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PAW 2021: How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected pet wellbeing in the UK?
With Sean Wensley, Alex German, Daniella Dos Santos, Richard Hooker, Chris Laurence, Jo Oakden and Kevin J McPeake
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About the webinar

The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report webinar is back for 2021, featuring a panel of expert speakers discussing impacts of the pandemic on the UK’s pets.

The PAW Report is the UK’s largest and most comprehensive annual assessment of pet wellbeing. Working with the leading market research organisation, YouGov, PDSA surveys a nationally representative sample of pet owners to provide insight into welfare problems, monitor trends and inform human behaviour change campaigns.

The 2021 PAW Report investigates the effects of the pandemic on the UK’s dogs, cats and rabbits, focusing on 5 key areas: pet population, pet acquisition, obesity, preventive healthcare and pet behaviour.

In this free webinar, panellists will be discussing our 2021 findings and suggesting next steps to improve the wellbeing of the UK’s pets. Following this will be a live Q&A giving you the opportunity to ask your questions to our expert panel.

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Meet the speakers

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.

Daniella Dos Santos BSc

Daniella graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, having previous obtained a degreed in Molecular Genetics from Kings College in London. Since graduating Daniella has worked in the south east in first opinion small animal and exotic pet practice, including within a busy 24hour veterinary hospital. She is the BVA Senior Vice President, having previously been chair of the Ethics and Welfare Advisory Panel, and is also an Animal Welfare Foundation Trustee.

Chris Laurence

Biography coming soon


Kevin is a European and RCVS veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine. Since qualifying as a vet in 2005, he spent a number of years in first opinion small animal practice before embarking on a PhD characterising frustration in dogs and a residency in behavioural medicine. Currently, Kevin is a lecturer in clinical animal behaviour at the University of Edinburgh where he teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and runs a behavioural referral clinic within the Hospital for Small Animals at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies.

Alex German BVSc(Hons), PhD, CertSAM, DipECVIM-CA, SFHEA, FRCVS

Alex German holds the position of Royal Canin Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liverpool. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His main clinical and research interests are gastroenterology, obesity biology, and evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Richard Hooker, BVMS (Hons), MRCVS, PDSA Director of Veterinary Services

Richard qualified as a veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University and began his veterinary career in a private practice in Staffordshire. In 1996 he joined PDSA as a veterinary surgeon in Birmingham, before becoming Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the Stoke-on-Trent Pet Hospital. Richard was then appointed Chief Veterinary Surgeon at PDSA, before being appointed as Director in 2008, having responsibility for PDSA’s 48 Pet Hospitals and wider veterinary network. Richard is accountable for the effective delivery or the charity’s public-facing veterinary work and shaping the strategy and delivery of all of the treatment, prevention and educational services that PDSA provides. He has previously served on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses Council, as well as being a Council member for the British Veterinary Hospital Association, and he continues to represent PDSA on the Canine and Feline Sector Group

Jo Oakden FdSc RVN CertCFVHNut ISFMCertFN

Jo graduated from the RVC in 2008 and has since worked in a variety of small animal practices in the UK. Jo is currently the Practice Manager and clinical coach in a first opinion practice in Leicester, alongside being the current BVNA President (2020-2021).