Companion Animal Conference 2018
Human Behaviour Change for Animals

17 - 19 September 2018

The Conference

Since 1995, the biennial Companion Animal Conference has welcomed hundreds of animal professionals, advocates, scientists and scholars from within New Zealand and around the world.

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council is pleased to warmly invite you to attend the 27th Companion Animal Conference, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 17 to 19 September 2018.

The theme of the 2018 conference is Human Behaviour Change for Animals.

Why? Because if we do not understand why humans do the things they do, and what drives them to change, we will never be effective at making the world a better place for animals. To change human behaviour we must understand the attitudes and beliefs that motivate human behaviour in relation to animals and provide solutions to develop more compassionate behaviour towards animals.

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council is honoured to be able to provide an opportunity to network, share experiences and learn from leading national and international experts in Animal Welfare and Human Behaviour Change at the 27th Companion Animal Conference as part of our ongoing vision to 'create a nation that values, respects and responsibly cares for companion animals.'

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The 2018 Companion Animal Conference is delivered in partnership with SPCA New Zealand and Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and supported by Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA).

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Registration is now open. Pay by 30 June 2018 to benefit from the Early Bird rate.

As part of the conference registration, you will be asked to complete a short survey on significant animal welfare issues in New Zealand and abroad.

Full conference registration includes participation in all talks on 17 and 18 September, your personal conference kit as well as lunch and refreshments on both days.

On 19 September, an invite only morning workshop will be held. Utilising the key principles of human behaviour change explored during the conference, this workshop will analyse the five animal welfare concerns and barriers to improvement most commonly identified by conference delegates. You will be asked to express your interest in attending this workshop when you register.

Registration Fees
Full Conference – Early Bird Fee (payment by 30 June 2018) $250
Full Conference – Standard Fee (payment from 1 July 2018) $290
Full Conference – Student or NZCAC Member* $250
Conference Dinner $100

* To be eligible for the student rate, you must upload a scanned copy of your current student ID when you register.
* NZCAC member organisations may receive a member's discount for up to 5 delegates.
* To become an NZCAC member organisation click here

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For the first time in over 25 years, the Companion Animal Conference is having a contestable abstract stream. Abstract submissions have now closed. Abstracts will be included in the full conference programme, which will be available on this website one week before the conference.

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Click here to download the 2018 Conference brochure (PDF - 550 KB).

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NZVNA Accredited

We are pleased to announce that the conference has been accredited by the New Zealand Veterinary Nurses Association (NZVNA). The following CPD points are available and, if requested, the NZCAC will provide veterinary nurses who attend the conference with evidence of attendance:

Day 1: 5 CPD points
Day 2: 4.5 CPD points
Day 3 (invitation-only workshop): 2 CPD points

Total for 3 days: 11.5 CPD points.

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CPD for Vets

The conference fits into the continuing veterinary education (CVE) category of CPD, with 1 hour of attendance equalling 1 CPD point. If requested, the NZCAC will provide veterinarians who attend the conference with evidence of attendance to complete your CPD records.


Conference Sponsors

The New Zealand Companion Animal Council gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its sponsors at this event.

Silver sponsors:

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Bayer is a world-class Life Sciences company in the fields of health care and agriculture. Our Animal Health business is committed to apply our capabilities and influence to improving animal well-being in areas where we can make a difference – not only through new and innovative products and services, but also by supporting the people who care for animals and the communities that depend on them.

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Bronze sponsors:

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