Americans, and others around the world, are paying more attention to animals’ welfare. You’ve seen the media coverage and controversies about “puppy mills” and livestock handling practices, and you’ve probably overheard or even participated in conversations about welfare issues. As veterinarians, you have a responsibility to protect animals’ welfare. But how much do you really know about the welfare of the species you don’t regularly diagnose and treat? And…perhaps those closest to the situation would benefit from an outside view? It’s time for veterinarians to have an intraprofessional conversation about how we approach animal welfare and why.
“Can You Hear Me Now?” (The Conversation) will be held on November 14-15, 2013. The first day will provide foundation lectures on the scientific, social, political and legal aspects of how and why animal welfare decisions are made. Participants will spend the second day of The Conversation in roundtable discussions considering welfare-related dilemmas affecting animal uses across the profession. The results of the discussions will be used as a foundation for developing a strategy for facilitating ongoing, productive dialog within the profession.
Registration is open to AVMA and SAVMA members only, and is limited to 150 participants chosen from nominations that are received by July 1. Interested? Find out more and apply for participation by visiting The Conversation on our website.