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2018 HSVMA Animal Welfare Symposium
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Events


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY

Sponsored by Maddie's Fund and the New York State Humane Association

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 fourth 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 community cat management, international street dog welfare, recognizing and reporting animal cruelty, caring for pets of the indigent, and controversies in wildlife research.

$1000 student travel stipends are available now in limited number!  Please email [email protected] for more information.

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

*The suture lab is now full.  If you would like to be put on a wait list, please email [email protected].  We have added a RAVS suture lab from 6-8 pm on the evening of Saturday, October 13, after the symposium!  The lab will be held on the Cornell campus.  

Registration is FREE and open to veterinary students as well as veterinary professionals!

Continuing Education Credits Available:

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine is an approved New York State continuing education sponsor. The HSVMA Animal Welfare Symposium will offer a maximum of 6 hours of continuing education credit to veterinarians and veterinary technicians attending this conference.  Please verify your attendance at the conference by signing in at the registration desk when you pick up your badge and conference materials.  You must sign the list to get CE credit!  Your CE certificate will be emailed to you after the symposium.

Discounted hotel rooms at the Quality Inn in Ithaca are available for attendees!  You must call the hotel directly at 1-607-272-0100 and mention the group rate for HSVMA to reserve the discounted room rate of $169/night (plus 13% tax).  The hotel is located at 356 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850.  The number of discounted rooms available is limited so reserve now!

 We are offering a limited number of $1000 student travel stipends. Please email [email protected] for more information.


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






Date & Time:

Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Cornell University 
College of Veterinary Medicine
Atrium of the Veterinary Education Center
602 Tower Road
Ithaca, NY  14853

Registration fee:

Free for all attendees!


Global Dog Populations and Their Management
Presented by Andrew Rowan, PhD

Controversies in Wildlife Research
Presented by Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP

Animal Cruelty: The Veterinarian's Role in Animal Cruelty Investigations
Presented by Holly Cheever, DVM

Humane Community Cat Management Through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
Presented by Eileen Jefferson, DVM and Brian Shapiro

Street Medicine: Caring for Pets of the Indigent
Presented by Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP

Access to Veterinary Care: A National Animal Welfare Crisis 
Presented by Susan Krebsbach, DVM


This year's symposium is generously sponsored by:

Maddies' Fund

and the New York State Humane Association (NYSHA).


Contact: Heather Schrader at [email protected]