Thursday 3rd October 2024:

08:00 – 08:30    Registration

08:30 – 09:00    Opening by Chair of the congress, Representatives of ECAWBM, ESVCE and AWSELVA



09:00Anne-Lise Dauphiné-MorerExploring non-humans intentions to rethink welfare.
09:15Claire DiederichThe beauty of the beast: suggestions for implementing ethical breeding practices for pet dogs in Wallonia (Belgium).
09:30Elina ÅsbjerAwareness, experiences, and opinions by owners, breeders, show judges, and veterinarians on canine Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS).
09:45Anne QuainEffects of annual vaccination on behavior and fecal microbiota in senior dogs.
10:00Elena GarcíaImpact of burnout and moral distress on mental health among small animal veterinarians.
10:15Alexandra LionnetDay-1 competencies in behavioural medicine for general veterinary practitioners and its impact on companion animal welfare.

10:30 – 11:00        Coffe break + Poster session

11:00 – 12:25         JOINT SESSION BM+AWSEL 



11:00Sarah WolfensohnEstablishing a welfare assessment framework to assess animal welfare impacts relevant to sustainability and One Health.
11:15Ciska De RuyverUrban animal welfare, how to move forward?
11:30Rachel DunnThe use of an animal welfare assessment grid for enforcement of animal laws.
11:45Andrea PisedduAchieving consensus regarding risk factors for companion parrot welfare: a Delphi study.
12:00Agnès TiretPotential implications at national level of the European Food Safety Authority opinion on the welfare of pigs on farm: priority areas for action in France.

12:15        Poster teasers (each: 1.5 mins presentation):

Vlatko IlieskiEvaluation of dog population management interventions with using of quantifiable indicators.
Lucie PalumboEnvironmental enrichment in French military working dogs.
Zeynep Bars YildirimMicroRNAs: the frontier in chronic stress assessment in dogs.
Yasemin Salgirli DemirbasEffects of annual vaccination on behavior and fecal microbiota in senior dogs.

12:25 – 14:00     Lunch break

12:25-13:25       AGM AWSEL & ESVCE




Invited speaker BM&AWSELProf. Bertrand L. Deputte Concepts in ethology as a fundamental and interdisciplinary basis for behavioural medicine.




15:05“Towards evidence-based guidelines for equine air transport: Risk factors and implications for horse health and welfare” Barbara Padalino“Identifying barriers to providing daily playtime for cats using COM-B analysis” Sarah Ellis
15:20“Sleep disorders in horses are associated with comfort of bedding” Heli Suomala“Factors associated with signs of uneasiness when interacting with people, in whippets and Italian greyhounds” Elizabeth Ann Walsh
15:35“Back health of horses used for animal-assisted interventions is associated with housing, equipment and use” Susanne Waiblinger“Breaking boundaries: enhancing training, perception, and providing future trajectories for human remains detection dogs” Clément Martin
15:50“An ethnographic study of chronic pain management in veterinary practice” Rebecca Smith“Rethinking grief: potential for grief-like responses in companion animals” Stefania Uccheddu

16:05      Poster teasers (each: 1.5 mins presentation)

Céline Robert: Development of a composite grading scale for facial expressions and posture to assess the level of fatigue in endurance horses.Joni Delanoeije: Like caregiver, like dog? Daily caregiver stress negatively predicts daily dog physical activity – but not heart rate variability – measured by a Garmin smartwatch and PetPace smartcollar.
Kati Tuomola: Is rein tension associated with horse behaviour and mouth injuries in harness racing trotters? – Pilot study.Simona Normando: How questions may shape answers on dog’s behavioural problems.
Beatrice Benedetti: Welfare-focused survey on the management and issues of the Italian Heavy Draft horse.Umut Burak Agan: Behavioural phenotyping in working dogs: exploring the genetics of behaviour.
Hye-Won Lee: The first investigation of horse-riding school in Korea.Elizabeth Ann Walsh: Factors associated with behavioural problems most frequently observed in rescue galgos.

16:15 – 16:35    Coffee break + Poster session




16:35“Poor translatability of biomedical research using animals — A narrative review” Kathrin Herrmann“Unravelling feline social dynamics – A video-based observational study on allogrooming in domestic cats” Morgane J.R. Van Belle
16:50“The use of alternative experimental techniques to reduce the use of animals in research procedures: the bioinformatics approach” Rajesh Durairaj“Evaluating potential risk factors for undesired scratching in domestic cats” Joana Soares Pereira
17:05“Is current regulatory toxicology out of step with 21st century technology?” Andre Menache“Conflict management in laboratory mouse: the role of a synthetic appeasing pheromone” Cécile Bienboire-Frosini
17:20“Are there limits for clinical veterinary research on one animal for the benefit of other animals?” David B. Morton“Assessment of a behavioural scale for the measurement of fear, anxiety and stress in dogs visiting the veterinary practice” Emma Gatehouse

17:35      Poster teasers (each: 1.5 mins presentation)

Aurélie Thomas: Making New Approach Methodologies the ethical solution to animal use in the pharmaceutical industry.Gemma Pearson: An interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment of an unusual presentation of proximal suspensory desmitis in a mare.

19:00     Welcome reception (free but registration needed)

Friday 4th October 2024:


  AWSEL session BM session
08:30 “Heritability of dairy cows’ response to an avoidance distance test” Conor Barry “Research of the effects of environmental modification techniques and diet with medium chain triglyceride molecules in the treatment of cognitive dysfuncton” Hilal Kurum
08:45 “Owner perceptions and management of firework-associated fear in dogs in the Greater Sydney area” Anne Quain “Retrospective study on the use of venlafaxine in cats with behavioral disorders” Sylvia Masson
09:00 “Decoding cat-human conversations: what is the influence of breed and sex on feline meows?” Monica Battini “Applicability and efficacy of non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation in anxiety disorders in dogs: an open-label trial” Sofie Salden
09:15  “Foxes in an urban wilderness: resident perspectives on cohabitation” T.S.L.L. Wynant “Use of lorazepam in stressed shelter cats: a case series” Mariin Pantelejev
09:30 “How we succeeded the ban of dog meat in Korea” Hye-Won Lee “Importance of interdisciplinary consultation and patient follow-up in animal hospitals” Nail Mert Bicakci

09:45       Poster teasers (each: 1.5 mins presentation): 

Kati White: Species’ influence on treatment decisions of wildlife casualties in Finland. Francesca Guagliumi: Thermal imaging as a diagnostic aid for identification of compensatory mechanisms in dogs with hip dysplasia: a problem behaviour case series.
Mariana Roccaro: When wildlife is not to blame: the case of “problematic” humans. Sofie Salden: The healthy canine brain model: non-invasive transcranial brain stimulation in the canine species.
Denise M. Remy: Recent changes in the law to prevent animal abuse in France: analysis and first assessment. Kevin J. McPeake: Relationship between canine physical health and cognitive function.
Andrew Knight: Vegan versus meat-based cat food: health and welfare outcomes in 1,369 cats, after controlling for feline demographic factors. Alice Garegnani: Behavioural features of dogs adopted in Northern-Central Italy from South.
Elena Stagni: Visual body condition score for brown bears (Ursus arctos) under human care. Beverley M. Wilson: A case series: movement disorders and concurrent discomfort.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffe break + Poster session


  AWSEL session BM session
10:30 “Making an impact on European policy-making: the crucial role of animal welfare scientists” Elena Nalon “How dermatologists are now able to include in their diagnosis behavioural auto-induced alopecia in cats: a study of three cohorts” Emmanuelle Titeux
10:45 “The National Centre Group for Animal Welfare: network and collaborative methodology” Agnès Tiret “Screening for association between mental and physical health condition of feline patients during veterinary consultation using Home Feline Stress Score” Noema Gajdoš Kmecová
11:00 “Developing a weighted model for composite pain-related biomarkers in farm animals undergoing management practices: a large-scale data analytics approach” Johann F. Coetzee “Behavioural tests for the diagnosis of ADHD-like in dogs” Susana Muñiz de Miguel
11:15  “Water consumption in sows as a predictor of the onset of farrowing and piglet survival” Eva Mainau “Convergent validity of owner used canine cognitive dysfunction rating scales” Daniel Mills
11:30 “Stockpeoples’ empathy and clinical conditions of dairy calves in cow-calf contact systems in comparison to farms practising early separation” Anna Rademann “Impact of the exposure and acoustic features of fireworks on dog behaviour in the UK” Sara Owczarczak-Garstecka
11:45 “Development and application of the first protocol to assess welfare of dromedary camels kept under pastoralism” Barbara Padalino “Comprehensive evaluation and management of behavioral and sleep disorders in a cat: a case study” Eleonora Amadei
12:00 “Occurrence and reasons for on-farm emergency slaughter of cattle in Northern Italy” Francesca Fusi “A comprehensive healthcare approach to veterinary behavioural medicine cases” Elizabeth Bailey
12:15 “Verification of key parameters for captive bolt stunning of cattle” Karen von Holleben “A study of the resilience of French veterinarians and nurses” Denise M. Remy

12:20    Poster teasers (each: 1.5 mins presentation):

Charlotte Berg: Compliance with animal welfare legislation at slaughter. Mathilde Guillon: Four cases of pain-related anxiety crises successfully treated with gabapentin in dogs.
Anna Valros: Two different restraining devices in connection to surgical castration: effects on piglet stress. Beverley M. Wilson: The role of pain management in the treatment of noise fear; a case study.
Satu Raussi: How to report the state of animal welfare widely and effectively? Greta V. Berteselli: Use of cannabis sativa in a senile dog with compulsive behaviour.
Antonia Patt: Pecking behaviour and plumage quality of five commerical laying hen hybrid lines. Luigi Sacchettino: Combining phenobarbital and potassium bromide with cannabidiol improved canine epileptic seizures: a case report of an anxious patient.
. Kevin J. McPeake: The relationship between the Canine Frustration Questionnaire and a panel of urinary neurotransmitters and their metabolites.

12:30 – 14:00    Lunch break
13:00                  AGM ECAWBM
14:00 – 15:00    JOINT SESSION BM + AWSEL

Invited speaker BM&AWSEL Alain Boissy Emotions, cognition and positive animal welfare: an inter-disciplinary approach

15:05 – 16:05     PARALLEL SESSIONS BM – AWSEL

  AWSEL session BM session
15:05 “First insights on Livestock Guardian Dog behaviour and management in 3 areas of extensive livestock raising: Chilean-Patagonia, South-Pyrenees, and Transylvania” Deborah Temple “A Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) with major depressive disorder: a case study outlining the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up” Sally Nixon
15:20 “Exploring the effects of animal-assisted interventions on dogs and people: a study in Lucca nursing homes” Carmen Borrelli “Improvement of gastric disease and ridden horse pain ethogram scores with diet adaption in sport horses” Violaine Pineau
15:35 “Understanding human-animal interaction dynamics and patterns during work and non-work time” Joni Delanoeije “Horse owner experiences of managing horses on box-rest in the UK, including reported behaviour changes” Catherine Featherstone
15:50  “Perceptions and attitudes towards free-roaming cats and dogs in Portugal: a cross-sectional study” Alexandre Azevedo “The relationship between unwanted equine behaviours and pain; within an interdisciplinary team” Gemma Pearson

16:05 – 16:30        Coffee break + Poster session

16:30 – 17:30         JOINT SESSION BM + AWSEL

16:30 Andrew Knight The sustainability and animal welfare benefits of vegan pet food
16:45 Camille Bezançon Opinion of the French Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (FRCAW) on the initial actions to be taken within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Domestic Carnivores (OCAD)
17:00 Veronique Neuvens PEACE (Programme Educatif – Activités Chiens/Enfant): A dog bite prevention program based on an interdisciplinary approach
17:15 Caroline Gilbert How dogs’ facial and postural mimics can be related to emotional contexts?
17:30 Saara Junttila Associations between cognitive traits and everyday behaviour in the domestic dog

17:45 – 18:00 CONCLUSIONS of 6th EVCBMAW

19:00              Social dinner (registration needed)

Posters no teaser


Alenka Dovč

Exotic animals in Slovenia

Alessandra Laureano

Case report: Holistic approach for behavioural problems in an Abruzzese shepherd dog

Alexandra Harlander

Can prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharide supplementation modulate the central serotonin metabolism of socially stressed mature laying hens of two genetic strains?

Angela del Carro

Expression of behavioural traits in Bernese Mountain Dog

Anna L. Palmetzhofer

Adapting unstructured fully slatted pens towards improved pig welfare: which measures did selected Austrian farmers choose?

Annalisa Previti

A case study of veterinary malpractice: a medico-legal viewpoint

Bronwen Bollaert

Multidisciplinary approach to managing a complicated feline case with behavioural signs

Caroline Gilbert

Welfare indicators for horses housed in active stables

Catarina Stilwell

Characterization of welfare indicators and non-compliances in animal welfare legislation: a close-up on Portuguese pig farms

Christelle Fontaine

How do the owners of intact male dogs perceive neutering? Results of a French survey

Ebru Yalçin

Enhancing the effectiveness of multimodal environmental modification using a digital health application in the treatment of feline idiopathic cystitis

Elein Hernandez

A systematic review of infrared thermography as a tool for assessing poultry welfare

Eleonora Nannoni

Effects of the administration of live larvae as enrichment material on weaned piglets behaviour

Elizabeth Ann Walsh

Factors affecting attitudes to training methods used in the training of horses and dogs

Francisca Ferreira

Portuguese dairy farms: a close-up regarding five animal welfare indicators and non-compliance with current legislation

Gemma Pantaleo

Animal welfare perception and knowledge among people living in Malta. Preliminary results

Kevin J. McPeake

Frustration and heart rate variability in the dog

Laura Contalbrigo

Factors affecting some behavioural characteristics in Maine Coon cats as rated by their caretakers

Mariin Pantelejev

Welfare aspects of a “spirit cats” outdoor pen housing system for feral cats

Mathilde Guillon

A critical review of potential ridden-horse welfare indicators

Matteo Caccin

Behavioural effects of a scatter feeding enrichment program on 3 captive jaguars

Morgane J.R. Van Belle

Spontaneous Spitz-like tail postures in two domestic cats

Rebecka Westin

Ask the sow – Swedish farmers’ opinions on a benchmarking tool for animal welfare assessment

Rossella Zanetti

Factors affecting the most prevalent behavioural problems in recently adopted sighthounds from Spain

Rossella Zanetti

The effect of two forms of environmental enrichment on shelter dogs’ behaviour

Sara Boero

Assessment of movement and allopregnanolone of dogs exhibiting depressive-like symptoms: a pilot study

Sara Platto

One Welfare: bibliometric review of world literature

Simona Cannas

Feline hyperesthesia: analysis on the approach to the syndrome

Simona Normando

Assessing well-being, autonomy and fairness in relation to animal-human interactions in companion animal veterinarians

Valentina Gazzano

Cognitive bias in zebrafish: a meta-synthesis of the literature

Viktor Jurkovich

The effects of summer heat on dairy calf mortality