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2019 HSVMA Animal Welfare Symposium
Saturday, October 05, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Events



Saturday, October 5, 2019

Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI

Sponsored by Kislak Family Foundation and Total Planning Veterinary Services


Animal welfare has become a hot topic in veterinary medicine, and many veterinarians and students are expressing interest in learning more about this emerging field.

The fifth annual HSVMA Animal Welfare Symposium will bring together future veterinary professionals for a shared goal: to improve the lives of all animals. Not only will participants gain a better understanding of the many issues that animals face in our society and how the profession can help, the symposium will also serve as a place to share ideas, knowledge, and practical skills.

This year’s conference will feature important and timely animal welfare issues including animal cruelty reporting and forensics, equine welfare, shelter medicine, caring for pets of the indigent, and exotic companion mammals.

The HSVMA Animal Welfare Symposium is co-presented by the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

View the agenda here

A complimentary lunch will be provided, as well as a light breakfast and snacks.

Several students will be presenting their research in poster format during the symposium and will be available to answer questions.

MSU veterinary student, Megan Ahearne, will be presenting on the unique collaborative work between MSU, University of Veracruz, and UNAM to provide much needed care for working equids throughout the Veracruz region of Mexico.  This brief overview titled Equine Welfare in Practice- Collaborative International Team Providing Care for Equids in Mexico will be held in room G150 from 12:15 pm- 12:45 pm.

Registration is FREE for veterinary students and just $50 for veterinary professionals!  Payment will be accepted onsite the day of the event by check or credit card, or you contact Heather Schrader at 530-759-8106 to pay in advance over the phone.

Continuing Education Credits Are Pending!!  

Discounted hotel rooms are available at Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol located at 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933.

In order to reserve your room at the discounted rate of $114.95 (plus state and local taxes), call 1-800-333-3333 or log into their website: 

You must use the promotional code HSVMA9 to get the discounted rate.  Available rooms at this discounted rate are limited so book now!


Volunteer Opportunity on Sunday, October 6!

The Street Dog Coalition will be partnering with several other organizations to provide services to the Detroit homeless population.  Veterinary students have the opportunity to help provide free basic veterinary care to their pets.  Vaccinations, parasite preventative and spay/neuter vouchers will be given to both dogs and cats.

If you'd like to volunteer to help out at this clinic, please contact Jennie at [email protected] 


Mariners Inn, 445 Ledyard St, Detroit, MI 48201  (a homeless addiction treatment center and shelter)


Sunday, October 6

10 am - 1 pm

Lead Veterinarian:

David Emery, DVM, Michigan Humane Society


Street Medicine Detroit

Burners without Borders 










Date & Time:

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Michigan State University 
College of Veterinary Medicine
G Building
Rooms G150 and A213
East Lansing, MI  48824

Registration fee:

Free for all veterinary and veterinary technician students and $50 for veterinary professionals.  Payment will be accepted onsite the day of the event by check or credit card.


Three Dog Night: A Hard Life Made Harder and The Art and Science of Street Medicine
Presented by Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP

Recognizing and Reporting Animal Cruelty and Forensics and Testifying
Presented by Pam Greenwald, DVM, MS

Exotic Companion Mammals: The New Shelter Animal and Wildlife Medicine
Presented by Antonia Gardner, DVM

End of Life Care
Presented by Emery Engers, DVM 

Equine Welfare
Presented by Holly Cheever, DVM

Five Freedoms for Shelter Animals: What Took so Long?
Presented by Shirene Cece, DVM

Behavior Assessments in the Shelter Setting
Presented by Marie Hopfensperger, DVM, DACVB

Risk Versus Reunion: Emergency Response and Distemper After Hurricane Harvey
Presented by Erin Katribe, DVM, MS

RAVS Suture Lab (vet students only-limited to 40 participants)
Presented by Erin Katribe, DVM, MS and Emery Engers, DVM


This year's symposium is generously sponsored by:

the Kislak Family Foundation and Total Planning Veterinary Services




Contact: Heather Schrader at [email protected]