21st March 2023
UCD Campus

The Economics of Animal Welfare in Financially Challenging Times

We are truly honoured to welcome you to the AWSELVA’s first face- to- face meeting since Covid and our first meeting in Ireland!

This event will focus on the challenges presented when balancing the welfare needs of individual animals, groups/herds and society against current environmental/political/ financial climates. AWSELVA recognise the invaluable benefit of collaborations with our related disciplines, which are both diverse and many! This conference is open to anyone with an interest in animal welfare science, ethics and law, irrespective of their background or affiliation with the subject.


Abstracts are invited on the theme of the economics of animal welfare: research, reviews, case studies or novel formats are all welcomed!


Abstracts should be no more than 250 words (either free prose or subdivided into sections such as Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion).

  • The following are not counted in the word count: study title, authors’ names and affiliation, up to 5 keywords and any references.
  • The presenter should be indicated (underlined) and their their name and email address provided.
  • Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a panel composed of AWSELVA members.
  • Abstracts will be 'blinded' before review, to ensure a fair and transparent process.
  • Presenters of chosen abstracts will be given free conference registration.
  • Chosen abstracts will be included in the AWSELVA newsletter


Deadline: February 9th 2023

Please email [email protected]


Time Event
8:30 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome and House-keeping Dr Vanessa Ashall, AWSELVA
9:45 am 'Animal welfare policy in Ireland: challenges and future directions' Dr Eoin Ryan, DAFM
10:15 am 'What is good animal welfare worth to us and how do we achieve it?' Dr Laura Boyle, TEAGASC
11:15 am Coffee break
11:45 am 'The impact of financial constraints on animal welfare' Dr Ian Futter, SSPCA
12:45 pm Short paper session
1:15 pm Lunch and Poster Session
2:00 pm 'Local authority vets– life on the coal face' Dr Paul Mc Dermott, VETERINARY IRELAND
3:00 pm 'Where have all the vets/ VNs gone– assessing the welfare impact of staff shortages in veterinary practice' Melanie O’Donoghue, VET ASSIST
4:00 pm Coffee break and poster session
4:30 pm Short paper session
5:20 pm Closing remarks
5:30 pm Meeting close
7:30 pm Conference dinner

Ticket Prices 

Members: £100

Non-members: £125

Students: £50

The conference dinner will be held at the The Goat Grill at 7.30pm. There is no need to pre-pay for this but if you could indicate if you would like to join us by adding the 'Conference Dinner' Ticket into your order, this will help us to know numbers

All Ireland Animal Welfare Science Research Forum

Following on from this conference, you may wish to stay for a second day to join in the All Ireland Animal Welfare Science Research Forum. This will be an exciting one-day research forum to discuss animal welfare science in Ireland, organised by UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. You can get more information and purchase tickets from: 

All Ireland Animal Welfare Science (AWS) Research Forum Tickets, Wed 22 Mar 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

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