The Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) Spring Conference, “Animal futures: perspectives from ethics, law and social science”, will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

The programme will include presentations on companion animal obesity, veterinary euthanasia and stray dogs, among others, and will be delivered by leading UK and international experts from a range of disciplines.

The conference aims to stimulate discussion and debate on the major animal welfare challenges faced today and looking ahead.

Ed Varley, president of AWSELVA, said: “As public, political and scientific interest in animal welfare continues to grow, there is an ever-increasing role for a friendly and inclusive association like AWSELVA to provide expert information on animal welfare science, as well as relevant ethics and law.

“Each year we see evidence of growing animal welfare interest, both here and abroad, and AWSELVA will continue to grow in relevance for everyone pursuing their interests in this area.”

AWSELVA was founded in 1995, initially to provide assistance for veterinary surgeons enrolled on the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

It now welcomes members from a range of professional backgrounds, vets and non-vets alike, providing opportunities for all those with an interest in animal welfare to develop informed views.

The full programme and registration for this event can be found at the AWSELVA website.

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