Our Discussion Forums offer veterinary & animal welfare professionals a platform to engage with, discuss and reflect on some of the most pressing and controversial animal welfare issues. Over the years we have covered important companion animal topics such as: Is modern life incompatible with pet ownership?, Clinical excellence or overtreatment?, and companion animal population management. We have highlighted a few of our companion animal sessions below.
Don’t forget to download our reflective learning guide which will help you get the most out of our sessions. For some of our videos we have put together a list of questions for you to consider whilst watching, so be sure to read the video descriptions for these.
In this session we invited human medicine and veterinary experts to discuss the fine line that exists between clinical excellence and overtreatment in their own respective fields, comparing the two professions’ approach and possible practical solutions. This presentation is from Dr Polly Taylor, European veterinary specialist in anaesthesia and analgesia.
Fresh from a General Election in May 2015, this session explored population management issues relating to horses, cats and dogs. Experts considered whether there was a need for new governmental measures to control and regulate indiscriminate breeding, and if past policy failures had led to a ‘population crisis’ at the expense of the welfare of these animals.
Responsible pet ownership is one of the top concerns voiced by British vets, as modern lifestyles and consumer demands conflict with our ability to meet the five welfare needs of our nation’s pets. This discussion explored how the increase in pets in urban homes is compromising pet welfare and what can be done to address this.