From 30th September to 3 October, more than 200 specialists in animal welfare science and behavioural medicine attended the joint meeting from the European College for Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM), the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) and European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE). The meeting took place in the docklands of Bristol, allowing delegates to visit the historic ship SS-Great Britain during their coffee breaks.
The meetings hosted a great number of stimulating talks, ranging from the importance of animal forensic evidence in solving crime to the ethical dilemmas around kidney transplantation in cats. The conference proceedings can be found on: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/vetscience/documents/conference_proceedings.pdf
The annual general assembly of the ECAWBM College also took place. David Morton, UK, was elected as new President and Patricia Turner, Canada, as new member without portfolio (Animal Welfare). They will be assisted by the current Board members; Gonçalo de Graça Pereira, Vice-President, Lotta Berg, Secretary, Sarah Heath, Treasurer, Gary Landsberg and Jaume Fatjó.
The Board informed the AGM that it had now nominated David Morton to the 2015 EBVS award for Outstanding Contributions to the course of Veterinary Specialisation in Europe was given. The next ECAWBM congress will take place in Lisbon from 20 to 22 October 2016, and we are looking forward to see all of you there.