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University of Bern (Switzerland)

Dr Mike Toscano 
Dept of Clinical Veterinary Science
Email: michael.toscano@vetsuisse.unibe.ch




In the second annual Swiss Walk and Talks, organized by the Division of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern, 35 animal welfare reseachers, including 22 Ph.D./MSc students, ventured into the beautiful Emmental region of Switzerland for two and a half days of scientific discussion and exchange.  Taking place in June 2015, funding provided by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) allowed for an external speaker, Professor Dan Weary of the University of British Columbia, to attend the event.  In addition to participating in the standard talks and hiking where his energy and experience was inspiration to the various participants, Professor Weary also gave his own talk on communicating science to the public. The event was a tremendous success and has now become an annual event thanks in part to the continued and gracious support of UFAW.


In June 2015, UFAW supported the attendance of Dr Dan Weary, University of British Columbia, Canada as an external speaker at a student focussed ‘Walk and Talk’ event at Berne, in which Swiss graduate students from a number of universities got together to talk about their animal welfare science focussed research. Dr Mike Toscano reported that Dr Weary fully particpated in all elements of the event and helped to bring an outside ‘international’ perspective to the students’ studies.


International Workshop on Keel Bone Damage in the commercial laying hen
Date: April 7-9, 2014
Held by the Division of Animal Welfare, VPH Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland
Location: Research Centre for Proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits, Aviforum, Zollikofen (near Bern), Switzerland

Click here to download the press release