Join HSVMA for the 2023 Animal Welfare Symposium for Students!

Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA

Saturday, November 11, 2023 

7:45 am - 4:00 pm PT

Registration is FREE for all attendees!

This symposium is generously sponsored by HSVMA's partner for disability insurance:
HSVMA is excited to host our 9th annual Animal Welfare Symposium for Students!  The symposium will take place at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Frederick Douglass Patterson Hall, Room 2226.  Our co-sponsor is the vet school's Animal Welfare Club. We are looking forward to an exciting line up of speakers addressing timely topics in animal welfare including spectrum of care, ethics in communication, managing rescue horses, chicken behavior, exotic animal medicine, and shelter medicine.  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. 
We have reserved a discounted block of rooms at the Comfort Inn & Suites on 16th Street in Ames.  These are available on a first-come first-serve basis.  If you'd like to reserve a discounted room, please use this booking link:
In the evening after the lectures and lab, we invite participants to attend an informal networking event at Boulder Tap House. 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 114 S Duff Ave. in Ames 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.  
Registration is FREE for all attendees!   You do not have to be an HSVMA member to attend the symposium.  The lectures will not be recorded so please plan to attend in person!
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!
7:45 - 8:00 am CST:
Welcome and Introduction
8:00 - 8:50 am CST:
 Navigating Difficult Decisions: Engaging Ethics and Professional Communication      
Presented (virtually) by Dr. Candace Croney

Animal welfare issues are complex and often highly emotional and contentious.  This presentation covers the importance of promoting collegial, professional, productive conversations about challenging animal welfare topics. The use of moral deliberation that appropriately accounts for both scientific and ethical considerations embedded in animal welfare problems is illustrated, along with tips to facilitate inclusion of diverse perspectives and interests that reflect empathy for both animals and people.

9:00 - 9:50 am CST:
 Best Practices for Horse Rescue: Horses in Transition      
Presented by Dr. Stacie Boswell

Dr. Boswell will discuss caring for equines in transition who have medical issues, particularly managing a horse’s return to health after starvation or prolonged caloric deficiency. She also identifies additional health needs for an individual neglected horse and reviews how to triage health and behavioral considerations for optimum well-being.

10:00 - 10:50 am CST:
 The Exotic Animal Trade: Implications for Animal Welfare, Wildlife Conservation and Invasive Species  
Presented by Dr. June Olds

The purpose of this session is to discuss the challenges associated with exotic pet species offered for sale in pet stores, online and in animal expos. There is disjointed regulation of the exotic animals within the United States, and there are consequences to the animals, ecosystems, and rescue groups impacted by this trade.

11:00 - 11:50 am CST:
     Panel Discussion: Access to Care for Marginalized Communities
Panelists: Dr. Lori Gossard, Dr. Aleisha Swartz, Sally Cooper-Smith, Dr. Jan Shearer
12:00 - 1:00 pm CST:
  Lunch Break - Vegetarian lunch       
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.
1:00 - 1:50 pm CST:
      A Spectrum of Care Approach to Managing Cases     
Presented by Dr. Joyce Carnevale
2:00 - 2:50 pm CST:
Shelter Medicine
Presenter TBD
3:00 - 3:50 pm CST:
Chicken Behavior
Presented by Dr. Suzanne Millman
RAVS Suture Lab
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CST:
Instructed by Dr. Aleisha Swartz, Dr. Paul Breckenridge and Dr. Joyce Carnevale

Lecture portion in Frederick Douglass Patterson Hall, Room 2226, hands-on portion in room 1010 (Anatomy Lab).

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 30 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 30 vet students are interested.  Priority will be given to current veterinary students who are considering attending clinics.
Sunday, November 12:
Tour of Animal Rescue League of Iowa, Des Moines

A tour of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa will be held the following morning, Sunday, November 12, for a limited number of students.  Transportation from the Iowa State campus will be provided.  The exact time of the tour is TBD.  Please reserve your spot via the symposium registration form. 

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