ICE (Information and Cultural Exchange) Parramatta

The Science of Pets and Wildlife: How Humans and Animals Live Together

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Animal lovers unite to improve the lives of our furry, feathered and scaled friends – and enrich the lives of people.

Dogs! Cats! Ibis, possums and bats! An afternoon all about our animal companions – pets and wildlife. Why we love them, why they love us, how we can make their lives better, how they make our lives better. Why do we choose some animals to live with us?  Why do some animals choose to live with us?

There will be short talks, time for your questions and a chance to sit down to chat with the researchers and ask about their work.

Meet a dedicated group of animal-loving scientists who are researching our relationships with animals – hear from veterinarians, biologists, animal behaviour specialists, trainers, and people studying urban wildlife.

Tim Pearson

Tim is a Wildlife Ecologist, researcher, bat expert and rescuer from Macquarie University and Kuringai Bat Conservation. Read about his work here : SMH Story Tim Pearson

Dr Kersti Serksel  Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

Kersti is a veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine in the Australian, American and European Colleges and Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW. She is a Fear Free Certified Professional. Dr Serksel is fascinated by animals and why they do what they do. She is passionate about helping people understand animals better so she can improve the lives of people and their pets.

Kersti pioneered Puppy Preschool® and Kitten Kindy® classes, teaches the distance education course in Behavioural Medicine for CVE (University of Sydney). She presents at conferences nationally and internationally, runs webinars, writes text book chapters, has written a book Train Your Cat, is a regular presenter on radio and TV and is a consultant on VIN.

Dr Grace Thurtell Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

Grace graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and has since been working in a small animal practice in Penrith

Before beginning her veterinary degree, Grace worked in various pet industries – boarding kennels, pet shops and veterinary hospitals, to improve her knowledge and skills with animals.

Grace has always had a special interest in the behaviour of animals, and since graduating has been aiming to further develop her knowledge in this field of veterinary medicine. To start that journey she completed an online Continuing Veterinary Education course in small animal behaviour, run by Dr Jacqui Ley, and most recently attended the weeklong Small Animal Behaviour Conference, run by Dr Kersti Seksel and Dr Sarah Heath.

Grace is undertaking her residency with Sydney Animal Behaviour Service and looks forward to the challenge of achieving her final goal of becoming a specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine.

Dr Matthew Bulbert – Matt is a behavioural ecologist from Macquarie University who examines how animals exploit the perception of others to increase their survival.

Deborah Martin, Chair of WIRES North West. WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc) is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for native animals since 1985. Their mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.

Host :  DJ Maynard – Maynard is a radio and TV presenter and producer, an MC for big music events and a familiar voice to ABC listeners from Double J through to ABC Local Radio. Currently you can enjoy his hilarious and insightful ideas on Planet Maynard podcast which includes Bunga Bunga with Tim Ferguson.

A regular presenter on the popular podcast The Skeptic Zone, Maynard understands the principles of scientific thinking, doesn’t like pseudoscience and has a great love of animals.