2021 Fall Webinar Series

The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre (SJDAWC) at the Atlantic Veterinary College invites you to its three-part 2021 Fall Webinar series presented by Dr. Karen Overall, professor of behavioural medicine at AVC.  The webinars will take place on September 14 and 28, and on October 12.  Participating veterinarians and veterinarian technicians will earn one hour of RACE-accredited CE per webinar (RACE-program number: 20-864250).

Registration Cost:
$50/webinar or $120 for all three webinars (HST included) + Eventbrite fees.
No charge for veterinary students or AHT students.

Click this Eventbrite link to register  

Webinar #1, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm ADT

Welfare of dogs and cats during veterinary visits: Should we be premedicating our patients? 
How much distress is acceptable when a dog is undergoing a veterinary evaluation? Are there benchmarks that suggest we should stop and use medication to help manage fear, anxiety, and distress? How do we know when and how to do this? What about the dog or cat who can readily be examined, vaccinated, and have blood drawn simply because they do not engage at all due to fear? What is normal behaviour at a vet’s office? These questions and their answers will form the introduction to this talk which will focus and making decisions about alleviating suffering that we may cause, however much we do not intend to do so. The talk will involve a discussion of medications that may be useful, alone or in combination, and will feature a series of flow charts with the intent of providing guidance to ensure that our patients do not learn that we are threats.

Webinar #2, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm ADT

New approaches to minimizing stress and distress when handling dogs and cats.
“Restraint” means many things to many people, and whether it is “light” or “heavy” restraint may be unclear. What does restraint mean to a patient, and how are we changing the way we make decisions about this? Do we need to “restrain” patients to handle them? Can we achieve the goals of restraint – safety for everyone and the ability to accomplish the needed task – in ways that minimize fear and distress for everyone? We are beginning to rethink downstream effects of restraint. This talk will focus on some of the neurochemical effects of restraint and newer data showing alternative approaches that may keep us all safer and allow us to practice medication in way that benefits everyone.

Webinar #3, Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm ADT

What’s new, hot and important in veterinary behaviour and behavioural medicine literature?
The best of the veterinary behaviour and behavioural medicine literature is published in journals that are not readily accessible to busy veterinary teams. We will review a subset of recent hot publications with surprising findings that have clinical applications meaningful for your patients.

Please note:  The webinars will be live at 4:00-5:00 p.m. Atlantic daylight time.  However, registrants may also view the webinars on YouTube within 48 hours following the live presentation. 

Continued Education Credit

Continued Education (CE) Credit will only be given to veterinarians and veterinarian technicians who have attended the live webinar and who provide their American Association of Veterinary State Boards license number and state of licensure. Only one license number is needed to track the CE, even if licensed in multiple jurisdictions. Unfortunately, we are unable to track the recorded webinars for CE credit and credit cannot be issued for watching the recorded webinar(s).

“By supplying your license number and state of licensure, you agree to sharing that information with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) for the sole purpose of the RACEtrack® powered by CE Broker continuing education tracking program. No other personally identifiable information will be shared with the AAVSB nor any of its vendors. RACEtrack allows you to record all your continuing education course work in a centralized database providing a simple way for you to exchange that information with your credentialing agencies. RACEtrack is a free service to all licensees. To learn more about RACEtrack, visit aavsb.org/RACEtrack.”

Veterinarians or veterinarian technicians who attended the live webinar who do not have a license number with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, you may contact the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre for a CE certificate.