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RSPCA Animal Welfare Seminar 2021

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Schedule

· Stage
Welcome to day one of the seminar
Chair: Dr Bidda Jones - Chief Science and Strategy Officer, RSPCA Australia / Official welcome: Richard Mussell - Chief Executive Officer, RSPCA Australia
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Introduction
Dr Sarah Zito - Senior Scientific Officer, RSPCA Australia
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Rethinking the role of shelters as a response to outdoor cats
Keynote Speaker: Dr Kate Hurley - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, USA
· Networking
Break
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Legal classifications as social constructions on the place of cats in society
Dr Sophie Riley - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
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Can I buy me a social license? Understanding risk, trust, social capital and contested science in the context of domestic cat management
Dr Lynette McLeod - Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of New England
· Networking
Break
· Stage
Connecting positively with cat semi-owners
Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand - Australian Pet Welfare Foundation
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Overview of Australian Local Government domestic cat management strategies
Nell Thompson - Secretary, Australian Institute of Animal Management & G2Z Coordinator
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Assessing suitability of cats for rehoming
Dr Gabrielle Carter - Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour, RSPCA Victoria
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End of day one and closing remarks
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Welcome to day two of the seminar
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New models for humane and effective cat management in shelters
Keynote speaker: Dr Cindy Karsten - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, USA
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Characteristics of cat hoarders and ways forward for better management
Dr Rosemary Elliott - President, Sentient, the Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics
· Networking
Break
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Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife: Using social science to inform and evaluate a community conservation program
Emily McLeod - Senior Social Science Research Manager, Zoos Victoria
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National Desexing Network (NDN) Cooperative Desexing Programs with Councils
Dr Joy Verrinder - Strategic Director, Animal Welfare League QLD, NDN & Getting to Zero
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Who let the cat out - overcoming barriers for cat containment
Dr Lynette McLeod - Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of New England
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Cat de-sexing programs - great partnerships achieving great outcomes
Dr Ann Enright - Shelter Veterinarian
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TassieCat: working with councils and the community to improve cat management and responsible cat ownership
Nikki Brookman - Regional Cat Management Coordinator, Tasmanian Cat Management Project
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Panel discussion with audience questions and speakers from this session
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Wrap up
Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer, RSPCA Australia
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RSPCA is the leading animal welfare charity in Australia - for all creatures great & small.