Recent advances in animal welfare science VI

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UFAW Animal Welfare Conference

Centre for Life, Newcastle, UK
28 June 2018



The field of animal welfare is a cross-disciplinary area of study that seeks to offer guidance and find solutions to the challenges raised by our caring for and interactions with both kept and wild animals. As part of its on-going commitment to improving animal welfare through increased scientific understanding of animals’ needs and how these can be met, UFAW is holding the sixth of its series of one day conferences on ‘Recent advances in animal welfare science’ on 28 June 2018.

This regular meeting, which is held in Newcastle this year for the first time, aims to provide a forum at which the broad and growing international community of scientists, veterinary surgeons and others concerned with animal welfare can come together to share knowledge and practice, discuss advances and exchange views.



The following talks will be presented at the conference: 

  • Andrews C, S Desire and M Bateson (Newcastle University, UK) Time flies when having fun: Could time perception offer a window on affective state?
  • Clegg ILK, HG Rödel, B Mercera and F Delfour (Université Paris 13, France) Anticipatory behaviour as a welfare measure? Cognitive bias linked to anticipatory behaviour in captive dolphins
  • Green J and C Witham (Newcastle University, UK) Developing new techniques to assess mental wellbeing in captive primates
  • Hewson CJ “Come back when it’s time”: The A-B-C yardstick for veterinary euthanasia decision-making
  • Khoo SY-S (Concordia University, Canada) Local anaesthetic refinement of pentobarbital euthanasia reduces abdominal writhing without affecting immunohistochemical endpoints in rats
  • Kittelsen KE, EG Granquist, AL Aunsmo and E Tolo (The Norwegian Meat and Poultry Research Centre, Norway) An evaluation of two different methods to manually catch broilers prior to transport and slaughter
  • O’Neill D, J Summers, D Church, L Collins, D Sargan and D Brodbelt (Royal Veterinary College, UK) New era of evidence-based, comparative welfare-scoring for canine disorders using veterinary clinical record data
  • Osthaus B, L Proops, S Long, N Bell, K Hayday and F Burden (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) Weathering the weather: Effects of the environment on donkey, mule and horse welfare
  • Packer RMA, F Fletcher and MJ Farnworth (Royal Veterinary College, UK) “Could not live without one”. Factors driving repeated purchase and recommendation of brachycephalic dog breeds
  • Petow S, B Eusemann, A Patt and L Schrader (Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany) The influence of age, egg production and 17ß-estradiol on keel bone length and fractures
  • Roughan JV and T Sevenoaks (Newcastle University, UK) Welfare versus scientific costs of mouse identification methods
  • Sandercock DA, JE Coe, MW Barnett, TC Freeman, P Di Giminiani and SA Edwards (SRUC, UK) Coexpression analysis of dorsal root ganglia from tail amputated pigs at different ages reveals long-term transcriptional signatures associated with wound healing and inflammation, and neuropathic pain pathways
  • Sinclair ARL, A Renouard, C Tallet, PJ Brunton, RB D’Eath, DA Sandercock and A Prunier (SRUC, UK) Long-term effects of piglet tooth resection on molecular markers of inflammation and pain in tooth pulp
  • Telkanranta H, E Paul and M Mendl (University of Bristol, UK) Measuring animal emotions with infrared thermography: How to realise the potential and avoid the pitfalls
  • Williams DL (University of Cambridge, UK) Using the Extended Welfare Assessment Grid to evaluate welfare in clinical settings

In addition there will be a poster session that will feature over 65 presentations. Download the list of poster presentations here.

Download a Timetable here

"Whey Aye Welfare!” event

Registration is now open for a social gathering on the evening prior to the conference in Newcastle, from 6.00pm on the 27th June.

Join staff and students from Newcastle University and delegates attending the UFAW conference for food, drinks and to learn about the exciting animal welfare research at Newcastle University via interactive exhibits.

Please click here for more information about this free event and to register attendance.

Background to UFAW:

UFAW, the International Animal Welfare Science Society, is an independent, scientific and educational animal welfare charity. The organisation promotes high standards of welfare for farm, companion, laboratory and captive wild animals and those with which we interact in the wild.


As part of UFAW’s commitment to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and to ensure that the meeting is accessible to widest range of those with an interest in animal welfare, we always try to keep the registration fee to attend this conference as low as is possible, this time at £60. Note: This price includes refreshments, including on arrival, and lunch.

A registration form can be downloaded here

You can register on-line here.

Confirmation of registration

When registering on-line an email confirming receipt of payment will be issued immediately. In addition, a letter confirming registration and a receipt will be posted to the contact address given on the registration form within two weeks of making payment.


The conference is being held at the Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP, UK. Located within a two minute walk from Newcastle Central Railway Station, the venue includes an award-winning Science Centre, a 4D Motion Ride and planetarium.

Travel information and downloadable maps of Newcastle can be found here and maps of the area surrounding the Centre for Life can be found here and here. Car parking is available at Times Square. A map of Newcastle Metro can be found here.


Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. There are a large number of hotels eg Holiday Inn Express, Jurys Inn within 5 minutes walk of the venue. Links to these can be found by visiting this  (Alternatively enter ‘hotels near Times Square, Newcastle’ into a search engine).

Terms and conditions:

  • Full payment of the fee must be received before a delegate can be registered.
  • Only delegates that are registered can attend the conference.
  • Delegates are requested to not photograph or record the scientific programme. Speakers have been asked to make .pdfs of their talks available to delegates after the meeting.
  • Registration is for an individual, not an institution, and is not transferable, unless this has been agreed in advance with UFAW. Failure to comply may result in such individuals being denied entry to the meeting.
  • In the event of circumstances arising beyond the charity’s control, UFAW reserves the right to cancel this symposium at its discretion without incurring any liability in respect of such cancellation and to return to delegates any monies received. Delegates who cancel their bookings within 4 weeks of the start of the conference will not have their registration fee refunded. Prior to this, refunds will be discretionary and will be returned less any handling fee and costs incurred.
  • UFAW cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor for loss of, or damage to private property of delegates, either during or directly arising from attendance at the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Contact Details:

Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8AN, UK.

Tel: +44 (0) 1582 831818; Fax: +44 (0) 1582 831414; Website:; Email: