Call for applications: Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship

The SJDAWC is calling for applications from potential graduate students for the 2017 Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Graduate Scholarship. The Scholarship will support the training of researchers at the masters or doctoral level to pursue animal welfare research at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Both applied or more fundamental approaches to research pertaining to animal welfare are welcome. Applications for 2017 will be accepted until 12pm (noon) (AST) Friday February 17, 2017, with decisions to be announced in April. Students may take up their award at any time of the year but must do so within 12 months of the date of the letter of offer.

Please note that students are not required to apply to the UPEI graduate studies program until after the scholarship has been awarded. However, all potential graduate students must identify a graduate faculty member willing to supervise the student should the application be successful. This must be included with the application.

2017 Application and selection guidelines and procedures

English language proficiency requirements are here.

Since 1994, generous support from the Sir James Dunn and Christofor Foundations has provided a stable foundation for the development of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) at the Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI. The Centre is very grateful for the continued funding commitment from The Christofor Foundation which makes this scholarship possible.

AVC Winter Webinars – New Approaches to Old Diseases

New Approaches to Old Diseases

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre warmly invites veterinarians and veterinary technicians to join us for three hours of affordable CE from the comfort of home or office. Dr. Caroline Hewson and Dr. Christine Savidge will review some core communication tools for discussing terminal diagnoses with clients, before focusing on practical strategies from human medicine that offer busy veterinary teams a new framework for handling severe and chronic disease in patients of all ages.

At the end of the series, you will leave with a framework that will make it easier:

  1. For You, to discuss terminal diagnoses and prognoses with different clients
  2. For Your Clients, to comply with the care plan and have more peace of mind during clinical crises
  3. For Your Renal and Other Chronically Ill or Elderly Patients to have `a life worth living’, and not just a prescription list
  4. For You & Your Clients to prepare for and then identify when euthanasia is in the animal’s best interests.

Webinar 1: The Toolbox 

Tuesday February 21, 2017; 1:00-2:00 pm AST   CE credits: 1 hour

Dr. Hewson will briefly review three core communication tools for delivering terminal diagnoses and creating workable clinical care plans with clients. She will then introduce three further tools with which to support owners and benefit their animals that have severe diseases.
The combination will provide a framework to help attendees and their clients to anticipate and respond with greater peace of mind, as the animal’s condition deteriorates, and to identify the right time to start talking about euthanasia and the animal’s end-of-life.

Webinar 2: Applying disease trajectory in renal disease

Tuesday Feb. 28, 2017; 1:00-2:00 pm AST  CE credits: 1 hour

Dr. Savidge will use feline and canine cases of renal disease to illustrate different disease trajectories and how these influence discussions with clients, including the potential role of pain from renal disease.

She will show examples of how disease trajectory graphs can help veterinarians and clients anticipate and respond to an animal’s changing condition, as renal insufficiency progresses, and decide when/if intensive rescue treatment is desirable in uremic crises.

Webinar 3: Pulling it all together with more case discussions

Tuesday March 7, 2017; 1:00-2:00 pm AST  CE credits: 1 hour

Drs. Savidge and Hewson will tie together the concepts illustrated in the previous two webinars, using diverse cases of renal insufficiency from their practice and submitted by webinar participants.

Every case is different…

… and the tools introduced in this series are very new in veterinary medicine. Unlike conference talks, this webinar series gives you a unique opportunity to try out the concepts, and come back to the classroom to share your “wonders and blunders” with a community of like-minded learners. Don’t miss this practical learning opportunity and have all your questions answered!

Register for all three (or individually at above links)

Early bird offer to Feb 1: $20 per webinar or $50 for 3.
After Feb 2: $30 each or $75 for 3.
No charge for veterinary or AHT students.

NB: If you are unable to attend a webinar at the scheduled time, you will be sent the link to view it after it has taken place.  (CE certificates will be sent to registrants after they have viewed the webinars.)

Animal Welfare in Practice 2016 – Sheep Welfare

Speakers’ presentations:

Dr. Paula Menzies: Sheep Welfare – Hot Button Topics (32 MB)

Dr. Paula Menzies: Goat Welfare – Diseases and Management (48 MB)

Andrew Hebda: Challenges and Opportunities for Producers

Dr. Menzies mentioned the following organizations in her talks:

AASRP – American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners

SRVO – Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario

International Goat Association

Canadian Sheep Federation

2013 NFACC Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep