals need of framework
Dganit Ben-DovConsidering the Welfare of Assistance Animals
Durmus AtilganCan dog caregivers’ assessments be included in veterinary clinical pain assessment?
Elein HernandezPerformance and behavioral changes of turkeys in enrichment enviroments and different stocking densities
Elisa CodecasaGenetic selection in laboratory and farm animals: advantages and disadvantages for an animal welfare and an ethical point of view.
Elizabeth Ann WalshGuidelines and legal frameworks for canine-assisted interventions in EU countries
Elizabeth Ann WalshTo hug or not to hug? How body language and nonverbal cues are key to clarity in human-canine communication
Elizabeth Ann WalshEffect of enrichment on the behaviour of Binturong (Arctictis binturong) in captivity
Eva RicciAnalysis of the dominance concept in the domestic dog through the observation of intraspecific communication – preliminary results
Eva RicciTreatment of anxiety towards people and noise phobia in a mongrel dog through a multimodal approach
Evangelia N. SossidouCare4Dairy project: Developing Best practices for the Welfare of Dairy Cattle
Francesca DaiImproving donkey welfare through education: one year of the donkey academy
Giovanna MartelliEffects of the nebulisation of Lavender Essential Oil on the behaviour, skin and tail lesions of growing pigs
Greta BerteselliDiffusion of Precision Livestock Farming in Italian dairy industry and its perception related to animal welfare. Preliminary results.
Ilse ColicBehaviour Modification strategies for safeguarding a dog’s emotional welfare during air travel
Jennifer KennyAn evaluation of the walk training apprentice guide and assistance dogs receive and its influence on their behaviour and success
Julie Føske JohnsenThe effect of long or short debonding on separation related stress in a cow-driven dairy cow-calf contact system.
Kaan KermanIdentification of behaviours related to social separation in the domestic cat
Karianne Muri«Nobody really knows what you’ve done wrong”: A qualitative study of Norwegian turkey farmers’ perceptions about footpad dermatitis and how to manage it
Laura ContalbrigoVETeris guidelines: a One Health/One Welfare approach to elderly-animal bond
Laura ContalbrigoAnimal therapeutic neglect: when does it mean animal abuse?
Laura HänninenSleepless in stable – preliminary results on factors associated to suspected sleeping problems in horses
Laura ReiflerSocial fear or trauma? Generalising fear in a Border Terrier
Laura ReiflerDon’t leave me, I will panic! Or will I?
Lydia LanzoniComparison between air circulation and paddle fans in a dairy tie-stall barn in conditions of moderate/severe heat stress risk
M.A. GuillonAre podcasts a useful tool to spread to scientific knowledge about ethology to a broad audience?
Manuela MichelazziThe phenomenon of animal hoarding and its effects on the behavior of a sample of cats housed at municipal shelter of Milan
Martina FeliciEquine air transportation practices and welfare issues: preliminary findings
Matteo ChincariniUsing allostatic load to assess severity in buffaloes: preliminary results
Mira HämäläinenA new reversal learning test for horses
Nadja AffenzellerChanges in ground reaction forces during a startle response in a dog- implications
Simona NormandoAn Italian survey addressed to shelters’ workers: observations and opinions about shelter dogs behavioural problems and shelter features affecting dog welfare
Simona NormandoPrevalence of behavioural problems in rescued in rescued sighthounds rehomed in Italy
Solveig Marie StubsjøenAnimal neglect cases in Norway
Sophia HeppleCan we really have One (Animal) Welfare? Global variations in ethics and law in relation to painful procedures and unnecessary suffering in farmed animals.
Stefan GunnarssonBroilerNet – Practice and science broiler production innovation network
Susy CreatiniEvaluating on farm welfare of dairy sheep reared in semi-extensive systems
Tolga YildirimAre cat caregivers successful at evaluating emotional states of their own cats? Preliminary results
Valerie S.M. Jonckheer-SheehyImpulse Control Aggression in a Female Labrador: it’s not cured by medication alone!
Xiana CostasParoxetine as a pharmacological alternative in behavioral problems: a retrospective study