WORKSHOP: “The Emotional Cost of Caring”- Managing emotional burden when working with laboratory animals: role of communicating and assessing the impact of animal welfare on the resilience of co-workers
Individuals who work with animals in biomedical research will sometimes form bonds with these animals. Although these relationships may enhance the well-being and welfare of laboratory animals, they involve a moral cost to staff. Institutions should acknowledge the existence of these bonds and provide support mechanisms to help laboratory personnel deal with the emotional challenges of their profession.
This one-day workshop will focus on working practices and challenges faced by laboratory animal care professionals and researchers. It will provide a forum for those working with animals to comment openly about animal welfare, how it impacts them emotionally and will provide an insight into observations commonly experienced. It will also aim to improve delegates’ confidence in communicating concerns about animal welfare and support them to build their emotional resilience.
Registration is now closed but any QMUL staff is free to attend any specific lecture that may be of their interest. This would be very valuable for any Phd/postdocs undertaking animal work.
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DATE AND TIME
Friday, 10 May 2019
9:30 – 16:30 GMT
Innovation Centre, Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary University of London
London, EC1M 6BQ
9:30 Registration and coffee
10:00-10:15: Welcome and introduction Dr Jordi L. Tremoleda, Queen Mary University London and Dr Angela Kerton, The Learning Curve (Development) Ltd.
10:15-10:45: When is anthropomorphism ever right? Implications of homology and analogy for animal welfare. Dr Charlotte Burn. Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare and Behaviour Science Royal Veterinary College. London
10:45-11:15: “Emotional dissonance faced by Animal Technologists: Why, when and what can we do?” Dr Keith Davies, College of Biomedical & Life Sciences, Cardiff University.
11:15-11:45: Considerations for the effects of how human emotion can influence animal behaviour within the laboratory. Dr Alison Hopkins, a-tune software AG.
11:45-12:30: The division of emotional labour in animal research. Dr Beth Greenhough. Associate Professor in Human Geography. University of Oxford. UK
12:30-13:30 Lunch break and networking
13:30-14:00 Maintaining wellbeing in a frantic world: a medical education perspective. Dr Helen Bintley, Lecturer in Clinical Skills Education, Queen Mary University London.
14:00-14:30 Mind Matters: Addressing mental health and wellbeing issues across the veterinary team. Dr Lizzie Lockett, CEO Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Director of the Mind Matters Initiative
14:30-15:00 Coffee / Tea break
15:00-15:30 NVS perspectives and challenges within a complex preclinical modelling setting Dr Belinda Farnfield, Named Veterinary Surgeon, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
15-30-16:00 How does it feel to be an NVS?- professionalising responsabilities and emotions. Dr Aurelie Thomas. Named Veterinary Surgeon. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
16:00-16:30 Summary & Closing remarks
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