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One Welfare Conference II

One Welfare Conference II

The CVE is honoured to be accepting the baton from Canada to host the second international One Welfare Conference in Sydney, Australia.

What is One Welfare?

One Welfare is a framework that recognises the inextricable links between

  • Animal welfare
  • Human wellbeing
  • Environmental sustainability

It is a cross-disciplinary space promoting collaboration to address complex, 'wicked' problems to establish outcomes that benefit humans, animals and the environment. These include issues such as climate change, drought and water supply, animal hoarding, food security and nutrition, conservation and the changing human-animal interface.

Conference objectives

This event is designed to gather national and international experts across animal welfare, human healthcare, conservationists and environmental scientists to learn from one another. By bringing together public and private stakeholders, including those from government, academic, non-profit organisations and industry, we can discuss research, best practices, models and policies that have succeeded – or not – in managing these complex problems.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Create a unique, positive environmental for sharing of expert knowledge and establishing networks
  • Share and troubleshoot solutions from across regions, states, and countries, in both private and public sectors
  • Identify and analyse legislative barriers and brainstorm solutions
  • To strengthen the international One Welfare network

This event is organised in collaboration with the ‘One Welfare’ project node of the Charles Perkins Centre

Organising Committee

Anne Fawcett

BA (Hons) BScVet (Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVetStud GradCertEduStud (HigherEd) MANZCVS DipECAWBM(AWSEL)

Anne Fawcett is a companion animal veterinarian, and a lecturer at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. She is a member by examination in the animal welfare chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law.

She co-authored the book Veterinary Ethics: Navigating Tough Cases with Dr Siobhan Mullan, and is the author of numerous academic publications including peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her research interests include animal welfare and ethics.

In addition, Anne was co-editor of the Vet Cookbook, an initiative to promote mental wellbeing in veterinarians, nurses and others working with animals.

Paul McGreevy

BVSc, PhD 

Paul is a riding instructor, veterinarian and ethologist. He is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the University of Sydney’s School of Veterinary Science. The author of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications and seven books, Paul has received numerous Australian and international awards for his research and teaching innovations. He is a co-founder and honorary fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science. With federal funding, he leads a consortium of all the Australian and NZ veterinary faculties that has developed the One Welfare portal, delivering curriculum resources for the teaching of animal welfare science and ethics. He also leads the VetCompass initiative that has brought together all of the Australian veterinary schools to provide national disease surveillance for companion animals and horses. 


Amelia (Millie) Cornish

BSc, BA, MBus, PhD Candidate

Amelia is a PhD candidate within Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. Her research interest is in the study of consumer food purchasing behaviour for animal-derived products, in particular, the awareness consumers have of modern farming practices, and the level of concern they have for the treatment of animals in food production. Amelia has a Master of Business and a Bachelor of Art and Science. Before starting her PhD, Amelia worked in animal advocacy for over 4 years in both the UK and US.


Dale Douma

B.Sc. (Ag.), DVM, PhD

Dale received a B.Sc. (Ag.) from the University of Manitoba and completed his DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, prior to working as a mixed animal veterinarian in rural Manitoba.  He returned to the University of Saskatchewan completing a Ph.D. in Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

Since 2008, Dale has worked with Manitoba Agriculture serving in various roles such as the Veterinary Lead for Animal Welfare Programs, the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer, and currently as the Veterinary Public Health Epidemiologist.  He also co-chairs the Manitoba One Health Steering Committee. In these positions, Dale has had the opportunity to participate with agricultural industry, animal welfare enforcement, and public health organizations as well as engaging in disease outbreak preparedness and response activities. In 2016, he spearheaded and co-chaired the inaugural International One Welfare Conference hosted in Winnipeg that focussed on the human impacts of animal health and welfare issues including those associated with disease outbreak response.

Richard Rusk


Richard Rusk received his Bachelor’s degree of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1992 and his Medical Doctors degree in 2005 from University of Manitoba.  He went on to specialise in Public Health with an emphasis on Zoonotic diseases.  He worked as a Medical Officer of Health for the Health Ministry in Manitoba, with a focus on developing a One Health approach to zoonotic disease management in the health industry.  He has been instrumental in developing the One Welfare aspect of One Health in Canada through collaborative work between Manitoba Agriculture and Manitoba Health and nationally through work with the National Farm Animal Health and Welfare Council.

In his spare time, he works in a community medicine practice,  helps with teaching medical students and does triathlon.

Patricia Turner


Patricia Turner is a laboratory animal veterinarian and pathologist who works as Corporate Vice-President, Global Animal Welfare for Charles River Laboratories. In this role, she is responsible for assessing welfare risks and developing animal welfare policy and related training. Previously, Turner worked as a tenured professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, where she was also Program Leader for Laboratory Animal Science and her lab conducted research in infectious disease and applied animal welfare. Turner completed a BSc in Biochemistry (McMaster University) and an MSc in Pharmacology (Dalhousie University), prior to a DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. After two years of mixed practice, she returned to the University of Guelph for a Doctorate of Veterinary Sciences in Comparative Pathology. Turner is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), the American Board of Toxicology (ABT), and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (specialising in Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law; ECAWBM). She is current President-Elect of the World Veterinary Association and an author and editor of many academic publications on animal welfare and ethics, laboratory animal science, and small mammal pathology.

Conference Speakers

One Welfare Book

Contemporary and thought-provoking, this book provides a definition of the concept of One Welfare: A Framework to improve Animal Welfare and Human Wellbeing. The book establishes a conceptual framework, in 5 sections, resulting from a 3-month global consultation on a draft proposal comprising nine areas. 

You can purchase this book via the registration link below 

Note: 25% of printed book sales profit from this website will go towards the crowdfunding campaign to make the e-book free access and 75% into the One Welfare Community Interest Company to support the dissemination and implementation of One Welfare. More information here 


Monday 14 - Tuesday 15 October 2019
8.00 - 6.00
TAG Family Foundation Grandstand
Oval Number 2, The University of Sydney
(Opposite the Veterinary Science Conference Centre)
Camperdown NSW


BA, Psychology, PhD, Zoology

David Fraser is Professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His long career has focused on the behaviour and welfare of farm, companion and wild animals ranging from pigs to cows to moose. He has served as a scientific advisor on animal welfare science and policy to many organizations including the World Organisation for Animal Health (Paris), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Rome), and the Food Marketing Institute (Washington). Prof. Fraser is an enthusiastic teacher who mentors many graduate students. He is the author of many publications including the popular introductory book Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context. In 2005 he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for his work as ‘a pioneer in the field of animal welfare science’. 


Rebeca García Pinillos qualified as a vet at the University of Zaragoza, Spain and completed a PhD at the University of Reading, England. Rebeca is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and a certified specialist by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in animal welfare, ethics and law. She has worked in general practice and veterinary government work since 2001, joining Defra as Veterinary Adviser in 2008. Rebeca has also volunteered with exotic animals and is an internationally recognised animal welfare lecturer and speaker on animal welfare, teaching and speaking across Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Rebeca is the current President of the Association of Government Vets and founder of the non-profit social enterprise One Welfare Community Interest Company, which started as a voluntary project, launching a global consultation to define and create a One Welfare framework as a complement to One Health and creating social media platforms and a web presence to help expand and disseminate the concept and related work. Initiatives launched to date supporting these objectives are the publication of the One Welfare Framework book and the projects One Welfare World and One Welfare Phoenix.


Mark Schipp was appointed Australian Chief Veterinary Officer in 2011.  In 2012 he was elected to the OIE Council and in 2018 was elected President of the OIE General Assembly. Together with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Schipp chairs the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also a member of the Animal Health Committee. Previously Dr Schipp has held positions responsible for animal derived food product inspection, market access and export certification. Dr Schipp served two terms overseas as Agriculture Counsellor in Seoul, South Korea and in Beijing, China. Mark is a biology and veterinary graduate of Murdoch University. After graduation he worked with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture.  


BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhil

David is the Leonard P. Ullman Chair of Nutritional Ecology, and Nutrition Theme Leader at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. His expertise in nutritional ecology focuses on how the behavioural and physiological interactions of animals with their environment influence health and wellbeing. He has extensive experience in applying this approach to wild animals, production animals, companion animals, and humans. David holds concurrent appointments in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, and is Adjunct Professor in the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study. He has published one book and over 200 scientific papers.

Member typeFeeFeeFee
Recent Grad / Part-time Member / Nurse$252$126$40
University Staff / Academic Members$252$126$40
Non-member / eMember$504$252$40

Nurses and students are encouraged to register for this conference by calling the CVE customer service team +61 2 9351 7979

NEW CVE Practice Member Benefit! Practice registration is available for those Practice Member clinics keen to share this educational experience amongst the team by sending different vets on different days. Contact our friendly customer service officers at or call +61 2 9351 7979 to find out more and register.



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