Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 Recording Package

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    • Animal Welfare Professional Member - $99
    • Student Member - Free!
    • Industry Partner Member - $199
    • Learning Non-member - $149

Our work by its very nature can be emotionally taxing. This conference is designed to help attendees closely examine ways to build resilience, both for themselves and the organizations they represent. Learn how to take better care of yourself as well as the people and animals in your community.

This package includes the recordings of the 18 sessions plus opening remarks from the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.  The conference theme of resilience was covered by 4 tracks: field services, fundraising, outreach, and shelter medicine. Many sessions reflected upon the pandemic's impact on their topic and two of the sessions specifically discussed our industry's response to COVID-19.

BONUS: visit The Virtual Exhibit Hall -- available until November 2020. 32 booths!

CE: Learn about the continuing education opportunities available for each recorded session.


Fees are based on your level of membership with The Association. Learn more about membership.

$ 99     Animal Welfare Professional members of The Association
$  0      Student Members
$149     Learning Non-members (a free option with limited benefits)
$199     Industry Partner

Want to learn more about the Spring Conference before you make the purchase? Read these two blogs about the conference sessions:

Looking for smaller, more focused packages? Check out these less expensive packages organized by conference track:

Fundraising & Leadership Package
Outreach & Leadership Package
Field Services & Leadership Package
Shelter Medicine & Leadership Package

  • Rubber Not Glue: Awakening the Resilience Within You + Conference Opening Remarks by Jim Tedford, June 16, 2020

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    Learn how to flow through adversity; develop a resilient, courageous, and compassionate spirit; and bounce forward into success!

    Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations. How much of it you have will dictate how you respond to the inevitable challenges of life that are thrown your way. Will you sink or will you swim? Will negative experiences stick to you and drag you down or do they roll off you like water off a duck’s back? We all want to be more resilient, but if we are already run down, not confident, afraid, or ready to throw in the towel, how does one develop this magical skill?

    Learn how to flow through adversity; develop a resilient, courageous, and compassionate spirit; and bounce forward into success! We will discuss how the human mind can be conditioned to suffer and introduce concepts of how to rewire your brain to cultivate more supportive neural pathways, thoughts, and emotional responses. Happiness and success are largely determined by how we choose to respond to events, whether they be good or bad. Life can present hard lessons, but resilience can help us transform hardship into opportunity, and not only lift ourselves, but also be an inspiration to others.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for

    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Sarah J. Wooten, DVM, CVJ

    Dr. Sarah Wooten is a 2002 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a well-known international speaker in the veterinary and animal health care spaces. She has 10 years’ experience in public speaking and media work, and writes for a large number of online and print animal health publications, such as chewy.com, petMD, Vetstreet, Hill’s Education Blog, DVM360 print and online publications, Healthy Pet Magazine, and the Bark. Dr. Wooten is also a certified veterinary journalist, a member of the AVMA, and has 16 years’ experience in small animal veterinary practice.

  • Commitment to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare (Panel Discussion)

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/16/2020

    Listen to a recording of a bold and honest conversation with a panel of animal welfare leaders already implementing change.

    Amanda Arrington (HSUS) and Johnny Jenkins (PetSmart Charities) joined forces in October 2019 to lead The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. These two animal welfare leaders immediately began working to dismantle barriers to advance DEI efforts in animal welfare. Bolstered by The Association’s Board of Directors' commitment to action, the goal is to coordinate a North American leadership summit resulting in a doctrine dedicated to eradicating institutional structures that maintain systemic disparities in animal welfare. A strong and committed intersectional pipeline of advocates and leaders will be critical to the sustainability and evolution of this work. How do we stay vigilant, avoid complacency, and continue to challenge ourselves to advance in this work? We start with a bold and honest conversation at the 2020 Spring Conference with a panelist of animal welfare leaders already implementing change. 

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs

    This panel discussion was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020. Learn about the full conference recording package. 

    And check out the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package which includes this recording.

    Amanda Arrington - Panel Facilitator

    Senior Director of Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    With Pets For Life, Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the United States and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement. Arrington previously served as a lobbyist and North Carolina State Director for HSUS., served three years as the chair of the Durham County Animal Control Advisory Committee and on the board of the Durham Interneighborhood Council. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s OnPOINT committee on increasing diversity in animal welfare.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    Associate Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities

    Responsible for managing the adoptions grant portfolio for animal welfare organizations along the United States’ east coast and Puerto Rico, Jenkin’s mission is simple – find homes for homeless pets. He’s experienced in strategic grant-making and program management. As a program director at a large community center in Detroit, Jenkins successfully wrote grants raising approximately $750K to support critical human service programs. He also has an organizing and grant making background in social justice and advocacy in the LGBT Equality movement. Currently, Jenkins currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s OnPOINT committee on increasing diversity in animal welfare.

    Gabrielle Chapman

    Senior Social Justice Analyst, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    Gabrielle Chapman is the former Executive Director of Call to Action for Racial Equality, West Virginia’s first professional statewide racial equity coalition. As HSUS’ Pets for Life Senior Analyst Social Justice, Gabrielle will lend her skill set to facilitate complex conversations ranging from criminal justice reform to racial and economic justice in the animal welfare world. She is a 2018–2019 Soros Justice Fellow with the Open Society Foundation and serves as a Board of Director for West Virginia’s Center on Budget and Policy and West Virginia Women's Health Center. Chapman holds a BS in Applied Biology from Russell Sage College. During her college years, she interned at the U.S. Department of Defense, was an assistant with Sage College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee.

    Ed Jamison

    Director of Dallas Animal Services, City of Dallas

    Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed Jamison has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Jamison is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jamison was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs.

    Jose Sandoval

    Commissioner for the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services

    Known as a proponent on issues of health, safety, and animal advocacy serving in public service roles in the Los Angeles Area, in 2012 Sandoval founded the Latino Alliance for Animal Care coalition to educate and empower the Latino community about animal welfare. Sandoval's interest in working on behalf of animals began with the adoption of his German Shepherd/Collie mix, Lucky, from the East Valley Animal Shelter after the dog was abandoned by four previous owners. Today, the bond between Lucky and Sandoval is inseparable. From that experience, he continues to build his network as a resource to help other companion animals find loving homes.

  • Hashtags & Hatemail

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    Learn new approaches to dealing with abusive language, primarily in social media situations.

    Do you dread putting a found dog on Instagram because the public will declare that you have him on death row? Do you struggle to respond to cranky questions about your agency in public forums? Do you find yourself on pins and needles when making a tough decision on a cat who is a Facebook favorite? Learn new approaches to dealing with abusive language, primarily in social media situations. This session will offer you guidance on constructive public messaging on sensitive industry topics and help you turn the page on keyboard warriors.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Nina Stively

    Director, Loudoun County Animal Services

    Nina Stively is the Director of Loudoun County Animal Services in northern Virginia, an independent government agency that includes the county animal shelter and a team of sworn humane law enforcement officers. Nina is a Certified Animal Cruelty Investigator, a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, and an Animal Control Officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

  • Interacting with Increasingly Diverse Communities

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    The speakers will de-mystify LGBTQI communities, along with identify how to restfully handle customer service interactions, field interviews, pat downs, arrests, and report writing.

    In 2018, California’s Governor Brown signed a bill which requires P.O.S.T certified training and guidelines regarding sexual orientation and gender identity for all peace officers. While most Animal Control and Humane Officers do not fall under the P.O.S.T. training requirements, they are still out in the community dealing with the same diverse communities as law enforcement. Shelter personnel also interact with and serve the same community; however, rarely do we see training at animal conferences to help our staff better understand and interact with the myriad of cultures and communities coming through the shelter doors. 

    We will focus on demystifying LGBTQI and other communities, along with identifying how to handle customer service interactions, field interviews, pat downs, arrests, and report writing in a way that will help attendees provide respectful service while upholding department and professional integrity.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs


    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020. Learn about the full conference recording package.

    And check out the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package which includes this recording.

    Jace Huggins

    Chief Animal Control Officer, City of Sacramento–Front Street Shelter

    Jace Huggins Currently the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Sacramento, Jace has worked most pet-related jobs in his career, from retail pet stores to being an Intensive Care Unit Technician at the renowned UC Davis Small Animal Teaching Hospital. Jace loves working with his District Attorney and the Sacramento Animal Cruelty Task Force on cruelty cases and educating his regional team.

    Michele Gigante

    Police Sergeant, Sacramento Police Department

    Sergeant Gigante has been a police officer for 21 years and supervises the Sacramento Police Department’s Research, Training and Development In-Service Unit. In her role she develops and organizes training for all SPD Officers. She also develops and assists in the implementation of training as it relates to LGBTQ+ issues. Sgt. Gigante has been SPD’s LGBTQ+ Liaison officer since the official implementation of the position at SPD, however, she has acted as the LGBTQ+ liaison for many years before that.

  • The Real-Time Way to Raise Major Gifts, and How it’s Different than Five Years Ago

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    This session will provide you with the confidence and tangible takeaways to implement a newfound major gift trajectory no matter how far along you already might be.

    At its core, major gift fundraising is easy. It’s about making people feel good about themselves and good about giving, and we all can do that! Major gift fundraising in 2020 isn’t about money. In fact, lack of available capital in today’s world to fund major gifts is not an issue at all, and there’s never been more money in the charitable system. Raising major gifts is about how we treat people. It’s about conversations, not transactions. It’s about collaboration, not lecturing. It’s about fairness, not manipulation. Donors want to give—they need to, they want to, and sometimes, they’re required to.

    This session will provide attendees with the confidence and tangible takeaways they can implement back in their offices the following week to begin a newfound major gift trajectory no matter how far along they already might be. We move beyond the “spray and pray” approach into a major gift strategy suitable for the way relationships and communities really work today. It’s all about providing more relevant engagement experiences in an affordable, high-ROI way!

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs
    • 1.0 CEs from CFRE International

    Scott Koskoski

    Founder & Principal Consultant, Carpe Diem Fundraising

    Scott Koskoski is the founder and principal consultant at Carpe Diem Fundraising, where he partners with local, national, and international organizations to increase fundraising and engagement production, evolve staff and board both culturally and professionally, and strengthen their value propositions. Scott has enjoyed a 22-year journey as a frontline fundraiser, campaign director, and nonprofit leader. Scott’s experience focuses on major and principal gifts, board engagement, strategic planning, and coaching anyone with a desire to elevate their impact.

  • Pharmaceutical Challenges in Sheltering

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    This session will cover considerations when using compounded medications, including preparing them in-house. We will also discuss controlled substance record keeping for compounded and commercial products.

    Medications, including compounds, are often necessary to treat our patients. But the cost of medications can add up quickly and the record keeping requirements can become challenging. This session will cover considerations when using compounded medications, including preparing them in-house. We will also discuss controlled substance record keeping for compounded and commercial products.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

    This session is approved for:

    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Lauren Forsythe, PHARMD, DICVP, FSVHP

    Pharmacy Coordinator, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital

    Dr. Lauren Forsythe graduated from the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in 2015. She then completed her veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After completing her residency, she spent three years as a veterinary clinical pharmacist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is now the Pharmacy Director at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

  • The COVID-19 Response: Using Science to Separate Fact from Fiction

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    This session will cover considerations when using compounded medications, including preparing them in-house.

    What started as a small meeting of animal welfare leaders and veterinarians in late February, evolved into the North American Coalition for COVID-19 Response with nearly 40 veterinary leaders from Canada, Australia, and the United States collaborating with animal welfare leaders from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, American Pets Alive!, ASPCA, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, AVMA, Best Friends Animal Society, Humane Canada, The Humane Society of the United States, National Animal Care and Control, RSPCA, and shelter medicine leadership programs from University of California, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, and Cornell University.

    This collaboration was the first time many of these organizations worked together and the partnership achieved extraordinary results: a unified voice for how animal welfare organizations should navigate a public health crisis. Propelled by a goal of providing animal welfare professionals and pet owners with accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19, these leaders advised veterinarians, public health officials, shelter leadership, and policymakers to continue lifesaving innovation in animal sheltering in the face of a rapidly spreading and deadly pandemic. The panelists will discuss their experiences during the response.

    Panelists:
    Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Director, Center for Companion Animal Studies, Colorado State University; Chair, World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee
    Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine), Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, University of Florida
    Sandra Newbury, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine), Director, Shelter Medicine Program, University of Wisconsin
    J. Scott Weese, DVM DVSc DipACVIM, Professor, Ontario Veterinary College

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

    Director, Center for Companion Animal Studies, Colorado State University; Chair, World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee

    Dr. Michael Lappin is a Professor of Infectious Disease in the Colorado State University Department of Clinical Sciences. His laboratory studies immune responses to vaccination against respiratory viruses in cats and immune responses to feline vaccines. He oversees a large diagnostic service for feline infectious agents. Dr. Lappin is also Director of Shelter Medicine and investigates disease outbreaks and management in shelter settings. He serves as Chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee.

    Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine)

    Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, University of Florida

    Dr. Julie Levy’s work focuses on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for community cat management. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, a university-based trap-neuter-return program. Dr. Levy joined Dr. Cynda Crawford to found Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save millions of cats in shelters across North America.

    ​Dr. Sandra Newbury

    Director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program

    Dr. Sandra Newbury is the Director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program and Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Newbury helped to build the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis from 2006-2014. Her academic work has focused on clinical studies in infectious disease, immunology, and population medicine.

    J. Scott Weese, DVM DVSc DipACVIM

    Professor, Ontario Veterinary College

    Dr. Scott Weese is a veterinary internist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph; Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses; and Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital.

  • Treating the Entire Animal through Medical and Behavior Coordination

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    We will discuss parameters, approaches, and challenges for both medical and behavior evaluators which may sometimes be sitting on the opposite end of the stick.

    Decision-making for animal outcome, both positive and negative, is a complex process that may involve the establishment of the soundness of an animal’s health and/or behavior. We will discuss parameters, approaches, and challenges for both medical and behavior evaluators which may sometimes be sitting on the opposite end of the stick. Case studies will demonstrate the processes involved in arriving at a decision for the appropriate outcome. The discussion is aimed to provide not just concepts but practical steps in treating and evaluating the entire animal.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

    This session has been approved for 1.0 CEs from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

    This session is also approved for:
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Maria Sabio-Solacito, DVM

    Senior Veterinarian, County of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Care and Control

    Maria Solacito is a Senior Veterinarian for Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Working with DACC for the past 11 years provided Dr. Solacito vast experience in establishing collaborative relationships with other animal welfare professionals of different disciplines and mindsets. Her passion and dedication to the practice of shared leadership assisted her agency in developing cohesive programs and inclusive decision-making processes.

    Alison Waszmer, CTC, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Behavior Division Manager, County of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Care and Control

    Ali Waszmer is the Behavior Division Manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, responsible for development and oversight of training and enrichment programs for pets at all seven animal care centers. Striving to become an accomplished behavior consultant, Ali earned multiple certifications after attending the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. In her career, Ali has held various positions from Volunteer Manager to Shelter Manager to Director of Program Development.

  • Facebook Fundraising: Why We Ran Toward it While Others Ran from It

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    Explore best practices for attracting worldwide donors and appealing to existing donors through real-time storytelling and capturing donor data.

    The line between marketing and fundraising continues to blur. It is becoming increasingly important to reach donors where they are at, and where a lot of donors are at is Facebook. In their first four years, Facebook fundraisers have raised over $2 Billion for nonprofits across the globe, but it’s not a perfect system, so many organizations have been slow to prioritize this platform in their fundraising plans. We’ll explore best practices for attracting worldwide donors and appealing to existing donors through real-time storytelling and capturing donor data. You’ll gain tips for stewardship and other scalable takeaways that you’ll be able to implement immediately, regardless of staff size and resources.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs
    • 1.0 CEs from CFRE International

    Stephanie Filer

    Director of Development, Animal Rescue League of Iowa

    As the Director of Development for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Stephanie Filer oversees the staff teams responsible for the public relations, marketing, fundraising, volunteer, and adoption programs at the state’s largest animal shelter.  She has been in non-profit marketing/fundraising for 15 years and was initially thrown into the dangerous waters of crisis communication after being nominated to serve as the media spokesperson on her first day as a board member at her hometown shelter, in the midst of their legal and public relations nightmare.  Throughout her career, she has successfully navigated a variety of communication issues, ranging from “small social media fires” to “public relations catastrophes”. 

  • Leading an Effective Animal Cruelty Task Force

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    Learn how to start a grass roots anti-cruelty movement to make a positive change for the animals in your community.

    Have you ever been frustrated with the level of animal cruelty you witness in your career but don’t know where to turn for support within the community? This presentation will explain how to start a grass roots movement to make a positive change for the animals in our communities, especially in high crime areas where people see animals as property. We will focus on how to build cohesive relationships between law enforcement, animal welfare officers, and rescue groups.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Captain Andie Taylor, Retired

    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department

    Captain Andie Taylor is a retired Commander with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department in Albuquerque, NM. She was with the department for 20 years. Captain Taylor attended the FBI National Academy and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. She is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in trauma in first responders.