Animal Shelter Meeting 2018


On 20.10.2018 the 1st Animal Shelter-Meeting took place in the lecture hall A of the Vetmeduni Vienna.
Around 150 animal health workers, veterinarians, students and interested people took part in the event, organized by Dr. Christine Arhant and Dr. Ines Windschnurer (Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare). They did not only learn about animal welfare on a scientific basis in the course of many informative lectures, but also had the opportunity to speak directly with experts in this field from home and abroad, such as Dr. Nadja Affenzeller, Dr. med. Irene Bruckner, Dr. med. Giulia Cimarelli, Dr. Ing. Barbara Schöning and the organizers. The event was moderated by Mag. Karin Bayer, manager of the Clever Dog Labs. We thank you for your interest and your participation and look forward to follow-up events!



European Veterinary Congress of Animal Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare: "Enhancing animal behaviour and welfare - through optimising human behaviour change" – September 2018

From 27.-29.September 2018 this year's Veterinary Congress took place in Berlin.

Our institute was represented by four participants who gave the following presentations:

Annika Lange: "Talking to cows: Reactions to playback and ‘live’ talking during human-cattle interactions" 2

Ines Windschnurer: "Associations of caretaker attitudes with alpaca behaviour" 3

Christine Arhant: "Prescription of psychotropic drugs for dogs during New Year´s Eve by Austrian and German veterinarians and their attitudes to noise aversion" 4

Susanne Waiblinger: "Nociceptive threshold of goat kids undergoing injection of clove oil or isoeugenol for disbudding - a preliminary study"


Claire Toinon

Claire Toinon 5 is working on prosocial behaviours in farm animals, under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Loup Rault.
She graduated in agronomy from the Engineering school ENSAIA (French National Graduate School of Agronomy and Food Industry). She showed an early interest in animal welfare, and conducted two internships, at the University of Guelph (Canada) on feather pecking in laying hens with Alexandra Harlander and Patrick Birkl, and at Aarhus University (Denmark) on the relationship between lameness and touch-test results in broilers.


Hunde Uni Bern - Juli 2018

The “HundeUniBern”s team members are the behavioural biologist Dr. Stefanie Riemer, the veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine Dr. Maya Bräm and the biologist Annika Huber, MSc. The HundeUniBern is part of the Unit “Animal welfare” of the Vetsuisse faculty of the university Bern and deals with basic and applied research in behaviour, cognition and emotions of pet dogs. To celebrate its foundation a two day workshop with international experts in the field of companion animal behaviour science took place in April 2018. Dr. Christine Arhant of the Institute of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare of the Vetmeduni Vienna presented her work in a talk called „Supervision of child-dog interactions – implications for dog-bite prevention“.

Link zum Workshop 6


Editorial Board of the Nature journal Scientific Reports

From June 2018 Irene Camerlink 7 has joined the Editorial Board of the Nature journal Scientific Reports. If you have a manuscript related to animal behaviour or animal welfare that you like to submit to Scientific Reports then you can indicate her as suggested editor. 


Jason Yee

Jason Yee 8 is working on prosocial behavior with a focus on developing neuroimaging capacities in farm animals for application to the study of animal welfare.

He spent the last 5 years dually appointed as a research scientist at the Center for Translational NeuroImaging at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). During this time he developed neuroimaging in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster), a socially monogamous and biparental rodent, as a social neuroscience platform for better understanding the neural basis of complex social behaviors. He received postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago from C. Sue Carter and Stephen Porges in behavioral neuroendocrinology and psychophysiology, respectively, with projects centered around the role of oxytocin in regulating body and brain during stress. He received his doctorate in Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago (USA) working on affiliative social reciprocity, mammary tumorigenesis, and lifespan with Martha McClintock, as well as sex differences and behavioral consequences of immune activation with Brian Prendergast.  


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