BUILDING BETTER DOGS: Using what we’ve learned about genetic and experiential effects to improve dog welfare.

You're invited to attend the Animal Welfare Science Centre's upcoming “Building Better Dogs” seminar.

When: Thursday 11th February, 10.00am – 4.00pm (Registration, tea and coffee from 9.30am, Lunch provided)

Where: South 1 Theatre, Monash University, Clayton, Vic.


Keynote speakers:
Paul McGreevy (University of Sydney) - Breeding for quality of life

Mike Goddard (University of Melbourne) - Genetics of dog behaviour and breeding programs to improve canine welfare

Pauleen Bennett (Monash University) - Why behaviour is as important as conformation when selecting breeding dogs

Kate Schoeffel (Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders) - A model for an association of professional pet dog breeders

Plus panel/audience discussion with all keynote speakers

Students from the Animal Welfare Science Centre will also be presenting about their research:

Kate Mornement – Monash University - Community attitudes towards shelter dogs

Mia Cobb – Monash University - The experience of young dogs transitioning from the home environment into a kennel facility

Tammie King – Monash University - Identifying ‘ideal’ companion dogs for Australia

Vanessa Rohlf – Monash University - What makes people responsible owners?

and Lisa Tomkins – University of Sydney - The Sensory Jump Test: a measure of sensory laterality in dogs

Please register your intention to attend with Jeremy Skuse (Animal Welfare Science Centre) via email at by Fri 05 February

Full speaker details (including bios), map and registration details are included on the digital flyer which is available here (PDF file too large to post here).

Hope to see you all there!