AWSEL/BM 2023 Study Day

Wednesday 18th October 2023:

Meeting objectives – Provision of training in the welfare and behaviour of small mammals and reptiles to ECAWBM residents; outlining procedures related to residency, credentialing, and examinations to ECAWBM residents and supervisors.

Chairs of the Study Day: Ángela G. Martínez (BM) & Manuel M. Sant’Ana (AWSEL)

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


Organizing committee:

James Hunt, Chair of AWSEL
Helen Zulch, Chair of BM
Ángela Martinez, Chair of BM Education Subcommittee
Manuel Magalhães Sant’Ana, Chair of AWSEL Education Subcommittee
Elein Trujillo, AWSEL Training Officer
Peter Thornton, ECAWBM Vice-President
Anouck Haverbeke, ECAWBM President

Registration – 8:30 – 8:45




08:45 – 09.00 


Manuel Magalhães-Sant’Ana 


09:00 –09:40 

Rabbits Behaviour and Welfare 

Sarah Heath 

09:40- 10:20 

Ferrets Behaviour and Welfare 

Ángela G. Martínez 

10:20 – 11:00 

Guinea Pigs Behaviour and Welfare 

Gonçalo da Graça-Pereira 

11:00 – 11:20 

Coffee break 

11:20 – 13:20 

Behaviour and Welfare of Aquatic 

Turtles, Lizards and Snakes 

Martin Whitehead 

13:20-14: 30 


BREAKOUT SCIENTIFIC SESSION: BM and AWSEL residents parallel meetings 

14:30– 16:20 

Small Animal Behavioural Problems – Case Discussions 

Moderators: Sarah Heath, Gonçalo da Graça-Pereira and Ángela González Martínez 

Reptile Welfare Science, Ethics and Law – Case Discussions 

Moderators: Martin Whitehead, Manuel Magalhães-Sant’Ana 


Coffee break 

BREAKOUT SUB-SPECIALITIES SESSION: BM and AWSEL residents parallel meetings 

16:40 – 17:20 

UPDATES from the Chairs of the 3 Subcommittees (BM) 

UPDATES from the Chairs of the 3 Subcommittees (AWSEL) 

17:20 – 17:30 

Closing remarks 

Ángela González Martinez