The Programme

The Companion Animal Conference provides an opportunity to network, share your experience and learn from leading national and international experts in Animal Welfare and Human Behaviour Change.

Don’t miss your chance to be inspired by fascinating talks in the vibrant and multicultural City of Sails, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Overview

This will be updated as the programme develops. The full conference programme, including abstracts, will be available on this website one week before the conference.

Monday 17 September 2018 08:30 - 10:00 Registration
Monday 17 September 2018 10:00 - 13:00
13:45 - 17:30
Conference Presentations
Conference Presentations
Monday 17 September 2018 19:00 Conference Dinner
Tuesday 18 September 2018 09:30 - 13:00
13:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:30
Conference Presentations
Conference Presentations
Conference Close
Wednesday 19 September 2018 09:30 - 12:00 Workshop

Click here to download the 2018 Conference Booklet - 778kb PDF.


For the first time in over 25 years, the Companion Animal Conference will have a contestable abstract stream. Abstract submissions have now closed and are being reviewed by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council’s Scientific Committee. Authors will be notified via email of the outcome of the review process by 31 May 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Upload abstract submissions by using the Abstract Submission form, click here.
  • Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 6 May 2018.
  • Abstracts may be a maximum of 350 words.
  • Abstracts must include a 2-3 line lay person's summary.
  • The conference will include both oral and poster presentations. Please indicate your preference on your abstract submission. Note that some requests for oral presentations may need to be transferred to poster presentations. Further guidelines for oral and poster presentations will be provided.
  • Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process via email by 31 May 2018.
  • Abstracts will be published in the full conference programme, which will be available on this website one week before the conference.

Conference Workshop

On Day 3 of the conference (19 September), a half-day workshop will be held for invited delegates identified as representing the animal welfare industry. Utilising the key principles of human behaviour change explored during the conference, the workshop will analyse the five animal welfare issues and barriers to improvement most commonly identified by conference delegates. We will discuss the scientific and practical challenges of effecting human behavioural change in relation to these five animal welfare issues, with the aim of identifying actions that will enable potential solutions to the issues.

To enable this workshop to occur, we will ask all delegates to complete a short survey when registering for the conference and again during Day 2 of the conference. The results of these surveys will be shared with all delegates at the closing of the conference on Day 2. The results of both surveys will inform the discussion at the half-day workshop on Day 3.

When you register, please indicate whether you are interested in participating in the half-day workshop. Numbers are limited and will be by invitation only as we wish to ensure good representation from a range of animal welfare stakeholders.

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