Addressing the animal world: Lincoln Professor invited to high profile events across the UK

Professor Mills meets HRH The Princess Royal
Professor Mills meets HRH The Princess Royal

Professor Daniel Mills from the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences has attended a host of events across the UK to deliver a series of high profile public talks.

Beginning with the World Horse Welfare annual conference on Tuesday 10th November, Professor Mills has presented on his pioneering research in clinical animal behaviour and contributed to key sector debates and discussions.

Sitting alongside national journalists, specialist vets and professional trainers, Professor Mills was part of an expert panel at the WHW conference, which explored whether ‘Traditional horse management and training practices are best’. He also met the conference’s guest of honour and WHW President, HRH The Princess Royal.

The conference addressed a number of overriding questions: why do we keep horses the way we do?  Would the UK’s horses be better off outside of the EU, or within it?  Are the ‘traditional’ ways of improving performance really the best ways?  Which beliefs and practices truly stand the test of time, and which should be challenged forcefully?

The high profile event was by invitation only, but was streamed live and is now available to view online.

Professor Mills also attended the launch of the PDSA State of the Nation Pet Welfare initiative in Westminster on Wednesday 18th November, and on Thursday 19th November he will deliver a key note talk at the British Library’s one-off event, Humans and their Non-Humans.

Inspired by the Library’s Animal Tales exhibition, the event will explore the strong bond between humans and their pets. It will look at the curious and changing relationship people have with their pets. Why do love our pets as much as we do? Are human-pet relations mutually beneficial? What can biological and sociological research tell us about the human-pet relationship?

Professor Mills is one of four expert speakers from higher education institutions across the UK who will discuss current knowledge and research about the human-pet relationship, and answer questions about this fascinating aspect of the social world.

More details about the event are available on the British Library website.

Also beginning on Thursday 19th November is the London Vet Show 2015. Running for two days at Olympia Grand, the national conference and exhibition offers world-class clinical and business content to veterinary professionals. The show is programmed by the Royal Veterinary College and British Veterinary Association, with nearly 400 exhibitors and six clinical streams of world-class Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Addressing professional practitioners from across the country, Professor Mills will deliver a session on Human/animal bond: All take and no give?

It will shine a spotlight on the enormous benefits of companion animals, delving into areas that are less well recognised and understood, highlight the extent to which the nation’s pets still aren’t having their fundamental needs met, and ask what can be done about it.

For more information, visit the London Vet Show online.