The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) at the Atlantic Veterinary College, and the AVC Animal Welfare Club, with support from the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada, invites you to its in-person symposium on Animal welfare in practice:  End-of-life decisions for animals.

Deadline to register for the public talk and symposium: Monday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. ADT

Friday, September 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ADT, AVC Lecture Theatre A, Rm 201

This talk is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

End of life care for dogs and cats: Decision-making and options

Dr. Peter Foley, BSc, MSc, DVM, Dipl.ACVIM, Associate Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College

Saturday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ADT, AVC Lecture Theatre A, Rm 201

9:30-10:00 a.m. ADT

Coffee and Introduction

10:00-11:00 a.m. ADT

Animal welfare at the end of life: Decision-making and communications (presented over Zoom to a live audience)

Dr. Patricia V. Turner, BSc, MS, DVM, DVSc, MRCVS, DACLAM, DABT, DECAWBM (AWSEL), Professor Emerita, Ontario Veterinary College

11:00-11:30 a.m. ADT

Welfare implications of end-of-life options for farm animals

Dr. Michael Cockram, BVetMed, PhD, Professor, Atlantic Veterinary College

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ADT

Panel Discussion with Drs. Turner and Cockram

12:00-1:00 p.m. ADT

Lunch Break

1:30-2:30 p.m. ADT

When quality of life scales aren’t enough: Counselling clients who can’t let go (presented over Zoom to a live audience)

Dr. Lianna Titcombe, BScH, DVM, CHPV,  International Director and Instructor for Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy (CAETA), Claire Place Veterinary Hospice, Ottawa, Ontario

2:30-3:00 p.m. ADT

Panel discussion with Drs. Carr, MacDonald and Titcombe

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

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Registration information and cost

The SJDAWC does require a registration fee for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, or other members of the community.  Registration fees for students are subsidized by SJDAWC and will be at no cost.

  • $50 for the symposium (includes a free lunch and the recording of the symposium)
  • $25 to receive the recording of the symposium only (CE will not be given)

HST and Eventbrite fees will be added when registering.

To register: Click here – Eventbrite

Continuing education information

The SJDAWC’s symposium will issue continuing education (CE) credits to registered veterinarians and veterinary technicians attending the symposium.  Each hour you attend the symposium qualifies you for up to four hours of CE credit.  To be eligible for this credit you must meet the following qualifications and provide the following information:

  • Be a registered veterinarian or veterinary technician.
  • Provide your license number and state/province of licensure.
  • Pay the appropriate registration fee for the symposium.
  • Attend the in-person symposium.