Join HSVMA for the 2022 Animal Welfare Symposium for Students!

UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA

Saturday, October 22, 2022 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm PT

Registration is FREE for all attendees!

This symposium is generously sponsored by HSVMA's partner for disability insurance:

Total Planning Veterinary Services

HSVMA is excited to host our 8th annual Animal Welfare Symposium for Students in-person this year!  The symposium will take place at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Gladys Valley Hall, Room 1030.  Our co-sponsor is the vet school's Behavior Medicine and Animal Welfare Club. We are looking forward to an exciting line up of speakers addressing timely topics in animal welfare including access to care, behavior, pain management, farm animal welfare, mental health in the veterinary profession, and advocating for animals in school and beyond.  We are also organizing a RAVS suture lab so vet students interested in participating in clinics can gain experience with suture techniques used in the field. 

Our symposium will be complying with all UC Davis COVID policies.  Please see this page for more details.  All UC Davis campus employees and staff will be required to show their valid Daily Symptom Survey email.  All other attendees will be required to show either their CDC Vaccine Card (phone image acceptable) or digital vaccine record from the State of California OR a negative COVID-19 test result from the last 72 hours (must be either a PCR/lab test or a rapid antigen test taken at the event - provided by HSVMA).

In the evening after the lectures and lab, we invite participants to attend an informal networking event at Three Mile Brewing Co. Getting to know the speakers and fellow attendees in a relaxed atmosphere is always a great way to network with colleagues.  We'll head over to the brewery located at 231 G Street, Suite 3 (downstairs), in downtown Davis at 7pm.  Be sure to ask the HSVMA staff for a drink token!

Although geared towards veterinary and veterinary technician students, veterinary professionals and affiliates are welcome to attend.  CE credit will not be available.  (A certificate of attendance will be provided to attendees upon request.)  The lectures will be recorded and archived on our website for on-demand viewing by HSVMA members after the live date.  They will be available online until December 31, 2022.

Registration is FREE for all attendees!   You do not have to be an HSVMA member to attend the symposium.        

Check out our event on the HSVMA Facebook page. Please feel free to share information about our event with any fellow veterinary professional students who may be interested in attending.  We look forward to seeing you there!

HSVMA has booked a block of discounted hotel rooms at the Aggie Inn in downtown Davis.  Attendees can book online using the following link:  or call the hotel directly at 530.756.0352 and ask for a reservation under the group name "Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA)."  Single room: $149.00/Double room: $159.00  This rate does not include a 14% tax.  Wifi and parking are included.  They also offer complimentary bicycle rentals.  Breakfast is currently unavailable at the hotel, but they are within a short walking distance to various coffee shops and restaurants.  The last day to book at the discounted rate is September 30th.



8:00 - 8:50 am PST:

 Welcome: Mental Well Being in the Veterinary Profession    

Presented by Dr. Barry Kipperman 

This lecture discusses the prevalence of stress within the veterinary profession. The most common ethical dilemmas that cause moral stress are described, and the consequences of moral stress on career satisfaction and mental health are examined. Risk factors for moral stress will be discussed and problem-based and emotion-based strategies for preventing and coping, respectively, with moral stress will be described.


9:00 - 9:50 am PST:

Happy(er) Hospitals for our Hairy Friends: Reducing Anxiety In the Veterinary Hospital        

Presented by Dr. Melissa Bain

Stress in veterinary hospitals negatively affects the well-being of animals, staff, and owners. This talk will summarize research on stress in veterinary hospitals, as well as discuss some practical interventions. 


10:00 - 10:50 am PST:

Farm Animal Welfare - Depopulation Methods and Humane Issues

Presented by Dr. Jim Reynolds

This lecture will review the welfare issues of livestock depopulation. These include definitions of depopulation, reasons depopulation may be necessary, historical depopulation events, depopulation methods, the AVMA recommendations for livestock depopulation and ventilation shut-down as a method.


11:00 - 11:50 am PST:

     Panel: Advocacy During and After Vet School  

Panelists:  Dr. Susan Krebsbach, Stella Elwood, Dr. Barbara Hodges, Dr. Jim Reynolds

Being a veterinary student/professional and an animal advocate means more than providing medical care.  This panel will discuss how the profession can use their voices and knowledge to make real change in how we educate and how we advocate for animals on the legislative level.


12:00 - 1:00 pm PST:

  Lunch Break - Vegan lunch provided by Dos Coyotes     

In an effort to reduce plastic waste, we will not be providing bottles of water.  We encourage attendees to bring their personal water bottles and use the water refill stations located in Gladys Valley Hall.


1:00 - 1:50 pm PST:

      Pain Assessment, Treatment and Prevention in Our Shelter Patients      

Presented by Dr. Carla Wilson

Pain management is arguably one of our most important responsibilities as veterinary professionals. This presentation will start off by defining pain, then go on to discuss different tools we use to recognize, assess, treat, and prevent it. It will focus on the unique challenges we face when trying to objectively assess, and successfully treat, pain in our shelter patients. 


2:00 - 2:50 pm PST:

Welfare in Pinnipeds: the Case for the Vital Role of Environmental Enrichment in Animals in Rehabilitation

Presented by Dr. Cara Field

A high level overview of pinniped (seal, sea lion, walrus) welfare considerations and an introduction to the emerging study of environmental enrichment with pinnipeds in rehabilitation and its application for their holistic care.


3:00 - 3:50 pm PST:

Current Challenges and Successes in Access to Veterinary Care 

Presented by Dr. Kristin Jankowski

Access to Veterinary Care for vulnerable populations is multifaceted and barriers to care include more than just finances.  The newly established UC Davis Access to Veterinary Care Program is bringing together a variety of professionals and outreach groups to work together to face this challenge head on.  Come join the conversation and learn how novel programs and inter-professional collaboration may help not only the patients and communities, but also improve the sustainability of our profession at the same time.



RAVS Suture Lab

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm PST:

For more than twenty years, the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program has worked to expand access to veterinary care in underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular animal health services unavailable. Their field training programs have provided life-changing service-learning opportunities for more than 8,200 veterinary and veterinary technician students and professionals.  This RAVS suture lab is for students interested in participating in clinics.  The lab will teach suture techniques used in the field.  Materials will be provided.  In order to increase one-on-one instructor time, the attendance for this lab will be capped at 20 students.  Please indicate whether or not you'd like to attend when registering for the symposium.  Attendance spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and a waiting list will be started if more than 20 students are interested.  Priority will be given to current veterinary students who are considering attending clinics.




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