Presented by Bernard Unti, PhD

8 pm ET/5 pm PT, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 
Registration is FREE for HSVMA members.


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The veterinary profession and the animal protection movement have valuable individual histories as well as a complex and revealing record of convergence. Over the last 150 years, changes in patterns of animal use and continuing evolution in social attitudes toward animals have reshaped the practice of veterinary medicine. At the same time, the growth of a movement devoted to animals’ protection has produced greater expectations concerning the social, cultural and political roles of veterinarians in broader public deliberations over animals’ status and treatment.

While countless animal protection advocates and veterinarians perceive great value in their partnership as a means to promote animal health and welfare, interactions between organized animal protection and professional veterinary medicine are sometimes strained and fraught with difficulty. Notwithstanding, veterinarians have come to play an increasingly important role within animal protection, one that is likely to expand still more in the future.

Join us for this important discussion regarding the historical relationship between the veterinary profession and the animal protection movement and a look towards where this relationship is headed in the future. 

All HSVMA webinars are FREE for HSVMA members.

If you are not a veterinary professional (veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary or veterinary technician student), we welcome your participation in the webinar for a one-time fee. Please call 530-759-8106 or email [email protected] to complete the registration.




As Senior Policy Adviser and Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Bernard Unti works on strategic planning, policy, advocacy, budget, fundraising, grant-making, charity compliance, corporate relations and communications priorities.

Since assuming his position in 2004, Unti has represented the HSUS and its affiliates in a broad range of domestic and global campaigns and initiatives.

A scholar and recognized authority on the animal protection movement, Unti is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States (2004), as well as a series of essays on cruelty to animals as a historical and contemporary issue. He is a frequent speaker on university campuses, at conferences and at HSUS events.

His expertise includes the history and sociology of the humane movement, the development of pet-keeping, animal sheltering and the kindness-to-animals ethic, the human-animal bond and the evolution of attitudes toward animals, the humane education of children, the science of animal welfare, animal studies as an academic discipline and the place of animal protection within American social reform and philanthropy. His comments on these and other issues have appeared in the New York TimesUSA TodayThe Washington Post, and other media outlets.

He received a PhD in U.S. history from American University in 2002 and a Bachelor's degree in history from Temple University in 1982. He is writing a book on the 19th century animal protection movement in the United States.