Workshop session 4: Sunday morning  

​​​​​Everything you need to know about running focus groups with Zoe Belshaw 
We will cover how to decide whether to use focus groups or interviews, what to think about when setting them up and recruiting participants, getting consent and then the logistics of facilitation and recording on the day.

​Zoe graduated from the University of Cambridge as a veterinary surgeon in 2003 having attained a BA in Zoology in 2000. She then went into general practice as a veterinary surgeon for a year before completing a small animal internship in 2005. After 2 further years in small animal practice she returned to the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge as a Hills’ Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Small Animal Internal Medicine where she was enrolled in a European Diploma of Small Animal Medicine and completed her RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. On completing the SCTS Zoe joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Nottingham as a Clinical Lecturer in 2009 and completed her European Diploma to become a European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine in 2011. In 2012 she was awarded 4 years funding through the BBSRC’s Doctoral Training Partnership to complete a full time PhD.

Habits: creating good ones, breaking bad ones as a sustainable answer to animal welfare problems with Jo White (repeated from session 2)
Habits are something we all share in common; good and bad their strength makes them resilient to change and more powerful than intention when looking to form new behaviours. So, could they provide the answer to the question of how to deliver lasting positive change for animal welfare? Habits have played a key role in our survival since the origins of existence, with great minds like Aristotle pondering their role and use, the fabric of society reliant on them to function, and our day-to-day routines comprised of many inter-connected tiny habits. However, it is only recently that social scientists have started to unlock habits amazing potential for good, with examples including developments in human health helping us to eat well and exercise more; technology making us more efficient and effective in our day-to-day lives, and, behavioural economics assisting us in planning for the future and old age. The time is right for those working in animal welfare to utilise this exciting opportunity to create sustained behaviour change through forming strong, pro-animal welfare habits and changing those that are negative. Join Jo for an interactive workshop, exploring how to practically implement evidence-based theories behind the formation of good, and the breaking of bad habits to make a lasting difference to the lives of animals.

Human behaviour change is at the heart of the work Jo White undertakes in animal welfare. As co-founder of the social enterprise Human Behaviour Change for Animals alongside Suzanne Rogers, she is committed to making a difference. Her career spans over two decades working with and connected to animals; from its practical beginnings with horses who remain a constant, to developing and implementing international projects to deliver behaviour change to improve animal welfare; including the human animal. Jo recently completed a Master’s degree in HBC, holds a Degree in Equine studies, a Certificate in Campaigns, together with varying practical equine care and training qualifications. She runs the social enterprise Progressive Ideas which she founded in 2011; has worked with varying international organisations, including as a Director for World Horse Welfare leading the campaign to end the long-distance transport of horses and donkeys for slaughter in Europe; among other animal welfare and HBC work. Jo continues to provide advice and support covering the development and implementation of behavioural interventions to enable positive change; including strategy development, research and evidence collection, advocacy, campaigning and policy change, education and training, and communications to support change. Jo is committed to developing the field of HBC for animals, and is currently working on a number of projects focused on ‘making positive change a reality’.

​Speaking to Spock or Communicating with Captain Kirk? How Star Trek and behaviour change models can help us improve animal welfare  with Tamzin Furtado (repeated from session 2)
This practical workshop will introduce participants to the application of varied behaviour change models, using the models to illuminate different aspects of common behaviour change problems. Through considering well-known Star Trek characters (who will be explained for non-trekkies!) we will discuss the importance of understanding the multiple agendas which are relevant for human behaviour change, and how these are accounted for in behaviour change models. The workshop will involve audience participation in group activities, and aims to be a dynamic and fun session. Following the workshop, you will have a familiarity with different types of model and an understanding of how to apply these models to your own work, to facilitate behaviour change strategies.

As a social scientist with a background in global health and building communities of practice, Tamzin is currently completing my PhD at the University of Liverpool, studying how we can improve the management of obesity in horses using qualitative research. She is passionate about using behaviour change science to improve animal welfare, and in using social sciences to find out more about how we can help people to change. Although Tamzin is a self-confessed horse-nut, she hopes to work with animals across the board in future, and has previously been involved with charities ranging from South-East Asian wildlife to British domestic pets, and particularly loves goats (well, who doesn’t). She looks forward to meeting you all at the event!

How do you become the key to changing and influencing human behaviour? with Ben Hart (repeated from session 2)
As a human behaviour change practitioner it is easy to focus on changing other people's behaviour, however to do this most effectively the place to start is not with other people, but with the journey of changing your own behaviour.  It's very difficult to ask other people to make a journey that we haven't ourselves made. If you want to see change in others we must first work on our own abilities and attitudes to develop the principles in our own character and behaviour that will allow us to empower others, become persuasive without becoming manipulative and grow genuine compassion. Being good at human behaviour change requires an understanding and knowledge of our own behaviour, because when we understand our own behaviour we are more capable of understanding the behaviour of others. When we have changed our own behaviour we are more capable of understanding how others can be empowered to change their behaviour. “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”. – Carl Jung​

Ben hates wasted potential, so he is a trainer who uses the science of behaviour on his mission to help people understand the true nature of equines. For twenty years he has used the science of behaviour to help both animals and their people unlock their true potential.  He firmly believes working with equines doesn't have to be complicated, dangerous or stressful and by helping people to understand the true and amazing behaviour of equines, he wants them to better understand each other and so make a better life better for horses, donkeys and mules. Ben is the author of several books on equine behaviour and clicker training, as well as the creator of a unique series of individual equine training plans and online courses.  He has worked with horses, mules, donkeys and people all over the world: from California to Cambodia, from working equines to racehorses. Ben's use of the science of equine behaviour rather than a one method approach has been successful with traumatized animals at the UK's equine charities, and his ability to work with human behaviour has been utilized by leading animal welfare organisations. Ben is an IAABC (International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants) Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant and ABTC (Animal Behaviour & Training Council) Registered Accredited Animal Behaviourist.​

These workshops are running concurrently so please just pick one.