Veterinary Education

Dr. David Mellor @ AVC, October, 2017- pdfs of talks

Posters for veterinarians 

Small Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management (2011) – poster and handout
en français: affiche et allocation

Large Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management – poster and handout
en français: affiche et allocation

Cosmetic Surgery – poster
en français: affiche

Effective Veterinary Response to Animal Abuse – handout

The above posters are joint initiatives of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

Teaching publication 

Hewson, C. J., Baranyiova, E., Broom, D. M., Cockram, M. S., Galindo, F., Hanlon, A. J., Hanninen, L., Lexer, D., Mellor, D. J., Molento, C. F. M., Odberg, F. O., Serpell, J. A., Sisto, A. M., Stafford, K. J., Stookey, J. M. and Waldau, P. 2005. Approaches to teaching animal welfare at 13 veterinary schools worldwide. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 32: 422-437.

This paper comprises brief descriptions by faculty at 13 veterinary schools in Europe, North America, South America, and Australasia that summarize undergraduate training in animal welfare at the respective schools and how students are assessed.

Teaching video 

Veterinarians need skills in communication if they are to show leadership in animal welfare – to clients and colleagues, and collectively to the public. Dr. Caroline Hewson therefore developed a video-based teaching module for veterinary students, called Communication & Animal Welfare. The video shows dramatised examples from small animal and large animal practice, in which a new graduate encounters resistance from colleagues and clients in promoting animal welfare. The cases concern: the use of local anesthesia for dehorning calves; treatment of a downer cow; and treatment of an aged dog with multicentric lymphoma. To see excerpts from the video, click on the links below. The excerpts have been formatted for use with high-speed internet and Macromedia Flash Media.

The module is available for CA $400 including shipping. It is suitable for use with large classes or smaller tutorial groups, and provides 1.5 to 2 hours of tuition. Moderator’s notes are included, with introductory papers on animal welfare for faculty who are not trained in this area. For further information, please contact 902 628-4360 or

Small animal practice – treating a dog with lymphoma
Large animal practice – dehorning calves

AVC wins the veterinary section at the 7th Annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging Competition held on March 15-16, 2008 at Michigan State University

Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Competition