Dr Ma will talk about her experience on the project Keeping Cats Safe at Home designing and implementing evidence-based best practice targeted cat desexing programs that aim to address populations of stray cats. She will also talk about how Keeping Cats Safe at Home is using social science research and human psychology to influence the behaviour of cat owners and stray cat carers to increase cat containment and reduce overpopulation.
Dr Gemma Ma:
Gemma is an RSPCA veterinarian with over 10 years’ experience working in shelter medicine and general veterinary clinical practice. During this time she has worked extensively on RSPCA NSW access-to-vet-care programs across NSW. Dr Ma graduated with a PhD from the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science in 2020. Her thesis investigated the role of companion animals in human and environmental health. Dr Ma is currently Project Manager on Keeping Cats Safe at Home a 4-year human behaviour change project assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. The project aims to reduce wildlife impacts of domestic cats by encouraging cat owners to prevent their cats from roaming and is working in partnership with 11 NSW councils.
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