Q&A with Discussion Forum speaker Sarah Wolfensohn


The 2018 Discussion Forum is rapidly approaching so we caught up with Sarah Wolfensohn, Professor of Animal Welfare at Surrey University and a speaker for our Big Debate session; Is insurance compromising quality of life?”


Sarah spent several years in both small animal and mixed practice as well being Named Veterinary Surgeon for several small pharmaceutical and biotech companies in her local area. Following this, she became Head of Veterinary Services at the University of Oxford. Sarah is now Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Surrey and also runs an independent consultancy on animal health and welfare.

We asked Sarah some quick-fire questions to find out more about her talk on measuring quality of life:

AWF: What are the key issues of your session topic and why is it important to the veterinary and animal welfare community?

SarahTo encourage consideration of quality of life over the longer term.  So often we think about the animal’s welfare at just one moment in time.  Welfare is about more than just health or productivity.

AWF: What are you hoping delegates will be able to take away from your session?

SarahThink about the consequences of the interventions they carry out – for the animal, for the owner, for their practice and remember that on admission to membership of the RCVS, every veterinary surgeon makes a declaration: “ABOVE ALL, my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to my care."

AWF: What is your favourite thing about the Discussion Forum?

SarahCatching up with colleagues and listening to new ideas about improving welfare

To find out more about the Big Debate session; “Is insurance compromising quality of life?” view the 2018 Discussion Forum programme.


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