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Access to Care

Summit - May 6 & 7
Access to Care
  • Access to Care

    This theme supports key learnings and understanding of animal care needs in communities, and the social, economic and structural barriers preventing access to care. It will explore approaches to improving the health of companion animals and strategies to improve access to veterinary care to advance the aim of keeping families together, including:  

    • Working within communities: bridging gabs and overcoming barriers to improve animal health 
    • Spectrum of veterinary care for domestic species 
    • Accessible spay/neuter services 
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Build and Innovate

Summit - May 6 & 7
Build and Innovate
  • Build and Innovate

    A theme to support key learnings and an understanding of opportunities to build resources and knowledge and to support innovation to the benefit of animal welfare organizations, including: 

    • Fund development  
    • Marketing  
    • Human resources  
    • Capacity building  
    • Policy and good governance 
    • Information technology  
    • Evolving trends or innovations (scientific, evidence-based, cutting edge) 
    • Topical case studies and programs 
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Companion Animals

Summit - May 6 & 7
Companion Animals
  • Companion Animals

    A theme to support key learnings and an understanding of companion animal welfare including: 

    • Cats, dogs and small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, etc. 
    • Medical and behavioural 
    • Sheltering and capacity 
    • Enforcement 
    • Evolving trends or innovations (scientific, evidence-based, cutting edge) 
    • Topical case studies and programs  
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Outreach and Integration

Summit - May 6 & 7
Outreach and Integration
  • Outreach and Integration

    A theme to support key learnings and an understanding of community, regional and national outreach and opportunities or examples of integration and intersections with animal welfare, including:   

    • Community outreach & participation 
    • Integration of human and animal services  
    • Racial equity in animal welfare 
    • Evolving trends or innovations and  research (participatory, scientific, evidence-based, cutting-edge)   
    • Emergency and disaster response
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Wild and Farmed Animals

Summit - May 6 & 7
Wild and Farmed Animals
  • Wild and Farmed Animals

    A theme to support key learnings and an understanding of wild and farmed animal welfare including:    

    • Coexistence with wild animals (e.g., urban wildlife, wildlife control, wildlife feeding)   
    • Farmed animal welfare challenges and advancements   
    • Wild and farmed animal advocacy, research, and education  
    • Wild and farmed animal policies & bylaws (e.g., wildlife feeding, corporate commitments for farmed animals)
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Animal Care and Behaviour

Learning Labs - May 5
Animal Care and Behaviour
  • Animal Care and Behaviour

    Take a deep dive into animal welfare and human behavioural intersections and connectivity. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to join our presenters as they share valuable insight and perspectives to explore scientific evidence and theory, address broad challenges and provide solutions to support improvements in culture, professional approaches and human behaviour to bring positive change for animals. 

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Enforcement

Learning Labs - May 5
Enforcement
  • Enforcement

    This deep dive is designed for officers who enforce federal, provincial and municipal legislation involving animals and allied professionals. Participants will learn how we can be stronger when working together to address the challenges of animal law enforcement and will hear about legal challenges, current practices and disputes.  Participants will discuss topics like officer safety, considerations for the animal welfare sector and the benefits of inter-agency and inter-jurisdictional collaboration and coordination. 

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Leadership

Learning Labs - May 5
Leadership
  • Leadership

    Join animal welfare leaders from across Canada for this half-day of learning and connection around current challenges in our sector: employee retention and compensation, staff engagement, and resilience. Following an exhausting pandemic, we are now faced with rising inflation and the challenges of retention. During this workshop, we will discuss these issues and hear from leaders tackling them meaningfully. You’ll walk away with new ideas and inspiration for addressing these critical topics in your organization.

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Tackling Fatigue & Building Resilience

Learning Labs - May 5
Tackling Fatigue & Building Resilience
  • Tackling Fatigue & Building Resilience

    The relationships between individuals and the animals you work with or advocate for supports animal welfare but can cause emotional and physical strain to you that manifests through compassion fatigue, stress and a reduced ability to do your work. This deep dive offers a safe space to communicate openly about the personal toll of animal welfare work and acknowledges its impacts. In this full day workshop, we provide resources and tools to help manage the emotional challenges and to build resilience to keep working to help the animals you care about. 

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Volunteer Management and Engagement

Learning Labs - May 5
Volunteer Management and Engagement
  • Volunteer Management and Engagement

    At its most basic level, volunteer management is the selection, supervision and engagement of volunteers but we know it’s much more than that. Volunteer management opens an organization to the community, supports inclusivity and allows citizens to be partners in your work. No matter how big or small your organization, volunteer resource management plays an essential role in driving your mission. Join this one-day workshop to learn more about how to evolve your programs for success and develop outstanding two-way relationships with your volunteers to ensure both parties' goals and interests are met and exceeded!   

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