Welfare Implications of Unethical Breeding and Psychological Trauma in Dogs

Conference dates and venue:

Date: Friday 30, Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2019
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
Venue: Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

Dog-friendly venue

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Each day equivalent to 6 hours of CPD for vets and vet nurses

Important: Please read the Terms and Conditions (T&Cs) here or under ‘Conference Fees’ below before purchasing an instalment plan

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Friday 30 August

Psychological trauma in dogs and the resulting array of behaviour issues   Dr Karen L. Overall (University of Pennsylvania)

The effect of trauma and stress on the brain and endocrine system   Dr Simon Gadbois (Dalhousie University)

The impact of poor breeding practices on health and fitness: an ethical balance sheet   Dr David Sargan (University of Cambridge)

Tackling puppy farming and its legacy   Linda Goodman (CARIAD)

Greyhounds: Breeding and Welfare   Susan McKeon (Forever Hounds Trust)

Canine mental health and well being   Dr Franklin McMillan (Best Friends Animal Society)

Q&A session

Saturday 31 August

The role of pain and disease in behaviour issues   Dr Rowena Packer (Royal Veterinary College)

Pharmacological interventions   Dr Karen L. Overall (University of Pennsylvania)

Nutritional deficits and supportive nutrition   Dr Lotte Davies (InsightPraxis)

Training interventions and rehabilitation   Amber Batson (IAABC)

Biting: assessment, implications, decisions and management   Julie M. Bedford (CCAB)

The role of play in rehabilitation   Dr Leticia Fanucchi (Washington State University)

Q&A session

Sunday 1 September

Olfactory training and stimulation as a potential tool for rehabilitation   Dr Simon Gadbois (Dalhousie University)

How to help the human help the dog: aspects of human-canine communication   Dr Márta Gácsi (Eötvös Loránd University)

Turning canine trauma victims into family dogs   Dr Pamela Reid (ASPCA)

Case histories: successes, compromises and happy endings   Dr Karen L. Overall (University of Pennsylvania)

How to address the root problem: A model for dog welfare Suzanne Rogers (Human Behaviour Change for Animals)

Q&A session

Please contact us via the Contact Form

Keynote Speaker

Dr Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVB, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Simon Gadbois, PhD

Dr David Sargan, MA, PhD

Dr Franklin McMillan, DVM

Dr Pamela Reid, PhD, CAAB

Dr Lotte Davies, DVM, MRCVS

Dr Rowena Packer BSc (Hons) PhD

Dr Dr Márta Gácsi, PhD

Julie M. Bedford, BSc (Hons), PGCE, PG Dip (CABC), CCAB (ABTC)

Dr Leticia Fanucchi, PhD

Amber Batson BVetMed MRCVS IAABC (ABTC)

Susan McKeon, BSc (Hons) ADPT UK (ABTC)

Suzanne Rogers BSc (Hons) IAABC (ABTC)

Linda Goodman (CARIAD)



Date: Friday 30, Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 2019
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
Venue: Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwick CV8 2LD

  • Dogs are welcome at this venue
  • Babies, toddlers and children under 16 years are not allowed at the conference 


Dog-friendly accommodation is also available at the Chesford Grange Hotel.

The conference fee does not include accommodation. Please book your accommodation separately.


The conference room rate for delegates is £97.00 for single occupancy and £109 or double occupancy (per night) including breakfast.This rate is not available via booking online. Please call the Chesford Grange direct on 01926 859331 and quote the ACTION Conference when making your booking. Please note that the special conference rate offer will end on 5th July 2019.

Full Conference 3-Day Pass

Early Bird: £350 (until 31 August 2018)

Standard Rate: £375 (after 31 August 2018)

  • Please note that the Early Bird is only available for the 3-Day Pass
  • There is no Early Bird available for 1-Day or 2-Day Passes or for the Instalment Plan

1-Day Conference Pass

Standard Rate: £150

Instalment Plan

  • Available for Full Conference 3-Day Pass ONLY
  • Available until Midnight on 21 March 2019
  • Four payments of £93.75
  • First instalment is strictly non-refundable
  • Please note that the closing date for all cancellation refunds is 21 June 2019

Please sign up for an account when purchasing your first instalment – this will prevent having to enter your details again when purchasing subsequent instalments.

You are welcome to purchase a pass to the event via the Instalment Plan. You can pay the instalments on whichever dates you choose between now and 21 March 2019, however any outstanding balance MUST be cleared by Midnight on 21 June 2019  or your place will be cancelled and the first instalment will not be refunded.

Please note that instalment payments are your responsibility and we do not send emails reminders.

Fee includes:

  • Conference attendance and talks (for 1, 2 or 3-day options)
  • Welcome pack
  • Refreshments, pastries and fruit at conference arrival
  • Refreshments and cookies at morning break
  • Light Lunch
  • Refreshments and cakes at afternoon break
  • Free wifi
  • Sponsor area and trade stands
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Handouts of presentations (PDFs will be emailed 72 hours before the conference)

Please note: We do not send out tickets. Please keep the booking email you should receive for your records. Email info packs are sent out 2 weeks before the event.


Payment via PayPal (includes debit or credit card). Please contact Animal Events UK if you need to pay by BACS or cheque.

Cancellation refunds:

For 3-Day direct purchase and 1-Day Passes:

  • Cancellations will be refunded minus a £30 cancellation fee up until Midnight GMT on 21 April 2019.
  • Cancellations will be refunded at 50% after 21 April 2019 (Midnight GMT) until 21 June 2019.
  • There will be strictly no cancellation refunds after 21 June 2019 (Midnight GMT).

For Instalment Plans:

  • The first instalment is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event.
  • Cancellations will be refunded minus a £30 cancellation fee (in addition to the non-refundable deposit) until Midnight GMT on 21 April 2019.
  • Cancellations will be refunded at 50% (in addition to the non-refundable deposit) after 21 April 2019 Midnight GMT until 21 June 2019.
  • There will be strictly no cancellation refunds after 21 June 2019 (Midnight GMT).
  • It is the responsibility of the purchaser to make the instalment payments and ensure the full amount is paid by 21 June 2019 (Midnight GMT) and AEUK does not send email reminders.


  • You may transfer or sell your pass until 21 June 2019. There will be strictly no transfers after this date.
  • To transfer your place you will be required to complete a transfer form which is obtainable by emailing us via the Contact Form or can be downloaded here (coming soon).
  • Transfer forms must be submitted by 21 June 2019 (Midnight GMT). Forms sent after this time will not be accepted.
  • Transfers will not be accepted without a transfer form.
  • Please note that if you give or sell your place to someone else without submitting a transfer form by the cut-off date, the person will not be admitted to the conference.

Terms and Conditions:

  • We reserve the right to change/amend the speaker and/or topics list, as well as the running order of the conference at any stage. Information on this page may be amended at any time.
  • Please see full Terms and Conditions here.