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  • Special Issue - ANIMALS

    Special Issue - ANIMALS

    The journal "Animals" will publish a special issue next year on "Human influences on the behaviour and welfare of zoo animals". Paul Hemsworth is guest editor for the issue which aims to present recent research and reviews on the implications of human-zoo animal interactions on zoo animal behaviour and welfare, with the aim of stimulating interest, understanding and exploration of this important subject. Further details - click HERE




  • New Director of AWSC

    New Director of AWSC

    The Board of the Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC) is pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Fisher has accepted its invitation to become Director of the AWSC and is confident that the AWSC will continue to thrive and grow in esteem as Andrew drives the Centre's RD&E activities over the next period.

    Former AWSC Director Professor Paul Hemsworth will maintain his research and teaching contributions within the AWSC and said that the Centre “will benefit from a new pair of hands at the wheel". As Director of the Centre since its inception in 1997, Paul has been responsible for leading and coordinating the overall allocated academic and research resources of the partner organizations in the Centre. Paul has a long academic track record with over 450 publications. He is in the top 1 per cent of scientists for individual impact in Plant and Animal Science according to Web of Science.

    The AWSC Board recognises Prof Hemsworth’s significant contribution to the Centre and said he leaves “huge shoes to fill,” but noted that Andrew is a fitting successor who brings decades of international experience in animal welfare and research leadership to the role.

    For full details, please see link below

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  • NAWRDE 8th Annual Forum

    NAWRDE 8th Annual Forum


    The 8th Forum of the National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Strategy was held at the University of Melbourne on 7th November. Over 100 attendees heard from speakers including Alan Tilbrook (NAWRDE Chair), Karin Schutz (AgResearch), Jenny Gray (Zoos Victoria), Grahame Coleman (AWSC UniMelb), Rowan McMonnies (Australian Eggs), Dana Campbell (CSIRO), Peta Taylor (UNE), Rebecca Morrison (Rivalea), Caroline Lee (CSIRO) and Paul Hemsworth (AWSC UniMelb) as they delved into the topic of environmental enrichment in the livestock sector.

    Please follow the link below to access the Powerpoint presentations and audio presentations from the 8th NAWRDE Forum.

  • Scientific commentary: animal abuse and cruelty in livestock production
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