Join HSVMA for the 2020 Online Animal Welfare Symposium for Students!

FREE for Veterinary Students and Veterinary Technician Students

Saturday, November 7, 2020 



HSVMA is excited to co-host this year's Animal Welfare Symposium with The Humane Society of the United States via a virtual platform.  Two concurrent lecture tracks will allow attendees more topic choices for a full day of welfare-related presentations.  After completing your registration, login here with your email address on Saturday, November 7, at to attend lectures and participate in a live Q&A with the speakers during the scheduled lecture times (see agenda below).  After November 7th, registrants can access the lectures on-demand through January 31, 2021! 

As with our past symposiums, registration is FREE for students and all veterinary students and veterinary technician students are welcome! 

In addition to a full day of lectures, a networking event will take place on the live date (November 7) immediately following the presentations.  Students will be able to chat with the speakers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere via Zoom.  More details to come!

A huge thank you to this year's sponsors! 

                         Platinum sponsor:                                                                 Gold Sponsor:




Silver Sponsor:

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7:00 - 7:50 am PST:

 Exotic Companion Mammals: The New Shelter Pet     Presented by: Dr. Antonia Gardner


The Impact of Veterinary Professionals on Animal Welfare Policy      Presented by Dr. Barbara Hodges

8:00 - 8:50 am PST:

Welcome/Introduction and Plenary Lecture

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: COVID-19, Pandemics and Veterinarians      Presented by Dr. Gail Hansen 

9:00 - 9:50 am PST:

On the Front Line: Recognizing and Reporting Animal Cruelty      Presented by Dr. Pam Greenwald 


Exploring Clinical Decision Making and High-Quality Techniques in Resource-Limited Settings      Presented by Dr. Ahne Simonsen & Dr. Melissa Beyer

10:00 - 10:50 am PST:

Farm Animal Welfare: The Science and Ethics      Presented by Dr. Barry Kipperman


Why Access to Animal Care Resources is a Social Justice Issue      Presented by Amanda Arrington, Gabrielle Chapman and Lori Hensley

10:50 am - 12:00 pm PST:

Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 - 12:50 pm PST:

Risk Versus Reunion: Emergency Response and Distemper After Hurricane Harvey      Presented by Dr. Erin Katribe


Puppy Mills and Irresponsible Dog Breeding: Fertile Ground for Canine Health and Welfare Concerns      Presented by Dr. Lorna Grande

1:00 - 1:50 pm PST:

Doing the Most for Our Patients with the Least: Evidence-Based Veterinary Care on the Cheap      Presented by Dr. Gary Block


Ethical Decision Making in Veterinary Practice      Presented by Dr. Anne Fawcett

 2:00 - 3:30 pm PST:

Networking Sessions via Zoom

Choose from three different topics and discuss issues important to you with other veterinary and veterinary technician students. The networking session topics are:

• Access to Care: Challenges Amid the Pandemic with presenters Dr. Gary Block, Dr. Erin Katribe, Dr. Susan Krebsbach and Dr. Ahne Simonsen

Don’t Be Afraid to Advocate! Hear how rewarding (and important) it can be to share your knowledge with presenters Dr. Pam Greenwald, Dr. Gail Hansen and Dr. Barbara Hodges

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas As a Student and As a Professional with presenters Dr. Anne Fawcett and Dr. Barry Kipperman

Links to these Zoom sessions will be provided in an email after your registration is complete.




 Please direct any questions about this year's symposium to [email protected]  

Please see the Terms and Conditions of this event here.