A symposium looking at behavioural problems in companion animals and leisure horses will be held in London on Wednesday, June 17.

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The event, called Animals Behaving Badly, has been organised by CABI – an international not-for-profit organisation that applies scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment – and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

The symposium, which is sponsored by Ceva, brings together experts researching problems in dogs, cats and horses to help understand the links between behaviour and welfare and the science that enables vets and behaviourists to advise on prevention or cure.

Lectures will include:

  • Bad behaviour: human faults and animal guilt, with Don Broom, emeritus professor of animal welfare at the University of Cambridge.
  • I’m telling you something’s wrong – how equine behaviour relates to welfare, with Roly Owers of World Horse Welfare.
  • How many is too many? Common behaviour problems in multi-cat households and welfare impact, with Alexandra Moesta of the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, Feline Behaviour and Welfare.
  • When the devil makes work for idle paws: how captive environment can lead to abnormal behaviour in animals, with Charlotte Burn of the RVC.
  • Canine behaviour and welfare: an epidemiological approach, with Lisa Collins from the University of Lincoln.

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Martin Whiting of the RVC.

The symposium takes place at the RVC’s Camden Campus. Admission is free, but attendees must register at http://bit.ly/1y6VuOW

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