American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW)
Fourth Annual Animal Welfare Short Course

June 7 - 9, 2017

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and American College of Animal Welfare invites veterinarians interested in gaining specialized knowledge regarding animal welfare assessments, animal welfare issues, and the veterinarian’s role in animal welfare, including veterinarians interesting in preparing for board certification by the American College of Animal Welfare

This year the ACAW welcomes Colorado State University Distinguished Professor Bernard Rollin. Dr. Rollin has spent the last 45 years working relentlessly to raise awareness about how animals are treated on farms, in laboratories, in rodeo arenas, on hunting grounds and in slaughterhouses. He helped to establish legislation to control pain for animals in research and played an instrumental role in eliminating the use of sow stalls or gestation crates, which he has called “one of the most egregiously inhumane housing systems” in agriculture.

The program consists of lectures on animal welfare at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC; including short presentations on the history and purposes of ACAW, the ACAW application process, and the ACAW exam process. Lectures will focus on topics that will help prepare individuals for the ACAW exam, and will emphasize knowledge areas listed in the ACAW Role Delineation Document (RDD; Applicants applying under the alternate route may wish to use selected lectures as documentation of their knowledge for some aspects of their ACAW application.

This course will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine at 1060 William Moore Dr. in Raleigh, NC. A block of rooms will be reserved at the Ramada Inn-Blue Ridge, 1420 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, at a discounted rate. To make your reservation, please call 919-832-4100 and reference the group code GCSHORTCOURSE. The local airport is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU), which is approximately ten miles from the CVM. Participants will be required to arrange their own transportation to and from the hotel. Hotel reservations must be made by May 23rd to receive the discounted rate. For more hotels and area information visit:

Wednesday, June 7th

Time Topic Speaker
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration / Beverages
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Fish Anesthesia, Analgesia, Euthanasia and Slaughter Craig Harms
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Welfare Considerations of Marine Mammals in Captive and Wild Settings Jeff Boehm
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Maximizing Welfare of Pinnipeds in Zoos, Aquariums, and Rehabilitation Centers Jeff Boehm
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Animal Abuse, Cruelty, Exploitation, and Neglect (T9B1-K8) Pamela Reid
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Shelter Animal Welfare, Part 1: Where Are We?" Jennifer Federico
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Shelter Animal Welfare, Part 2: How Did We Get Here? Jennifer Federico
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Animal Hoarding: A Community Problem Sandra Strong
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Wrap up
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Dinner at NCSU

Thursday, June 8th

Time Event Speaker/Coordinator
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Coffee/Tea
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM KEY NOTE ADDRESS Bernie Rollin
10:15 AM - 10:30AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM A Framework for Ethical Decision Making Dave Dorman
11:30 AM - 12:30PM Companion animal welfare & ethical considerations during elective procedures (9B1-K5) Lori Gaskin
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Ethics- Case discussions Bernie Rollin
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM Animal Welfare Concerns Related To The Ornamental Fish Industry Greg Lewbart
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Aquatics in Research: Compliance vs. Welfare Anna Hampton
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Common Perceptions and Misconceptions about Aquatic Animal Welfare Michael Stoskopf
5:30 PM - 5:40 PM Wrap up
Evening Dinner on your own

Friday, June 9th

Time Event Speaker
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Coffee/Tea
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ACAW - becoming a Diplomate Gail Golab
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM The veterinarians role in developing welfare policy Gail Golab
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM The Challenges of Conducting Welfare Assessments William Stokes
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Welfare Assessment: Dogs and cats in shelter environments (video)
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Closing Remarks

Limited to 100 registrants; Registration Fee (by May 26th): $300, Registration fee (after May 26th): $350. This fee includes lectures, Lunch and dinner Wednesday, lunch on Thursday, coffee/tea and breaks; and 16 hours of NCVMB approved CVME credits.

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