Presentations at Veterinary Schools
Dr. Barbara Hodges speaks to a group of students at Western University.
HSVMA brings educational presentations on animal welfare topics to veterinary schools by request. We cover all our speakers' travel costs and can also reimburse for the cost of food. In return, we ask that students interested in bringing one of our talks to their campus secure a lecture hall or other meeting room and advertise the talk by posting flyers (we will provide them) and/or emailing the student body. Learn how you can request a presentation at your school»
As an animal advocate and veterinary professional, one of the most important tasks you may undertake is recognizing and reporting animal cruelty. This presentation will provide guidance on recognizing animal cruelty, including abuse and neglect, and understanding the veterinary professional's responsibilities in reporting these cases to the appropriate authorities.
This lavishly-illustrated presentation debunks the popular perception that life for animals is a continuous, grim struggle for survival. As pleasure-seekers, animals’ lust for play, sex, touch and food inspires a revolutionary new view of animals. Presented by Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, author of Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good, Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals, and The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure. Learn more about Dr. Balcombe»
This talk reviews the 19th century concerns re animal research & how those might influence or explain the modern debate and then reviews the trends in attitudes to animal research and science, discusses the various ethical approaches to the issue, outlines the current regulatory framework, reviews selected campaigns and case studies and closes with a discussion of intersections between the veterinary profession and the animal protection movement.
Growing public concern regarding animal welfare has led to an emerging topic in veterinary medicine: how to assess the welfare of animals. Animal welfare concerns not only physical health, but also the state of the animal's mind and the extent to which the animal's nature is satisfied (i.e., “Body,” “Mind” and “Nature”). Because of this complexity, assessment of animal welfare presents many challenges and there is yet to be a universally-accepted method. Various frameworks have been suggested, and their application – no matter what method is used – requires knowledge of animal health and production and species-typical behavior.
This presentation reviews the components, challenges and proposed methods of assessing animal welfare. Some of the methods used to assess welfare have tended to focus on measures of production and/or environment (e.g., housing). Such measures are relatively easy to obtain, whereas many animal-centered outcomes are qualitative and difficult to assess. Yet failure to include animal-centered outcomes can lead to flawed assessments. There will be specific examples using companion animals, captive marine mammals, and farm animals. The case for animal-centered outcomes (i.e., from the perspective of the animal) will be made.
A growing concern for animal welfare and increasing public appreciation for positive social impact by the veterinary profession opens up numerous exciting opportunities for veterinarians to make a long-term impact on the health and well-being of animals, and have an amazing experience doing it.
This hour will be a pictorial tour with Dr. Barry Kellogg on some of the projects that he has been fortunate to have been able to take part in. Travelling within the U.S. or to China, Mexico, Philippines, Haiti and Egypt, these adventures serve as examples of opportunities that are available if you just “Dare to Do.” Whether it is dehorning rhinos to eliminate their value to poachers, responding to a disaster, taking part in and shutting down an animal fighting ring, being a part of a major puppy mill bust, volunteering or teaching surgical skills in rural settings here and abroad, performing wellness clinics in underserved urban communities, intervening on behalf of animals via legislative advocacy and policy, or providing care for animals in need, whether it be out in the community or within the clinic walls. Dr. Kellogg will show you how you too can “Dare to Do.” Big projects or little ones, we all can make a difference for animals.
This lecture will provide students an overview of the growing antimicrobial resistance crisis and the veterinarians’ role in helping to mitigate it. The primary focus will be on antimicrobial use in livestock intended for food. Attendees will learn the most up to date information about efforts in California to bring about positive change.
Veterinarians are often faced with conflicts between the desire to help animals and the clients' difficulties in meeting the increasing costs of our medical care, as well as our employer’s policies and expectations. This interactive talk will help you consider the conflicts you will likely face as a practicing veterinarian trying to balance competing interests.
Convenience surgeries, such as cat declawing, ear cropping and tail docking, have no medical benefit, but are still performed by many veterinarians.
This presentation reviews these procedures and explains some of their negative side effects. It also includes information about alternatives and how to effectively explain them to clients.
This lecture will discuss the frequency with which veterinarians, pet owners, and animal companions are affected by economic limitations, the most common resources used to mitigate this problem and their impact on animal care, to what extent veterinarians are informing and educating pet owners regarding costs of care and payment options before patient illness occurs, obstacles to veterinarian compliance in educating clients on this topic, the influence of costs of care on professional recommendations, career satisfaction and professional burnout, and discuss proposed areas for improvement.
This talk reviews overall trends in dog and cat populations, reviews the number of animals handled by shelters and the outcomes for those animals, how this data has been used to track trends and discusses various benchmark statistics.
This talk provides an in depth look at the many types of disasters, both natural and manmade, with a careful look at planning as an attempt to minimize their impact. The presenter has responded to a wide variety and scope of Disasters (from 911 to Hurricane Katrina) and shares his experiences to help in the planning process.
This talk outlines some of the challenges for humane management of dogs in developing countries and discusses high-volume same-day sterilization and return approaches and how they can be safely implemented for the dogs (small incisions and short surgery times appear to be very important) and how they are beginning to change the way municipalities in developing countries are beginning to approach street dog management and bite/rabies control.
Early-age spaying and neutering is the most effective means of preventing unplanned litters of kittens and puppies. The procedure is less stressful on a juvenile patient and is an easier surgery for the veterinarian to perform.
This presentation provides examples of surgical sterilization of a kitten and a puppy and includes discussions about anesthesia protocols, surgical techniques and recovery factors, as well as video clips.
What you need to know about the numbers of exotic companion animals that are flooding shelters, including basic husbandry and medical care. An overview of best spay/neuter methods for rabbits, guinea pigs, and sugar gliders will also be provided.
More than three-fourths of veterinarians in the United States practice small animal medicine while there are sixty times more farmed animals killed for food in this country than dogs and cats.
This presentation summarizes the current conditions in which farm animals are raised and slaughtered in the United States, provides an ethical argument as to why small animal veterinarians should be concerned about farm animals, and provides a variety of ways small animal veterinarians can use their expertise to make a difference in improving the welfare of these animals.
The veterinary community plays a critical role in helping solve the cat overpopulation crisis by participating in trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs and providing accurate information on feral cat health and wildlife impacts.
This presentation summarizes our current understanding of feral cat management and reviews the elements of a successful feral cat spay/neuter clinic.
There are more than thirty thousand species of fish--more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave. This poignant presentation explores recent discoveries on the most misunderstood vertebrates of all. Dr. Jonathan Balcombe’s next book, What a Fish Knows, is scheduled for release in 2016 from Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
A growing concern for animal welfare and increasing public appreciation for positive social impact by veterinarians means that involvement in community animal welfare activities and the operation of a profitable practice need not be mutually exclusive.
This presentation provides case studies of veterinarians who have sustained profitable practices while focusing on essential therapeutic services, such as low-cost sterilization, declining to perform cosmetic surgeries, and working with rescue groups and shelters.
The biggest challenge in veterinary medicine is providing medical care to pets whose owners have a lack of financial resources. Although there are multiple options available to those with low incomes, there is very little for the truly indigent. This presentation will explore the issues and dilemmas of providing veterinary care to pets of the indigent, especially those who are homeless.
You’ve graduated from veterinary school…now what? This talk will cover factors to consider during your job search—including welfare issues you may want to ask about during your interview—the advantages and disadvantages of corporate medicine and the different compensation packages you may be offered. Best suited for third- and fourth- year students.
It is a sad fact that the intentional poisoning of animals occurs on a regular basis. Most cases involve either neighborhood pets or wildlife. In many situations, law enforcement or regulatory agencies become involved in case investigations and there is always the potential for litigation to occur. Veterinarians play critical roles in: 1) recognition of possible malicious poisoning cases, 2) collection of proper antemortem or postmortem samples for the diagnosis of specific toxicant exposure, 3) advising owners and law enforcement or regulatory agency personnel about case details. This presentation is designed to provide the proper tools to help recognize and resolve malicious animal poisoning cases.
To ensure animal protection and welfare, collaboration and coordination is critical among three groups: the veterinary profession, animal protection organizations, and law enforcement. Their missions are unique yet interdependent. We all must strive to ensure better communication and respect for one another. To not do so will be to the detriment of animals.
The expansive puppy mill industry raises many animal health and welfare concerns. Although the conditions vary widely in quality, puppy mills are typically operated with an emphasis on profits over animal welfare and the dogs often live in substandard conditions, housed for their entire reproductive lives in cages or runs, provided little to no positive human interaction or other forms of environmental enrichment, and minimal to no veterinary care.
This presentation defines what makes a breeding facility a puppy mill, reviews the number of puppies that come from puppy mills and how they are sold, showcases the common health problems seen in dogs bred in these environments and the impact on the puppies, puppy buyers, animal shelters, and other organizations.
This presentation delves into some hot-button, day-to-day ethical dilemmas faced in practice and in the profession.
Wildlife research has avoided some of the closer scrutiny that has been put on other animal research, and this presentation shines light on some questionable long-standing protocols used in wildlife research projects. As a previous member of the National Park Service IACUUC, Dr. Geller has seen some unfortunate outcomes that may be related to inhumane research methods, and these examples will be used in trying to create some traction for this issue. Article Dr. Geller wrote for the HSVMA newsletter on this topic: http://www.hsvma.org/field_mortalities_in_wildlife_research
To request an HSVMA presentation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Priority scheduling will be granted to schools with HSVMA Student Chapters.