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3rd edition of the Research Training Workshop!

April 24th - 25th 2020

Organised in collaboration with and hosted by University of Southern Denmark

Limited to 35 participants.

Promoting optimal animal welfare is one of the goals of professional organisations housing wild and domesticated animals of a variety taxa, whether housed in zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries, research facilities or other. To understand the welfare of animals, we need to use a cross-disciplinary and mixed methods approach in order to try to gain insights in the physiological and psychological welfare, ranging from negative to positive. Some research can be done by observation or by collecting samples, such as hair or faeces.

To answer other questions, we might need the cooperation of the animals for them to participate in their care, such as weighing, receiving medicine, blood and breath samples, as well as solving cognitive and physiological challenges posed to them. To be able to collaborate with animals through good human-animal relationships, two-way communication and positive reinforcement are at the core of developing research training programs. This 3rd research training workshop will focus on animal welfare and evidence-based approaches, training that promotes positive welfare while gaining insight into a wide variety of animal welfare related topics.

The workshop will also focus on the importance of translating what we know through science into practices and opportunities for animals, and the need for short- and long-term monitoring and evaluation of animal welfare.

Kerteminde, Denmark


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