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Happy 2016! With the New Year, there come new training opportunities for you and your organization through MPAW’s Regional Trainings, underwritten by the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. In an effort to make sure our attendees are getting the types of training they need most, we ask you to take the time to fill out the following survey:

It should only take about 3-5 minutes of your time but the feedback we get is invaluable.

Thank you for all that you do!

2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference Scholarships Announced – Deadline January 11

2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference Scholarships Announced – Deadline January 11


These scholarships are made possible by grants from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and the Ohio Animal Health Foundation

The MWV Conference will be held in Columbus, OH, Feb. 25-28.

The deadline for the scholarship is Jan 11th, but it is an easy form to fill out so hopefully this won’t be a hindrance for those wishing to apply. There is a euthanasia certification training as well, so some shelters may want to send staff to that. Registrants can attend it separately or attend the training and the conference. The scholarship can be used to offset most of the cost of the training as well.


ASPCA WEBINAR: Turning Data Into Lives Saved

ASPCA WEBINAR: Turning Data Into Lives Saved

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Shelter Animals Count Board: Jodi Lytle Buckman, Chair; Lisa Pedersen, Director
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•Jodi Lytle Buckman, Chair, Shelter Animals Count Board; Senior Director, Community Outreach, ASPCA
•Lisa Pedersen, Director, Shelter Animals Count Board; CEO, Humane Society of Boulder Valley

How many animals enter our nation’s shelters?
How many animals are moving among shelters and rescues as transfers?
What can we learn from other communities where more, or fewer, lives are saved?

These – and so many other questions – can be answered if shelters and rescues agree that we can turn data into lives saved. In fact, what if there was a database of sheltered animal statistics?

Good news! A national database has just launched! This collaborative project is a first-of-its-kind initiative to gather data at local, state and national levels on animals in American shelters.

Learn about the database and how your organization can participate. Join us for a free, 60-minute webinar to explore:
•The fundamentals of quality data collection in an animal shelter
•The basic data matrix, a nationally recognized tool for data collection and sharing
•How to sign up and begin entering data into the national database

Shelter Animals Count is a new national organization formed by a diverse group of partners focused on creating and sharing a national database of sheltered animal statistics. The goal is to gather facts and insights that will help shelters save more lives. We hope you’ll join us for this webinar, and ultimately choose to join shelters from across the country in the national database! For more information please visit

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 3-4 pm ET



November 30 & December 1, 2015, in Westland, Michigan

The delivery of painless and humane death is a great responsibility to those who must do it. There can be no confusion or uncertainty that the euthanasia technician’s first (primary) responsibility is to the animal; to assure that the animal is treated with compassion and respect, no matter what. The purpose of this Euthanasia-by-Injection workshop is to teach, encourage and model this primary purpose. It is sponsored by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) which seeks to provide excellent professional training to the animal welfare field in Michigan.

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 30th and Tuesday, Dec. 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

WHERE: Michigan Humane Society Berman Center for Animal Care, 900 N. Newburgh Rd., Westland, MI, 48185. Free parking in front of building (facing Newburgh). Class will be held in the Pet Education Center inside the shelter: enter the main front door.

Dr. Shirene Cece and Dr. Cathy Anderson, both Michigan licensed veterinarians who specialize in shelter medicine, will team teach the two-day workshop for staff of Michigan registered animal shelters. Topics covered will include: understanding how euthanasia drugs work, calculating dosages, humane restraint techniques, appropriate administration, managing euthanasia related compassion stress, etc. This training meets and exceeds the minimum requirement for euthanasia technician training as outlined in Michigan law (Public Health Code Act 738 Section 733). NOTE: This course does NOT require participants to euthanize an animal. Additional practice under the direction of a veterinarian is strongly recommended before applying for certification.

FEE: $65 per person includes two full days of instruction, workbook, lunch both days, additional materials and supplies, the final written exam (mandatory for certification), and a certificate of completion. Course fee does NOT include: travel, lodging, or other meals. Fee must be paid in advance by check or credit card. No refunds after November 15, 2015.



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Shirene Cece, DVM received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, and was the supervising veterinarian at MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care for 26 years. She is currently the Director of Shelter Medicine at MHS. Dr. Cece has an interest in animal cruelty investigations and has been an expert witness for many cases of abuse and dog fighting.



Dr. Cathy Anderson is a nationally-certified instructor of injection-euthanasia for the animal care and control field.

Cathy Anderson, DVM is the medical director of Jackson County Animal Shelter. In addition she provides veterinary services for Adopt A Pet in Fenton. She is also adjunct faculty at Baker College in Clinton Township and teaches for the Veterinary Technology program. She recently finished her certificate in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida and Maddie’s Fund. She also is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and is the Chairman of the Legislative Committee of that organization. She serves on the Companion Animal Working Group as well.

TO REGISTER: Call or email early to reserve your spot, no walk-in’s available: 313-262-4034 or

2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE: Act fast! Only a handful of spots left!

2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE: Act fast! Only a handful of spots left!

We are thrilled to report that with two weeks to go before the 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference, there are fewer than 25 spots left! If you are interested in attending this fun and informative two-day conference at the beautiful FireKeepers Hotel & Casino featuring excellent speakers and sessions on a wide array of topics, including Adoptions, Companion Animals, Shelter Medicine, Community Outreach, Field Services, Fundraising, Operations, Leadership, Public Relations, and Legislation, please register TODAY! Online registration is available at

The conference will sell out very soon, so please ACT NOW!

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”

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Dr. James Averill has served as the State Veterinarian within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Animal Industry Division since June 9, 2013.  The State Veterinarian is Michigan’s chief of regulatory veterinary medicine. He oversees disease surveillance, prevention, and response impacting the state’s multi-billion dollar animal agriculture sector.  Dr. Averill began working for MDARD in 2009 as the Bovine Tuberculosis Program Coordinator and became Division Director in 2011.

Dr. Averill was born and raised in Maine on a dairy and sheep farm. He came to Michigan to attend Michigan State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. degrees.

As part of its animal health mission, MDARD’s State Veterinarian and its Animal Industry Division work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services and Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as well as other state and federal agencies, private practice veterinarians, and local law enforcement.

Dr. Averill will provide an update on companion animal reportable diseases, with a focus on canine influenza.  He will also share best practices regarding animal shelter regulations and protecting animal and human health in a shelter setting.

To register for the conference go to:

GLAWC ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!

GLAWC ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!

Hurry and register now. We have about 50 spots left before we max out at 400 attendees!!! We are going to sell out!! The following sessions are already closed: Day Long Large Animal Cruelty Investigation and Handling, Michigan Animal Welfare Grant (How to), and Animal Decontamination. To register, please go to:
Contact or 313-262-4034 with questions.

ASPCA: Save Horses through Help a Horse Day February 10

ASPCA: Save Horses through Help a Horse Day February 10

Photo courtesy of ASPCA

Webinar:  How to Save Horses through ASPCA Help a Horse Day Tuesday, February 10, 3-4 pm ET Jacque Schultz, Senior Director, ASPCA Equine Fund, ASPCA

April 26, 2015, is the third annual Help a Horse Day (HaHD) – a national effort on behalf of homeless horses and those who care for them. Help a Horse Day is the perfect opportunity to let your community know how they can be a part of your mission. Will your equine group be part of the celebration?

Why celebrate Help a Horse Day?

  • Increased visibility
  • A national platform from which to spread your message
  • An opportunity to engage your community
  • Raise both funds and awareness
  • A chance to win some of the $50,000 in prize money

Join the ASPCA Equine Fund Team for a free, 60-minute webinar and question/answer session to learn:

  • What is HaHD?
  • How will HaHD 2015 be different than HaHD 2014?
  • What do I need to do to win the celebration contest?

Bring your questions! You’ll walk away from this session with ideas and tips to reach your community and involve them in your lifesaving mission. If you can’t join us for the live webinar, sign up anyway and we will send you the link to the recording.

Early Registration for the 2015 Animal Care Expo ends January 31!!!

Early Registration for the 2015 Animal Care Expo ends January 31!!!

Learn. Rejuvenate. Network.

Animal Care Expo 2015 registration is open! The premier national conference for animal welfare professionals is taking over New Orleans, March 30-April 2, 2015. View the conference schedule and register now!

Join 2,000 animal care experts, professionals and newbies from around the globe to learn new skills and strategies to find pets homes, keep pets in homes, engage your community, humanely manage cat populations, and more! Expo 2015 is sure to be extra special as we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing efforts to make disaster preparedness for animals a key priority. Get ready to recharge your passion for saving animals!

Expo is already the most cost-effective educational opportunity in animal welfare, now through January 31st, get an extra $25 off full conference registration with code SDEX15.


Scholarship available for the Midwest Vet Conference: Urgent DEADLINE January 12

Scholarship available for the Midwest Vet Conference: Urgent DEADLINE January 12

The Shelter Animal Medicine & Care Scholarship is now available for the Midwest Vet Conference.  The applications are DUE BY JANUARY 12 2015.  Follow the link below.

Additional Information: Shelter Animal Medicine & Care Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available to shelter and humane society personnel who wish to attend the Shelter Animal Medicine & Care sessions at the Midwest Veterinary Conference. These scholarships are made possible by grants from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, A Key Bank Trust and the Ohio Animal Health Foundation.

  • Organizations may apply for a maximum of two scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded based on need.
  • Applications must be completed in full and postmarked, faxed or submitted online no later than Jan. 12, 2015, to be considered. Winners will be notified by e-mail (or postal mail, if no e-mail is provided) beginning the week of Jan. 19.
  • Each full scholarship includes a registration credit of up to $150 to attend the 2015 MVC and a $150 stipend that can be used to help cover other related expenses.
  • Stipend checks will be issued to the organization and can be picked up on site at the MVC.
  • IMPORTANT! If you are applying for this scholarship, please use the designated Shelter Animal registration form so MVC staff know not to process your registration and payment until AFTER scholarships are awarded.

Questions? View the FAQs or contact the OVMA for specific questions.

Application deadline is Jan. 12, 2015.


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