02/02/2022 Practicing Ethical Community Engagement

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Recorded On: 02/02/2022

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Practicing Ethical Community Engagement: Good Intentions Don't Always Create Good Outcomes

As community initiatives become a large focus in the sheltering field, leaders must ask important questions about how to ethically develop and implement programming.  This webinar discusses research-based guidelines on how to establish responsible community efforts, which include direct community involvement, research and evaluation, and long-term commitment to funding.  We will:

  • Review literature related to ethical program development
  • Examine CDC principles of community engagement guidelines
  • Discuss case examples surrounding potential ethical challenges in community engagement
  • Discuss how to develop ethical community programming in the sheltering field

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 live and recorded program is approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 hour of continuing education credit through CFRE

If you wish to earn RACE CEs, you MUST submit your veterinary/tech license number + license state when you join the live session or after you watch recording (due to new AAVSB RACE requirements)!  Participants have to attend at least 50 minutes of the live session / watch 50 minutes of the recording in order to receive the 1-hour credit of RACE CE.


Read this blog about the webinar: Tip of the Week: Your Go-To Guide for Engaging the Community

Brittany Watson, BS/MS, VMD, PhD

Director, Shelter Animal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Brittany Watson is the Director of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and Co-Head of the Behavior, Welfare, and Human-Animal Interaction Research Division. She is an Associate Professor in Clinical Shelter Medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine. She currently manages medical, surgical, and educational training of veterinary students through electives and primary care, shelter medicine rotations and courses, and community outreach initiatives. Course techniques involve integrating community needs, best teaching practices, and organizational leadership strategies. She involves veterinary students in authentic learning experiences including medical shelter exams, at-home visits with community partners, continuing education to shelters, one-health approaches to problem solving, outreach to local school classrooms, and shelter population management.  She also teaches in the online Animal Welfare and Behavior Certificate and Master’s Program at Penn Vet.  Dr. Watson is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. 

She was previously the Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives at Charleston Animal Society (CAS). She received her BS in Biology and MS in Education at Duquesne University, VMD at the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation focused on examining the impact of humane education and science outreach programs on the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of high school students participating in the VSI: Veterinary Science Initiative Program.

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