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Through A Vetís Eyes: How We Can All Choose a Better Life for Animals By Sean Wensley

Interviewed by Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today / Animal Emotions

Publisher: Gaia

Sean Wensley
Through A Vetís Eyes: How We Can All Choose a Better Life for Animals
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ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 185675474X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1856754743

About the Author:

Dr Sean Wensley is an award-winning UK veterinarian and recent President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). He chairs the Animal Welfare Working Group of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), which represents veterinary organisations from 40 European countries. Dr Wensley has contributed to animal welfare and conservation projects around the world and in 2017 received the inaugural World Veterinary Association (WVA) Global Animal Welfare Award for Europe. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Communication and Education at the national UK veterinary charity, the Peopleís Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). His media appearances include BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain and The Big Questions.


Sean Wensley tells us how to compassionately connect with all animals. Veterinarians are incredibly important "middle people" between people who live with or use a wide variety of nonhuman animals (animals) and the animals themselves.1 In his new book Through A Vetís Eyes: How We Can All Choose a Better Life for Animals, Sean Wensley, an award-winning veterinarian who drove the development of BVAís first Animal Welfare Strategy, explains how we must treat all animals with respect and compassion, and the role of veterinarians in using animal welfare science and ethics to do this. I'm pleased Sean could answer a few questions about his landmark book.

Marc Bekoff: Why did you write Through A Vetís Eyes?

Sean Wensley: I wanted to relay a number of todayís persisting animal welfare problems to a non-specialist audience through the lens of my own personal experience, to help make those problems more accessible and understandable. I then wanted to underpin these experiences with animal welfare science (the science of understanding how animals perceive the world, and what they need and want from their perspectives) and veterinary animal welfare policy, and embed the veterinary memoir elements in the context of the natural world. This helped me discuss animal welfare alongside other pressing issues, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and antimicrobial resistance, and to promote the importance of interdisciplinary working as embodied by the One Health and One Welfare approaches.



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