Saturday, June 20, 2015

Canine behaviour, the greyhound industry, veterinary wisdom and animal welfare

Why do dogs do what they do? Find out for free online via the SPARCS 3rd International Conference on Canine Behaviour.

If you’re at a loss what to do this weekend and you’re interested in animal behaviour, you can’t go further than a TOTALLY FREE ONLINE SPARCS 3rd International Conference on Canine Behaviour. This is what thinking really should be about – getting experts together for presentations and discussion, and allowing everyone access.

You can choose to watch all day or simply “attend” the talks or panel discussion you’re interested in. You don’t even need to log in (which is good if you, like me, have reached “peak password”). SPARCS is a Washington-based non-profit organisation that was born out of a need to fuel research grants for graduates and PhD students in the field of canine science.

If you want to learn more about SPARCS, check out our interview with founder Prescott Breeden.

Or just log on and find out what’s happening in the world of canine behaviour science here.

Do you have a view on the welfare of racing greyhounds? Here is your opportunity to make your views heard.

The Working Dog Alliance, La Trobe University and Greyhound Racing New South Wales are collaborating on a survey to find out what you think about the way racing greyhounds are managed.

You don’t need to work with greyhounds to provide a viewpoint – the online survey can be completed by anyone, whether you are a greyhound owner, racer, member of an animal advocacy group or the general public.
To participate you must be over 18 and fluent in English. The survey takes 10-15 minutes and is completely anonymous. Pour yourself a cup of tea and click here.

If you’re a vet and you’re interested in giving back to the profession, here’s a fun way to do it. Dr Richard Nap is currently calling for contributions to the Vet Coach Project. It’s a collection of reflections and tips from vets all around the world – and you don’t need to write pages. Just around 300 words (shorter than this post!) with your reflections/tips and another 250-300 biography.

Dr Nap is currently compiling an edition for Australia/New Zealand and looking for those who can answer the question:

“What did you learn after graduation that could help young colleagues optimise their career start?”

For information on the project visit the website here.

To find out about the Australia/New Zealand edition visit The Australian Veterinary Association site here.

Are you working on a project that could reduce the suffering of animals in industrialised farming systems or the commercial kangaroo industry? If so you may be eligible for a 2015 Voiceless Grant. Voiceless is seeking to fund projects which change attitudes or increase awareness about anmal suffering, encourage the public to take action for animals in their personal lives or work to modify or create new laws or policies to further animal protection in Australia.

If that is what you’re up to click here to find out how to apply for a grant. Applications are due by 5pm July 15.