Skinner’s Canine Science Conference

Hannah Gooda,


October 21, 2019

You are invited to register for Skinner’s inaugural Canine Science Conference to be held at “The Kennel Club Building’ in Kenilworth. Our team of experts will help you to forget the fads, focus on the facts and discover how evidence-based canine science can improve and enhance your dog’s health and well-being.

Humanisation of our beloved four-legged companions has seen many new products and services come to market, but what is the science behind it all? It’s time to forget the fads and focus on the facts.

Since the 1970’s Skinner’s has led the way in the working and active dog food market. We continually evolve and expand our product portfolio to ensure we have a product for every age, breed and activity level of dog. Using the scientific knowledge and research of our in-house nutritional consultant, Dr Jacqueline Boyd.

For the first time in our history, we are hosting our very first Canine Science Conference. This event will take you on a journey; providing you with the whole package. You will learn how the application of evidence-based canine science can improve and enhance the health, nutrition, welfare, training, lifestyle and behaviour of a dog.

  • It’s getting hot in here! So, take off all your… fur? How climate change may impact your dog’s ability to dog.
  • The need for evidenced based veterinary medicine and the involvement of owners in treating and managing canine atopic dermatitis.
  • New tricks? How human behaviour change science can help us improve canine welfare.
  • For their benefit or for ours? How we feed our pets.
  • Evidence, Education and Experts – who do you trust in sorting fact from fake for Fido?

Meet the speakers

Dr Jacqueline Boyd

Nutritional Consultant, Skinner’s Pet Foods

Jacqueline has been passionate about animal health and welfare since childhood and has embedded this passion into her education and career. With a BSc (hons) in Zoology (Parasitology), a MSc in Animal Nutrition, a PhD in Genetics, a teaching qualification and a certification in Humane Education, “Jackie” combines her theoretical knowledge with a practical appreciation for the realties of the animal world. When not helping people feed their dogs, Jackie can typically be found surrounded by her cocker spaniel “gang”! Learn more about Dr Jacqueline Boyd

Dr Anne Carter

Senior Lecturer in Animal Science, Nottingham Trent University

I have been a Lecturer in Animal Science for the past 10 years. This has allowed me to research dog welfare, throughout my PhD and following its completion in 2011. More recently I have been able to combine a personal and professional interest in sports dogs. Canine heatstroke has come to the forefront of this research as winters have become milder and summers hotter. The subsequent risk to dogs, both sports dogs and pets is more evident. I retain a passion for applied research to provide meaningful impact to dog welfare. Learn more about Dr Anne Carter

Dr Emily Hall

Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing Science, Nottingham Trent University

I am a small animal vet turned Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing Science. I started my career working in primary veterinary care practice, where I developed a passion for preventative healthcare. Whilst there is nothing more satisfying than treating a sick animal and seeing it fully recover, if we can prevent the animal getting sick in the first place, we can have a far more positive impact on their overall wellbeing. I started teaching five years ago and am currently researching temperature monitoring in companion animals and canine heat related illness: which dogs are at greatest risk and how can we stop dogs getting too hot. Learn more about Dr Emily Hall

Dr Naomi Harvey

Research Manager in Canine Behaviour

Dr Naomi Harvey is a zoologist with a speciality in applied animal behaviour and veterinary health and welfare. With a BSc in Zoology and PhD in applied canine behaviour, Naomi has a particular speciality in designing and validating methods for securing robust and valid measures of animal behaviour from their owners and carers through citizen science. Naomi also has expertise in veterinary epidemiology, having successfully designed and led the Itchy Dog project to investigate the risk factors for, and impact of, canine atopic dermatitis. The success of her research has been underpinned with a broad and successful engagement of pet owners, breeders and vets. Learn more about Dr Naomi Harvey

Dr Tamzin Furtado

Human Behaviour Change Team, Dogs Trust

As part of the Dogs Trust’s Human Behaviour Change team, I am a social scientist with a passion for improving animal welfare through better understanding of human behaviour. Having spent much of my career working in (human) global health, I have always been interested in how we can use communities of practice and participatory processes in order to engage people and drive change. Completing a PhD which has looked at human behaviour in relation to a serious welfare issue – equine obesity – I feel like I have found my calling. I am extremely passionate about finding ways to engage with target populations in positive, meaningful ways in order to bring about change for our companion animals. Learn more about Dr Tamzin Furtado

Jess Johnson

PhD Candidate, Nottingham Trent University

During her BSc (Hons) in Zoo Biology, Jess developed an interest in the ways in which humans and animals interact. This led her to conduct an MRes in Anthrozoology, investigating how owners feed their pets, and what may influence them to do so. Jess is now undertaking a PhD in Equine Sports Science looking at the role of video feedback to improve safety and performance in eventing and spends her free time taking care of her horse, rabbits, and overly-vocal parakeet. Learn more about Jess Johnson.

About the venue

Skinner’s Pet Foods are proud to be affiliated with The Kennel Club Agility and Working Gundog Activities.

The conference takes place on Thursday 26th March 2020
Time – 8.15 – 17.00
Venue: The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, CV8 2LZ
Parking – Free onsite


Whether you are a canine expert, a Skinner’s customer or a first-time dog owner, we believe every paw could benefit from the knowledge and skills on offer.

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