Free webinar: The difficult topic of equine end of life

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This week’s Welfare Wednesday webinar tackles an emotive and important topic: Planning for equine end of life – and how to cope with it.

Hosted by World Horse Welfare, the webinar on October 21 welcomes Bronwen Williams, a Registered Mental Health Nurse, to share her experience on grief associated with the loss of an animal and what emotions are likely to be experienced before, during and after the event itself. She will be joined by the charity’s Chief Field Officer Claire Gordon, who will talk about why it is important that equine end of life is a topic that every horse owner should be aware of, not just owners of old, injured or health compromised animals.

Bronwen Williams
Bronwen Williams

There is no doubt that this is a difficult topic for owners to talk about and the death of any animal can be a lonely place but the more the subject is discussed, the more support owners will discover exists. Williams will discuss how we can prepare ourselves as best as possible for when the time comes and explain some techniques that we can use to help us cope after the loss of our equine friend. Gordon will share some of her experiences of helping owners who have struggled to be able to make a decision to euthanase their horse and illustrate the impact this can have on both horse and owner.

Time has been set aside for questions from viewers.

The fortnightly webinars are free to attend and they can also be viewed live as a Facebook Live session, but by registering with Zoom viewers can take part in the various polls, ask questions during the Q&A and have a more interactive experience.

Claire Gordon
Claire Gordon

» Register here for the webinar, on October 21 at 7pm (GMT).

All previous webinars are available to watch on the World Horse Welfare YouTube channel.

Bronwen Williams, RMN, PGCHE, MSc Independent Trainer and Educator is a Registered Mental Health Nurse who has worked for 38 years in the NHS. She also volunteered for more than 30 years in equine welfare. She has an interest in how animal ownership impacts both positively and negatively on human mental health and in how we have difficult conversations and make decisions for the animals we have. She delivers training for animal welfare workers in supporting owners, and others, to change their behaviour to improve animal welfare, including in animal hoarding. Williams also writes about teaching, mental health practice and the impact of animals on human mental health.

Claire Gordon graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from Glasgow University. She has worked as an international event groom both in the UK and in Australia before returning to Scotland to work as an Equine Nurse at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Gordon has worked in welfare since 2007 when she joined the RSPCA as an Inspector in Hertfordshire before moving on to work for World Horse Welfare in 2010 as Field Officer in Suffolk, Essex and Kent. She became Chief Field Officer in 2016 and works investigating welfare concerns. Gordon is also a Director and Vice-Chair of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC).

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