Tuesday 12 March 2024 - Wednesday 13 March 2024


7 Alma Street
Hamilton Central Show in Google Maps

Contact Details

Denise Anglesey
Mobile: 0223607437

Cost and Booking



To book your space for this outstanding international conference, visit our website at

With more than two thirds of New Zealand households being home to one or more companion animals, a statistic that's mirrored across many countries around the world, promoting responsible companion animal guardianship is a priority.

This year's conference will consider how we can ensure a sustainable and humane future for companion animals in our society through consideration of how we manage their interactions with us, others and our fragile environment.


Proudly brought to you by: PD Insurance
Technology by: SVS Veterinary Supplies Ltd
Session Sponsors by: SpectraVET, Ziwi, Boehring Ingelheim, Animates Vetcare and Royal Canin

The conference day will consist of a full day of presentation from our speakers, followed by a facilitated panel discussion. There will be morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea with all breaks to enable delegates to mingle in the trade area. We reconvene later for our Assisi Awards gala dinner.

Day two (13th March) consists of a morning workshop to create some tangible outcomes from the previous day's discussions.


Dr Orla Doherty (University College Dublin, and The Animal Behaviour Clinic, Ireland)

Professor Kathalijne Visser (Professor of Human-Animal Interactions, Aeres University of Applied Science, Netherlands)

Asst Professor Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, PhD, CAAB, (Assistant Professor in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia in Canada)

Dr Susan Hazel (University of Adelaide, Australia)

Professor Madeleine Campbell (Professor of Veterinary Ethics, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham University, UK)

Dr Hayley Squance, currently working with international organisations such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)

Dr Heather Bacon OBE BSc BVSc CertZooMed SFHEA PhD MRCVS (Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the newly established School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Central Lancashire UK)

Dr Helen Beattie (MD, Veterinarians for Animal Welfare Aotearoa) as Panel Facilitator for the 'Great Debate' - Challenges for Companion Animals in a Changing World

We are pleased that the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare will open the conference.

For additional information, see our website at and follow our social channels for regular updates.

We look forward to seeing you in Hamilton in March.

Standard Day 1 Ticket $185, Day 2 Workshop Free
Standard Day 1 & Gala Dinner $250, Day 2 Workshop Free