3th Annual Meeting of the European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare


October 7 - 9th, 2021



Where can it take us?

Dear all


First of all we hope to find you all safe and healthy, together with your families and loved ones. 


Due to the continued situation with COVID-19 and the unpredictability of international travel and of the possibility to gather in large groups later this year, the Boards of ECAWBM, ESVCE, AWSELVA and VDWE have recently agreed to organize the 2021 conference as an entirely online event.

Early Bird registration will be open from May, 15th until June, 30th.

Registration will be closed on September, 22nd.

Final program will be online May, 25th.


We promise this will be a memorable event!


Christine Halsberghe

President of the local organizing committee.


Click for the complete programme of spoken presentations

Click here for the list of poster presentations

Thursday, 1st October 2020

08:30 - 17:00

Short & Long presentations

17:00 - 19:00

Friday, 2nd October 2020

08:30 - 17:00

Invited Speakers

AWSEL Day Two & BM Day One

There will be a joined session of the AWSEL and BM streams in the morning. This will feature keynote speakers, delegate papers and a panel/interactive discussion.

In the afternoon there will be a parallel session for both streams.

Saturday, 3th October 2020

8:30 - 17:00

Short & Long presentations

Accreditation points


October 7th-9th 2021

Final program will be available the 25th of May.

Click for the complete programme of spoken presentations

Click here for the list of poster presentations

Thursday, 7th October 2021

08:30 - 17:00

Short & Long presentations

Friday, 8th October 2021

08:30 - 12:00

Invited Speakers

13:00 - 17:00

AWSEL & BM (parallel sessions)

Saturday, 9th October 2021

8:30 - 17:00

Short & Long presentations

Accreditation points


Invited speakers

Prof Frans de Waal


'Mama’s Last Hug: How to Talk about Emotions in Animals?'

Emory University (USA) - Living Links Center at Yerkes

Expert in primate social behaviour, empathy, learning and cognition

Invited speaker:  October, 8th 2021

Prof Steven Laureys

Liège University (Belgium)

GIGA Consciousness & Coma Science Group

Expert in consciousness and sentience

Invited speaker:  October, 8th 2021

More info about our 2021 invited speakers will follow soon

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Virtual venue LAVAL


Located in the comfort of your own home.

Do not forget to provide your favorite food and drinks. 

For the ultimate congress feeling we recommend Belgian beer and chocolates :-)


EVCBMAW National Committee


Christine Halsberghe   Chair

Myriam De Prins

Ilse Rediers

Catherine Teughels

Vieneke Verstraeten

Magda Westhovens


EVCBMAW International Committee

Gonçalo Da Graça Pereira & Anouck Haverbeke  ECAWBM-BM

Alessandro Cozzi  |  ECAWBM-AWSEL

Gonçalo Da Graça Pereira & Christine Halsberghe   |  ESVCE

Paul Roger  |  AWSELVA


EVCBMAW Academic Committee

Christel Moons   Chief Academic Secretary and Editor

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (AWSEL) Programme

Machteld van Dierendonck & Cathy Dwyer   AWSEL Editor

Anneleen Watteyn   AWSEL Academic Secretary

Behavioural Medicine (BM) Programme

Tiny De Keuster & Helen Zulch   BM Editor

Rian Lensen   BM Academic Secretaries

AWSEL Stream Reviewers

BM Stream Reviewers

In order to ensure academic excellence all Reviewers and Editors are a Diplomate of the ECAWBM or hold a PhD in a subject relevant to the EVCBMAW.