January AWSELVA / BVFLA conference: Legal implications for veterinary examinations?

17th January 2018

Mary Sumner House Tufton Street London SW1P 3RP United Kingdom

The conference has now ended, please see the document in the downloads section below for summaries of the talks.

A vet may be asked to assess an animal’s welfare by a range of people, including DEFRA, the RSPCA, the police and members of the public. When this happens, is the veterinary examination the starting point for animal welfare assessment or a missed opportunity?

Wednesday January 17th at Mary Sumner House, Tufton Street, London

9.30 – 10.00amRegistration
10amIntroduction from AWSELVA/BVFLA
10.15amDoes what goes on in the surgery have implications for society as a whole? (Liz Ormerod)
10.45amThe legal and professional implications of reporting concerns and disclosing case records. (Peter Jinman) 
11.15-11.45amCoffee break
11.45amCould an Animal Welfare Assessment Grid become a routine tool at clinical examinations?  (Sarah Wolfensohn)
12.20pmWhere, if at all, do blood tests and post mortem examinations fit into the assessment of farm animal welfare concerns? (Fiona Howie) 
2pmShould behavioural assessment come before, during or after the clinical examination when there are animal welfare concerns, and what do we do about those concerns?  (Kendal Shepherd)
2.30pmIf it all ends in a prosecution, do we have the right penalties available? (Emma Milne)
3.30pmPanel led discussion