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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

MAACO & Dr. Cathy Anderson Present: Tranquilization Certification Class


MAACO & Dr. Cathy Anderson Present: Tranquilization Certification Class

To be held on November 9,10 2015
At Kent County Animal Control
740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Mi

To register contact Becky Neal 269-420-9058

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.

Large Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop Oct. 20!


Dr. Karen Waite is an Equine Extension Specialist in Michigan. She teaches a variety of equine courses and is the Past President of the American Youth Horse Council, President of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association and is a carded judge with the ABRA, and POAC. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Animal Science, and a Master’s Degree in Animal Science with a nutrition emphasis, as well as a Doctoral degree in Sports Psychology with an emphasis on equestrian sport and activity.

Come to Battle Creek this fall to learn about large animal handling and investigations! Dr. Karen Waite, a respected equine specialist with Michigan State University Extension and MSU faculty member, will lead a panel of large animal experts in a unique daylong workshop on cruelty investigation and handling of horses, dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. This special course is ideal for animal control officers and animal cruelty investigators, and is designed to provide a solid basis in animal husbandry along with investigation information in a small group (20) setting.

Dr. Judy Marteniuk earned her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  After a period of time in general practice, where she mostly worked on food animals and horses, she came to MSU for a large-animal residency and a master’s degree in nutrition.  She stayed on to become a member of the faculty at MSU.

Dr. Judy Marteniuk earned her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After a period of time in general practice, where she mostly worked on food animals and horses, she came to MSU for a large-animal residency and a master’s degree in nutrition. She stayed on to become a member of the faculty at MSU.

The course will be taught half in the classroom, half on local farms! Learn about safe handling and investigations involving these types of animals in an action-packed full-day session from MSUE’s Dr. Waite, Kevin Gould, Tom Guthrie, Michael Metzger, and large animal veterinarian Dr. Judith Marteniuk. This course has been approved by the MDARD-Animal Industry Division for Michigan Animal Control Officer training hours. 

Kevin Gould is the Michigan State University Extension Beef Educator for west-central Michigan. His programs focus on nutrition and animal health.

The workshop is part of Day 2 of the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference, October 19-20, 2015 at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. Visit this site in the days ahead for information on our fabulous line-up of speakers and sessions: 44 in all! Online registration opens in August and brochures will be mailed statewide then too. REGISTER EARLY if you want one of only 20 spots in the large animal daylong workshop. Remember that the conference SOLD OUT last year, so don’t miss registering when August arrives. The conference is co-hosted by MPAW and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers. We WELCOME our colleagues from across the Great Lakes region–come on over, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Canada, and beyond!

Maddie’s Institute Webcast: Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives!

Maddie’s Institute Webcast: Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives

Do you know what’s needed to save the lives of more animals in your community? The answer to that question begins with understanding what already exists in terms of resources, as well as the major issues facing homeless pets in your area and the people who work to help them.

On March 19, 2015, at 9 PM Eastern, Bonney Brown of the Humane Network will join Maddie’s Institute® for a presentation on Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives.

This webcast will provide a strategy to help you look at your community in a new way, and to assess needs and identify opportunities. You’ll learn how to gather and analyze information and statistics and how to use what you learn to develop plans to facilitate positive results for the animals.

Register for the free webcast HERE

Attendees will learn:

How to assess your community’s opportunities and challenges.
How to determine what is needed to help achieve greater lifesaving success for homeless pets.
How to gather and analyze the necessary information.
Steps and key elements for creating and executing a plan.
How to track and review progress.
And more!
Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives includes valuable information for anyone who wants to save animals’ lives, from individual advocates to shelter and rescue group staff, volunteers and board members.

This webcast is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie’s Institute, a program of Maddie’s Fund®, the nation’s leading funder of shelter medicine education. Maddie’s Institute brings cutting edge shelter medicine information from universities and animal welfare leaders to shelter veterinarians, managers and staff as well as private practice veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

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