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  • 09/25/19 Getting to Model Shelter: One Shelter’s Journey to Completion of the ASV Guidelines

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn how Humane Society Silicon Valley tackled over five hundred guidelines and significantly increased our life-saving capacity... and how you can, too! RACE-approved.

    The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, a voluntary set of guidelines designed to promote the highest standards of welfare in animal shelters, has a lofty goal: to eliminate the suffering and needless death of homeless pets waiting for homes. In this session, we'll discuss how Humane Society Silicon Valley tackled over five hundred guidelines and significantly increased our life-saving capacity... and how you can, too!!!

    This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval (both Interactive-Distance and Non-Interactive-Distance). 

    BONUS!:

    - Members of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement who are vets or vet students may receive a free 1-year membership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
    - Members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians may receive a free 1-year membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

         >> Membership instructions will be sent after you attend your first webinar in full.

    Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA

    Chief of Shelter Medicine, Humane Society Silicon Valley

    Dr. Kamiya graduated from Colorado State University, College of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1999, and then went on to also complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2005. Dr. Kamiya’s first encounter with the shelter world occurred at the age of nine when her family adopted a mixed breed puppy from the Hawaiian Humane Society.  A love of animals and a childhood dream of becoming an animal doctor evolved over the years into a passion for advocating on behalf of homeless and lost pets.  Prior to the shelter medicine residency, she has worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, and rescues in the Denver-Boulder areas of Colorado, and the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona. Dr. Kamiya’s main interests are in infectious disease, shelter management, surgery, and animal cruelty investigation.

    Kristen Jahnke

    Director of Shelter Operations, Humane Society Silicon Valley

    Kristen Jahnke has been in the animal welfare industry for over 15 years, joining Humane Society Silicon Valley in 2016 as the Director of Animal Operations.  Previously, she was the Director of Medical Operations at PAWS Chicago until she decided to put away her snow boots for the sunny beaches of California. Kristen holds a BA in Social Work from Marquette University. 

  • 10/02/19 Come Together: Why & How We Need to Think About Mergers and Consolidations

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/02/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    The Wisconsin Humane Society today is the combination of five previously separate organizations. We’ll discuss why we think it is so important to consider combining organizations in this way; how we’ve done it; and what the impact has been.

    The animal welfare field has been fragmented from its very beginnings. Sheltering organizations have been providing separate services for so long that we don’t notice that we’re doing it, or wonder whether there is another choice. In fact, especially in today’s world, our separateness has dramatic negative impact on our work, and places all our organizations at risk. The Wisconsin Humane Society today is the combination of five previously separate organizations. We’ll discuss why we think it is so important to consider combining organizations in this way; how we’ve done it; and what the impact has been.

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Anne Reed

    President & CEO, Wisconsin Humane Society

    Anne Reed became the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humane Society in January of 2010. Before joining WHS, Anne spent almost three decades as a corporate litigator at the Milwaukee law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC. 

    At the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS), Anne stepped into the leadership of Wisconsin’s oldest, largest, and most recognized animal welfare organization. For more than 130 years, WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need, and carrying out its mission to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. WHS helped to pioneer the idea that every animal available for adoption in a shelter could be free of time limits, taking as long as needed to be adopted. WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Saukville and Racine. 

    Anne serves on the board of directors of the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS), Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, and Shelter Animals Count, a national database initiative. She also chairs NFHS’s 2020 Vision Initiative. Anne also served as president of Meta House’s board of directors from 2005 to 2007 and served on the board from 2001 to 2010. As a lawyer, she was named one of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s “Women In The Law;” was named to the list of “Wisconsin Superlawyers,” and authored a law blog which was twice named one of the 100 best in the country by the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal.

  • 10/09/19 Foundations for Behavioral Well-Being

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/09/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    We'll discuss how to meet the five freedoms of animal welfare for all animals in our care in affordable, doable ways, such as housing, in-housing enrichment, out-of-housing time, and length of stay. RACE-approved.

    Let's face it, shelter living is challenging. The shelter is filled with strange noises, weird smells, unfamiliar people, new food, and questionable roommates. On top of all that, we do not really have a way to explain to the animals that we have their best interests in mind, so we must show them. But what's the best way to do this? Come to this session to find out!

    We'll discuss how to meet the five freedoms of animal welfare for all animals in our care in affordable, doable ways, such as housing, in-housing enrichment, out-of-housing time, and certainly length of stay. You'll leave with actionable ideas to implement at your shelter, as well as long-term goals to improve the lives of all animals (and people!) in your shelter.  All staff (both medical and non) and especially shelter leaders with decision making capabilities will benefit from this webinar.

    This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    CEUS:

    • This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.
    • This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval (both Interactive-Distance and Non-Interactive-Distance).
    • This webinar has been approved for 1 CEU for behavior consultants by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)  and The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Attendees seeking CEUs are required to attend the full live session or watch the full recording, pass the quiz, then email their CCPDT # to learning@theaawa.org.  You may download the IAABC certificate from within the course. 

    BONUS!

    - Members of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement who are vets or vet students may receive a free 1-year membership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
    - Members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians may receive a free 1-year membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

         >> Membership instructions will be sent after you attend your first webinar in full.  

    ​Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP

    Shelter Medicine Practice, Outreach Veterinarian, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis

    Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP is a Shelter Medicine Practice, Outreach Veterinarian with Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis. Dr. Karsten became board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice in 2017. Her main areas of interest include population management, infectious disease control, intake diversion/safety net programs, and providing affordable, accessible veterinary care in all communities. Dr. Karsten serves as a board member of and volunteers with the non-profits Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless, and Compassion Without Borders.

    Rachel Powell, DVM

    UW/UCD Maddie's Shelter Medicine Fellow and Shelter Veterinarian, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

    Dr. Rachel Powell graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and has spent her career in private mixed-animal and equine practices. She started working for Saving Grace in 2018 and very much enjoys practicing in the shelter environment. The work is professionally and personally gratifying and she feels like she is making a real difference in her community and in the lives of the people and animals she works with. She has also discovered a passion for T-N-R and Return To Field programs to help manage community cat populations and reduce cat numbers in shelters.

  • 10/16/19 Updated Animal Transportation Best Practices

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 10/16/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This first session in the 2019 series will provide a broad overview of the role of animal relocation programs and discuss the indications for various program models

    Animal relocation is an important tool in decreasing shelter crowding and saving more lives. In order to ensure safety, efficacy, and sustainability of relocation programs, consideration must be given to understanding state and local regulations. Animals selected for relocation should be carefully screened for physical and behavioral health, and programs should monitor and address stakeholder concerns proactively. This session will provide a broad overview of the role of animal relocation programs and discuss the indications for various program models, including key considerations to help decide if relocation is right for your agency and address general requirements for source and destination organizations. Recommendations will be presented in light of the updated Best Practices, a living document, designed to expand over time as community and animal needs adapt to societal changes and advancing knowledge of animal welfare.

    This is the first in a new 4-part updated Best Practices Webinar Series: Companion Animal Transport (2019), based on the recently revised Best Practices document.

    Approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Brad Shear, CAWA

    Executive Director, Potter League for Animals

    Brad Shear is the Executive Director of the Potter League for Animals.  Brad is one of two Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) in the state of Rhode Island.  In addition to his work at the Potter League, Brad serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, chairing their Best Practices and Emerging Trends Committee for The Association and representing The Association on the board of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition.  Brad also serves on the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Shelter Advisory Council, and the board of the Ocean State Animal Coalition.  Brad was a founder of the New York State Animal Protection Federation where he served as Board President for 7 years and continues to serve as the President of the Federation’s education foundation.  He previously served on the board of Community Works of New York State and is a past chair of the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council. Prior to leading the Potter League, Brad served for ten years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Albany New York.  Brad was the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Humane Society, managed the Brooklyn Shelter for New York City Animal Care and Control, and began his animal protection career at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado. 

    Karen Walsh, CAWA, LVMT, CFE

    Director, Animal Relocation, ASPCA

  • 11/06/19 The Leadership Challenge: Nobody in Vet School Told Me I Had to Lead to Succeed

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 11/06/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Practitioners will learn how to successfully lead multiple stakeholders and truly rise to the occasion to positively affect shelter leadership. Pending RACE approval.

    How do we achieve our goals, when all we ever wanted to do is help animals? Why did nobody in vet school tell us, that by virtue of our degree, we are leaders in the community?

    The good news is that leaders are made and not born. Just as we can learn to become effective Spay/Neuter surgeons, we can learn to become effective leaders. Veterinarians are, as animal welfare professionals and subject matter experts, very well positioned to take the lead. If veterinarians don’t take the lead and advocate based on the power of all Five Freedoms, we are not representing the animal’s best interest. Join us to get the recipe for taking the lead in everyday veterinary operations.

    In this webinar, we will discuss the importance of personal values: we all have them, but if you have never thought about them and cannot voice them, you cannot lead efficiently. We will discuss how the mission and vision of an organization – or the lack thereof – affects your leading power. Practitioners will learn how to successfully lead multiple stakeholders and truly rise to the occasion to positively affect shelter leadership. 

    This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

    BONUS!

    - Members of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement who are vets or vet students may receive a free 1-year membership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
    - Members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians may receive a free 1-year membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

         >> Membership instructions will be sent after you attend your first webinar in full.  

    Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA

    VP Rescue and Welfare, an Francisco SPCA

    Dr. Berger first obtained her veterinary degree in 1991 in Zurich, Switzerland. She moved to Davis, California in 1998, where she completed her residency in veterinary behavior and attained board certification with the American College for Veterinary Behaviorists from UC Davis in 2007. In 2014, she attained board certification from the American College of Animal Welfare. Since 2011, Dr. Berger has overseen all aspects of clinical behavior programs at the SF SPCA. In 2016, she became the Society's Vice President of Rescue and Welfare.

  • 11/13/2019 How to Implement Transport Best Practices

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 11/13/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Let’s discuss emergency and air transports and the use of the hub system on an urgent timeline. This is the final session in a 4-part Transport Best Practices series.

    So you have decided a transport is right for your organization and community – now what?  Where do you start?  How do you get there and which animals will you choose?

    This webinar will explain how to implement the newly revised Companion Animal Transport Best Practices Document at your organization. Transport provides a means of addressing animal population imbalance across the country and this webinar will share some of the key areas to consider when establishing a program. 

    This is the second session in a new 4-part updated Best Practices Webinar Series: Companion Animal Transport (2019), based on the recently revised Best Practices document.

    Approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Jerrica Owen, CAWA

    Director, Strategic Initiatives, San Diego Humane Society, CA

    Jerrica Owen is the Interim San Diego Campus Co-Director for San Diego Humane Society. She has 15 years animal welfare experience, her first 6 years concentrated in animal behavior where she implemented, executed and managed a behavior evaluation program at SDHS. Her experience and expertise includes animal behavior, effective animal shelter inventory and population management, process efficiencies, program development, and progressions in policy and procedure. Jerrica received a B.S. degree in Health Science from California State University, Chico, and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

    Sarah Thompson, CAWA

    Director for Rescue & Recovery, San Diego Humane Society

    Sarah Thompson, CAWA, is the Director for Rescue & Recovery with San Diego Humane Society.  She has held several positions over a 12 year span with SDHS, including oversight of Guest Relations and Adoptions at the San Diego Campus, and several organization wide programs including Retail Operations, Livestock, Alternative Placement (Foster and Rescue) and Animal Transport.  Sarah is also a member of the SDHS Emergency Response Team, providing support to the community in times of disaster or other emergencies. 

  • 12/04/19 Medical Aspects of Companion Animal Transport Programs

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 12/04/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Learn about best practices in medical oversight of companion animal transport programs. This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.

    Learn about best practices in medical oversight of companion animal transport programs.  The role of the veterinarian and veterinary team start at the planning stages of a transport program, with a need for robust medical protocols at all stages in the transport process.  We'll review how to implement effective shelter medicine practices to mitigate disease risk in transport programs and how to use a strong communication system to troubleshoot any medical concerns that arise.

    This session is part of the Best Practices Webinar Series: Companion Animal Transport (2019) (coming soon) AND part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval (both Interactive-Distance and Non-Interactive-Distance). 

    BONUS!

    - Members of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement who are vets or vet students may receive a free 1-year membership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
    - Members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians may receive a free 1-year membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

         >> Membership instructions will be sent after you attend your first webinar in full.

    Dr. Erin Doyle

    Senior Director of Shelter Medicine, ASPCA

    Dr. Erin Doyle is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine in the Shelter Medicine Services team within the ASPCA’s Shelter Outreach division.  The Shelter Medicine Services team provides shelter medicine expertise and consultation both internally and with the ASPCA’s external shelter partners.  Dr. Doyle is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.     

    Dr. Doyle received her DVM from Tufts University in 2004 and spent three years immediately following graduation in general small animal practice in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Dr. Doyle left private practice to join the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) where she worked for over ten years.  During her tenure at the ARL, Dr. Doyle was promoted to the head of the shelter medicine department and assisted with the forensic and law enforcement program.  She also completed a fellowship with the Koret Shelter Medicine program at UC Davis in 2012.  Dr. Doyle is serving her second term as president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and is an adjunct faculty member in Shelter Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

  • Best Practices Webinar Series: Companion Animal Transport (2019)

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    The Best Practices in Companion Animal Transportation document was updated in 2019. These four webinars will help you understand the document and how to use it.

    The Best Practices in Companion Animal Transportation document was updated in 2019. Learn about the revisions and added content in this 4-part series.

    All session have been approved for CAWA CEs.   Series:

    1. Updated Animal Transportation Best Practices (10/16/19)

    2. How to Implement the Transportation Best Practice Document (11/13/19)

    3. Medical Aspects of Companion Animal Transport Programs (12/04/19) [approved for RACE CE]

    4. Urgent Transport: Moving Large Numbers of Animals by Air and Land (1/15/20)

  • 01/15/2020 Urgent Transport: Moving Large Numbers of Animals by Air and Land

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 01/15/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Let’s discuss emergency and air transports and the use of the hub system on an urgent timeline. This is the final session in a 4-part Transport Best Practices series.

    Not everything goes according to plan! Let’s discuss emergency and air transports and the use of the hub system on an urgent timeline.

    Rather than letting perfect get in the way of good, we will examine how to safely and effectively move large numbers of animals during an emergency. We’ll also talk about how to implement a hub system to save lives during disasters (both natural or man-made).  Attendees will take away ideas that will help them develop a process to conduct large-scale and emergency transports that emphasize the comfort and safety of each individual animal.

    This webinar is for any individual or group that cares for animals in a shelter setting or works/volunteers in animal welfare.

    This is the final session in a new 4-part updated Best Practices Webinar Series: Companion Animal Transport (2019), based on the recently revised Best Practices document.

    Approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Kim Alboum

    Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement Director, HSUS

    As HSUS Director of Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement, Kim Alboum has worked to create nationwide partnerships resulting in the placement of thousands of animals that were victims of animal cruelty, natural disasters, and overcrowding. Kim also works with HSUS State Directors to strengthen relationships between community animal shelters and animal advocates. She created the Shelter Ally Project, an outreach initiative to connect strong progressive shelters with shelters in need of support and training. The program also allows for funding of HSUS partners to travel and mentor shelters in creating lifesaving programs and address the homeless pet population disparity nationwide. 

    Gina Gardner

    President, Humane Society of Tulsa

    Gina Gardner founded the Humane Society of Tulsa and uses her law degree to assist Oklahoma law enforcement and District Attorney offices in animal crimes including how to recognize them and obtain search warrants, execute humane seizure of animals, set a bond and forfeiture hearing and assist in the prosecution of offenders with evidence collection.  Gina manages the Tulsa County animal response team and is heavily involved in the Oklahoma state animal response team where her work in disasters has been recognized with awards by the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp and US Department of Health & Human Services.  She has a decade of experience in pet transport and in 2018 established the Pet Transport Hub for Humane Society of Tulsa which has moved over 4000 pets from municipal shelters in Oklahoma and Texas to Shelter Ally Program partners.

  • 01/22/2020 Population Medicine and Effective Animal Disaster Response & Recovery

    Product not yet rated Includes Credits Includes a Live Event on 01/22/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    We will address how shelters can use population medicine to ensure the welfare of animals while protecting public health during disasters. Pending RACE approval.

    Learn about activities that can be performed by shelters before, during, and after a disaster to build organizational resiliency and enhance recovery.  We will specifically address how population medicine is used to ensure the welfare of animals while protecting public health during disasters. Attendees will learn how to:  

    • Review shelter intake, triage, and common medical procedures necessary in animal disaster response and recovery
    • Develop protocols to be used by staff when caring for animals affected by a disaster
    • Identify resources needed to effectively respond and recover from a disaster
    • Formulate a plan to integrate operations with local disaster management efforts

    This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    CEUS:

    • This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.
    • This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

    BONUS!

    - Members of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement who are vets or vet students may receive a free 1-year membership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
    - Members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians may receive a free 1-year membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

         >> Membership instructions will be sent after you attend your first webinar in full. 

    Carla L. Huston, DVM, PhD, dipl. ACVPM

    Professor and Beef Extension Veterinarian, CVM Animal Disaster Response Coordinator, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University

    Dr. Carla Huston, DVM, PhD, dipl. ACVPM, is a member of numerous federal and state disaster management organizations and serves as the Veterinary Services branch leader for the Mississippi Animal Response Team (MART) under the state’s official response plan.  Locally, she serves as the chair of the county emergency planning committee (LEPC) and as a deputy with the county Sheriff’s Office for disaster management. As the coordinator of the CVM Animal Disaster Response Team, she leads deployments and conducts training in collaboration with MART, local first responders, veterinarians, and veterinary students.