The Cost of Cuteness: How Veterinarians Can Improve the Health and Welfare of Brachycephalics

Presented by Sean Wensley, BVSc, MSc, FRCVS 

7 pm ET/4 pm PT, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credits. Registration is FREE for HSVMA members.


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Brachycephalic dogs can be endearing, but their body shape and flat face are linked to health problems that reduce their quality of life. Drawing on his collaborative work with the UK Brachycephalic Working Group, Dr Sean Wensley will highlight how veterinarians around the world are speaking up about health and welfare harms linked to selective breeding.

Dr Wensley will empower veterinary professionals to become part of the solution by discussing the importance of:

  • Articulating the health harms caused to animals by selectively breeding for appearance over health;

  • Providing leadership in animal welfare beyond the veterinary clinic on problems linked to breeding for brachycephaly, through practical community outreach activities and input to professional bodies;

  • Approaching the welfare problems linked to breeding for brachycephaly in a structured and comprehensive way, considering both supply and demand, and focusing on how to improve the health and welfare of both existing and future generations;

  • Articulating key health and welfare advice to safeguard the current generation of brachycephalic animals.

All HSVMA webinars are FREE for HSVMA members. This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

If you are not a veterinary professional (veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary or veterinary technician student), we welcome your participation in the webinar for a one-time fee. Please call 301-548-7771 or email [email protected] to complete the registration..



Sean Wensley, BVSc, MSc, FRCVS 

Dr Sean Wensley is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at the UK veterinary charity, PDSA (the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals). He previously served as senior vice president for the British Veterinary Association from 2016-2017, during which time he led BVA animal welfare strategy on topics including the health and welfare of brachycephalic pets. He also was president of the BVA from 2015-2016. Dr. Wensley qualified from Liverpool University (UK) and holds a Masters degree from Edinburgh University (UK) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. Sean has contributed to animal welfare and conservation projects on five continents. He is an Honorary Lecturer in Animal Welfare at the University of Nottingham (UK), a member of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) Animal Welfare Working Group and a committee member of the Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA). In 2017 Sean received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe.