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Are the UK’s pets healthy and happy in 2020? 10 years of the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report

Thursday 3rd December, 12pm GMT

Presented by Daniella Dos Santos, Jo Oakden, Richard Hooker, Laura Piggott, Chris Laurence, Alex German, Sarah Heath, Sean Wensley and Vicki Betton.

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About the webinar:

The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report is the UK’s largest annual assessment of pet wellbeing. Working with leading market research organisation, YouGov, PDSA surveys nationally representative samples of pet dog, cat and rabbit owners each year to monitor trends and provide insight into animal welfare problems, estimate populations of these pets and understand owners’ preparation for and experiences of pet ownership.

Join PDSA’s expert panel as they review and discuss a decade of trends in pet wellbeing – with a focus on obesity, preventive healthcare, pet behaviour and pre-acquisition preparation – as well as highlighting early indicators of potential impacts related to the first national Covid-19 lockdown.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report is, how it is compiled and how it is has been used for UK companion animal welfare surveillance since 2011
  • Gain a 2020 overview and suggested next steps from expert panel of leading vets and VNs on:
    – Pet obesity
    – Preventive healthcare
    – Problem behaviour and pet behavioural services
    – Preparation for pet acquisition
  • Understand how Covid-19 restrictions may be impacting on pet wellbeing and how its economic effects are impacting the vet profession
  • Gain an overview of legislative changes and impacts relating to pet welfare over the last 10 years
  • Consider future trends in pet health and welfare – where do we go from here?

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About the speakers

Presented by Daniella Dos Santos, Jo Oakden, Richard Hooker, Laura Piggott, Chris Laurence, Alex German, Sarah Heath, Sean Wensley and Vicki Betton.

Daniella Dos Santos

Daniella obtained a BSc (hons) in Molecular Genetics from Kings College London in 2007, before going to study veterinary medicine at the RVC, qualifying in 2012. Since then she has been in first opinion small animal and exotic animal practice and is currently working towards her CertAVP zoological medicine. She became a member of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel in 2015, and became Chair in 2017. She also became a Trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation in 2016.


Sarah spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. Sarah is an RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018. She is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine on the veterinary undergraduate course at Liverpool University. In 2019 she gained her Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme and registered as a Veterinary Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She sees clinical cases across North West England. In 2002 Sarah became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between emotional and physical illness in dogs and cats and particularly in the role of pain. She promotes the recognition of emotional health issues in companion animals and the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding the welfare of animals in this context. Sarah lectures extensively, at home and abroad, on behavioural medicine and is an author, co-author and editor of several books.

Alex German BVSc PhD DipECVIM-ca CertSAM MRCVS

Alex German is a graduate of Bristol University, and received his PhD from the same institution in 2000. He is currently Royal Canin Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liverpool. His research interests include small animal gastroenterology and obesity biology.

Alex is one of the speakers at BVA Congress 2012 in Liverpool where he will discuss the approach to treatment of gastroenteritis in dogs and cats and how to achieve long term success with weight management in obese pets.

Sean Wensley BVSc MSc FRCVS

Dr Sean Wensley is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at the UK veterinary charity, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) and is a director of Vet Sustain. Holding a Master’s degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, he has contributed to animal welfare and conservation projects internationally and has lecturing responsibilities at Nottingham University and Queen’s University Belfast. He chairs the Animal Welfare Working Group of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), was President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) from 2015 – 2016 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2017 Sean received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe.

Vicki Betton, BA (Hons), PGDip IDM
PDSA Veterinary Policy & Campaigns Manager

Vicki graduated from Lancaster University with an honours degree in English Literature and has worked at PDSA since 2006, initially establishing a national youth engagement and schools teaching programme, and community education scheme.

Now leading their Policy & Campaigns team, she’s responsible for producing the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, which provides an evidence-base for their public affairs, media campaigns and human behaviour change work, as well as the development of the organisation’s research, policy and educational strategies.

Vicki also represents PDSA on a number of government and sector working groups. She manages PDSA’s joint working with other organisations to tackle problems identified in the PAW Report, as well as issues affecting the wider pet population of the UK, such as the online advertising of pets for sale, the health and welfare of brachycephalic dogs, and the link between animal abuse and family violence, for which she received BSAVA’s Ray Butcher Award in 2018.

More speaker biographies coming soon.

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