Friday, May 1, 2015

Links: webinar, animal welfare courses and more

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Can understanding fish owners help fish? 
This week we’ve heard of plenty of opportunities to learn more about animals, so here they are.

The Fish Vet alerted us to this free webinar on dealing with aquatic animal owners and their attitudes to fish.

Veterinary practice involves not just treating animals, but also dealing with their owners. In this webinar we will discuss why people choose to keep fish and how this is related to public attitudes about fish. In particular, we will cover why fish owners are often reluctant to seek professional veterinary help and how this could be changed. You will learn key theories and strategies about human behaviour, and how you can evaluate, accommodate, influence and improve outcomes for you, the client, and the health and well-being of the client's animals.

To attend, visit here.

AMRRIC, VBB and University of Melbourne are inviting people to attend the ‘Dogs and people: Are we making a difference?’ workshop on the 16th May at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus.  

Through various presentations, the half day workshop aims to encourage improved dog population management monitoring and evaluation, as well as workshopping ICAM’s recently released report 'Are we making a difference? A Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Dog Population Management Interventions’, available from: http://www.icam-coalition.org/

The invite is being extended to organisations and individuals involved with dog population management programs both within Australia and overseas, as well as experts in the field of program evaluation.

The event is free; it’s sure to be an excellent learning event, as well as a great opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Dr Andrea Britton on chair.pd@vetsbeyondborders.org by 8th May.

The RSPCA is running an animal welfare seminar on May 8. Check here for details.

For something a bit lighter, how about this multiple choice quiz from Science on how well you know your dog? (I did the quiz, is more about dogs in general which was a bit disappointing as I was looking forward to a dedicated quiz about Phil, but a nice reminder of current canine science).

Finally, we had the honour of being interviewed by Tara Mathews, food blogger extraordinaire from VegeTARAian. We traversed a lot of ground: blogging, food memories and sources of inspiration. Read it here.

If you want to read more about Tara, check out SAT’s interview with her here.


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