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Monday, May 23 • 08:15 - 09:15
Quality of life assessment in companion animals

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Quality of life is a frequently used phrase in small animal practice. What does it actually mean? How can it be systematically assessed? Why would you want to assess quality of life? In this session, we will explore the theory and practice of quality of life assessment in order to understand the potential benefits and limitations of its systematic assessment. Unusually for many disciplines in veterinary science animal welfare has involved the use of many frameworks including five freedoms, three welfare definitions (mental, physical & natural), three R’s and five domains. These have been useful to guide assessment of animal welfare (science), moral obligations towards animals (ethics) and societal expectations (policy). It is argued here that quality of life assessment can help us understand these three critical issues for companion animals. This is particularly true with respect to the emerging field of palliative and hospice style care for companion animals. What is the welfare impact of extensive medical interventions at the end-of-life? How far should we go and to whose benefit? Should we regulate such services?

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Professor David Main

Professor of Animal Welfare, University of Bristol
David Main is a Head of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group and Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol Veterinary School. His research interests include welfare assessment, intervention strategies to improve welfare and animal welfare education in farm and companion... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 08:15 - 09:15 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre