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ISES 13th Equitation Science conference – ISES 2017 Down Under

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia

Nic de Brauwere MRCVS

Head of Welfare Rehabilitation and Education – Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Nic de Brauwere is Head of Welfare Rehabilitation and Education at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the UK’s largest horse charity. Nic is also a director of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) whose purpose is to protect horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, by providing support, guidance and a communication forum to equine organisations, businesses and charities to help raise equine welfare standards nationwide.

Nicolas graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1991 from Onderstepoort in South Africa and has worked at Redwings Horse Sanctuary since then providing clinical services, herd health management, welfare department support and staff training. In 2002 he was appointed Senior Welfare Veterinary Surgeon and has dealt with many individual cases, large-scale rescues in Devon, Gelligaer and Lincolnshire, worked with NEWC members – SWHP, EHPPS and World Horse Welfare and has testified in Magistrate and Crown Courts for RSPCA prosecution cases. In 2004 he was co-opted onto the NEWC Executive Committee. His interests include the theoretical and practical aspects of working with un-handled, semi-feral equines, finding solutions for equines suffering in private ownership and improving awareness of welfare issues affecting the older and/or un-handled equines by educating owners and colleagues in appropriate solutions to problems.

Nic has been a regular contributor to the International Society for Equitation Science over the past decade and brings valuable experience of working at the research–practice interface and strongly believes in the need for meaningful co-operation between all of those involved with equids in order to tackle issue-driven problems and to improve understanding and communication and effect changes in practice.