North American Regional Meeting
The 14th North American regional meeting of ISAE has been postponed to occur in-person at UC Davis in the spring of 2022. We will re-open the abstract submission in 2021 and plan a brand new agenda for the 2022 meeting. Previously selected oral and poster presenters are asked to resubmit their abstracts, or, submit a new/updated abstract.
For questions, please contact Dr. Tina Horback (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2 co-secretaries were elected by the Canadian members and appointed by the ISAE council on December, 2020. Clover Bench from the University of Alberta and Meagan King from the University of Manitoba are now the regional secretaries for the Canada region. Congratulations to both!
Resources and Archives
Below, you will find information on previous ISAE activities and other relevant information on events and news occurring within Canada.
Sur ce site, vous pourrez accéder à l'information sur des activités de l'ISAE et à toute autre information appropriée sur des événements et à des nouvelles se produisant au Canada.
Past regional meetings (Congrès régional)
The 14th North American Regional Meeting of ISAE was held April 29-30, 2022 at the University of California, Davis. A total of 95 students and professional members from the US and Canada attended the event, with an additional 16 individuals joining the virtual viewing sessions. The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Gail Patricelli (Dept. Ecology and Evolution, UC Davis), which focused on her research of communication and reproductive strategies among sage-grouse. This event was sponsored by USDA NIFA and Boehringer Ingelheim. The final proceedings can be viewed here:
14th North American Regional Meeting of ISAE Student Competition:
- Poster presentations
- #1 ($150) Jessica Bonney, University of Florida
- #2 ($100) Ashlynn Kirk, University of California Davis
- #3 ($50) Faith Reyes, University of Wisconsin Madison
- Oral presentations
- #1 ($150) JoAnna Rogowski, Purdue University
- #2 ($100) Bailey Eagan, University of British Columbia
- #3 ($50) Blair Downey, University of California Davis”
The 13th North American Regional Meeting of the ISAE was held from 12-13 May in Ames, Iowa, USA. The meeting was held at Iowa State University, hosted by local organisers Suzanne Millman and Anna Johnson.
The conference had a good turnout, with 60 in attendance from 19 institutions and a mix of ISAE members and non-members. A total of 22 oral presentations were given and 11 posters. Oral presentation session topics included the social behaviour of pigs, housing and environment, welfare assessment, health and pain relief, and behavioural variability. The conference proceedings can be viewed on the ISAE meetings webpage.
Many thanks to our theatre and poster judges. Awards were given for outstanding oral and poster presentations to the following:
- 1st Place – Megan R. LaFollette: “It’s no laughing matter: Cage color and light intensity alter rat affect
- 2nd Place – Catherine Hixson: “Behavioural changes in group-housed dairy calves infected with Mannheimia haemolytica”
- 3rd Place – Erin Davis: “The pain response of piglets after castration when using three different analgesics: Results from a behavioral test”
- Undergraduate – Hannah Pearsall: “The relationship between social aggression and play behavior in finisher pigs: do pigs that play less fight more?”
- 1st Place – Kathryn Henley: “An aural-visual classification of the vocal repertoire of adult pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus)
- 2nd Place – Christopher Byrd: “It’s getting hot in here: A preliminary study to evaluate the impact of in utero heat stress on piglet behavior after weaning and transport
- 3rd Place – Lydiane Aubé: “Sows’ preference for different fresh and dry mixed forages”
- Undergraduate – Ashley Birakos: “Comparison of perching behavior and its effects on keel bone deviations of laying hens in two types of enriched colony cages”
Dr. Cheryl Morris of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium gave the keynote lecture, in which she spoke of advancements in animal care through training. The presentation was well received and led to a lengthy question-and-answer session.
A business meeting was conducted with a discussion on the future approach to organising regional ISAE meetings. No decisions were made and the final plan was to survey current members in the US and Canadian regions to determine preferences. No volunteers were found to organise the next meeting, so that will be addressed in the future.
At the time of writing, the Canadian region has 65 members, and the USAE region has 122.
Winners of the undergraduate and graduate student competitions. From L to R: Kathryn Henley, Lydiane Aubé, Ashley Birakos, Hannah Pearsall, Christopher Byrd, Erin Davis, and Megan R. LaFollette (Catherine Hixson not pictured)
Local cheese was part of the social hour before dinner
Deep conversation among attendees at the conference banquet
The 2014 North American Regional Meeting was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA from May 30-31. You will find the proceedings on the ISAE Meetings page.
Other meetings (Autres conférences )
Other meetings of interest in North-America 2016
Autres conférences d'intérêt en Amérique du Nord en 2016
40ème Congrès Annuel de la Société Québécoise pour l'Étude Biologique du Comportement (SQEBC) à l’Université du Québec à Rimouski du 4 au 6 novembre 2016, sous le thème « Comportement 2.0 : vers une approche intégrée ». http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/sqebc/
16th Animal Welfare Judging & Assessment Contest, in Columbus (OH), November 12-13, 2016. http://www.awjac.org/
2016 American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Meeting in Las Vegas (Nevada), December 9-11, 2016. http://avsabonline.org/symposium
Regional news (Nouvelles régionales)
In Spring 2013, a survey was conducted to determine the interest of Canadian ISAE members for developing a collaborative database for professors, research scientists, post-docs and students in applied ethology across Canada. The result of this survey can be found here: Can ISAE Network Survey results.
Funding (Fonds de recherche)
Fonds de recherche
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Animal Welfare Institute - Animals in Laboratories
Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing, Johns Hopkins University
University research & education programs - (Programmes de recherche et d'éducation, Universités)
Research and education programs - Universities
Programmes de recherche et d'éducation - Universités
University of British Columbia - Animal Welfare Program
University of Alberta - Animal Science
University of Calgary - Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan - Animal & Poultry Science
University of Saskatchewan - Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Manitoba - Department of Animal Science
University of Guelph - Animal Behaviour and Welfare
Université Laval - Dépt. des Sciences Animales
Université de Montréal - Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire
Dalhousie University - Animal Science
University of Prince Edward Island - Sir James Dunn Aninmal Welfare Centre
Other research & education programs (Autres programmes de recherche et d'éducation)
Research and education programs: Other research centres
Programmes de recherche et d'éducation: Autres centres de recherche
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada)
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Behaviour & welfare links (Liens sur le comportement et le bien-être)
Canadian behaviour and welfare links
Liens canadiens sur le comportement et le bien-être
Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada
British Columbia Farm Animal Care Council
Canadian Council on Animal Care (Conseil Canadien de Protection des Animaux)
Codes of Practice (guidelines for the care and handling of various farmed animals )
Colonel K. L. Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada)
Farm Animal Council of Sasketchewan
National Farm Animal Care Council (Conseil National pour le Soin aux Animaux d'Élevage)