Companion Animal Conference 2018
Human Behaviour Change for Animals

17th - 19th 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 on-going vision to 'create a nation that values, respects and responsibly cares for companion animals.'

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 the 17 and 18 September, your personal conference kit as well as lunch and refreshments on both days.

On the 19th of 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

* You will need to upload a scan of your current student ID to be eligible for the Student rate.
* NZCAC Member organisations may receive member discount for up to 5 delegates.
* To become an NZCAC Member organisation click here

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the Companion Animal Conference will have a contestable abstract stream. We invite you to submit abstracts relevant to the conference theme: Human Behaviour Change for Animals.

Abstract submissions close on 30 April 2018. Click here for our Submission Guidelines.

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Click here to download the 2018 Conference brochure (PDF 778kb).

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Conference Sponsors

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

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