AVMA members are invited to a unique animal welfare symposium that will bring together thought leaders from around the globe as they explore best practices for euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation across animal species.
“Humane Endings – In Search of Best Practices for the Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and Depopulation of Animals” will be held Nov. 3-5 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., just a short distance from O’Hare International Airport. The symposium will take a comprehensive look at existing practices, while also exploring research and innovation in the name of continuous improvement.
Following plenary sessions on day 1, on day 2 attendees can choose from three species-directed tracks: Companion, zoo and wild animals; laboratory and aquatic animals; and horses and food animals. While the event’s primary focus is to convey information about methods that best protect the welfare of animals, speakers will also attend to the oft-overlooked effects on the people who are responsible for carrying out these activities. Day 3 will include a by-invitation workshop where participants will consider approaches to the international harmonization of recommendations.
Information gathered at the symposium will assist the AVMA in keeping its recommendations for humane endings for animals current. Attendees are expected to include representatives from research, clinical practice and public policy, which makes this an excellent opportunity for attendees across all veterinary disciplines to network with colleagues.