Dr Robert Dixon Memorial Symposia Videos


2014 symposium - “Does Australia breed companion animals ethically?”

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The 4th Annual Robert Dixon Animal Welfare Symposium's focus was “Does Australia breed companion animals ethically?” The symposium was held on Monday 24th March 2014, in the Webster Lecture Theatre, the University of Sydney. Opened by Prof Rosanne Taylor, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, the symposium was chaired by Dr Chris Degeling, with panel members Ms Maryann Dalton, Dr Andrew Cornwell, Dr Bidda Jones, Prof Claire Wade, Dr Linda Beer, Prof Richard Malik, and Dr Karen Hedberg. View speakers biographies.

2013 symposium

2013 symposium (1 hr 10 mins, 235 MB)

The 2013 Dr Robert Dixon Animal Welfare Memorial Symposium 'The economics of welfare in intensive farming' was held Monday, 25 March at the University of Sydney. Opened by Professor Paul McGreevy, the symposium was chaired by Dr Chris Degeling, with panel members Ms Kathleen Plowman, Mr Grant Hilliard, Mr John Cordina, Dr Bidda Jones, Mr Philip Szepe and Dr Raf Freire (brochure pdf). To view the panel's biographies see here.

2012 symposium


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The 2012 Dr Robert Dixon Animal Welfare Memorial Symposium 'How should animals be used in the teaching of veterinary medicine and animal science' was held Monday, 26 March at the University of Sydney. The introduction was by Professor Paul McGreevy, with Dr Malcolm France as chair and panel members Professor Margaret Rose, Dr Adele Lloyd, Dr Catherine Tiplady, Dr Greg Cronin, Hon/Associate Professor Max Zuber, Professor Peter Windsor, Ms Sy Woon and Ms Victoria Andrews (brochure, pdf).

2011 symposium


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The inaugural annual Dr Robert Dixon Animal Welfare Memorial Symposium was held on Thursday 8 September 2011 at the University of Sydney. Introduced by Professor Rosanne Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and chaired by Professor Peter Windsor, the topic was 'Should Australia export live animals for slaughter?' (brochure, pdf).

The Symposium was a Question & Answer-style format and provided an opportunity for questions from the audience. Key participants in the discussion panel were Professor Peter Windsor, A/Professor John House, Professor Paul McGreevy, Dr Helen Scott-Orr, Dr Celeste Black, Mr David Crombie, Dr Bidda Jones, Ms Glenys Oogjes and Dr Mark Schipp. (MLA declined the invitation to attend.)

Dr Robert Dixon (1951-2011)
Champion for Animal Welfare

Robert Dixon graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with a BSc(Vet) degree before completing his BVSc degree in 1974. Robert completed his PhD in 1980 in New Zealand and returned to the University of Sydney in 1983 to take up an academic appointment within the Faculty of Veterinary Science. For many years Robert held the Faculty position of Sub-Dean Animal Welfare as well as serving on the University Animal Ethics Committee. Robert impressed his friends and colleagues with his determination, passion, positive attitude and sense of humour as he battled with ill-health throughout his life. Robert's email signature finished with a quote from Mohandas Gandhi - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

In Memory of Robert Dixon
Dr Jenny-Ann Toribio's article was published in the Winter Issue, Postgraduate Coursework newsletter (page 1), June 2011.


Duration: 1hr 22mins