Day 2 - June 9, 2021

11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Exhibit Hall Open

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11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Opening Remarks & The Veterinary Shortage

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Overview

The Association's Board Chairman, Brad Shear, will kick off Day 2 of the conference from 11:30 - 12:00 noon ET.

General Session - The Veterinary Shortage: 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

A recent Banfield study estimates a shortage of 10,000 veterinarians in the next 10 years which could impact the care of 75 million pets. Many shelters and clinics already feel the pinch and struggle to get animals altered before adoption or limit services due to staffing shortages. Join a robust discussion about how your organization can be involved in the short-term and long-term solution of getting more veterinarians into the field, including leveraging vet techs and new mid-level professionals. You will learn:

  • How to write a stellar job ad to attract candidates
  • Which benefits and compensation packages to offer and see how you stack up to other organizations
  • What is important to veterinarians and why they stay or leave a position – the reasons may surprise you
  • How mid-level professionals could reduce shortages, expand access to care, and boost the veterinary profession

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Mark Cushing, Founder and Managing Partner, The Animal Policy Group

​Aimee St. Arnaud, Founder, Open Door Veterinary Support

1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Exhibit Hall Open

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Fundraising Track: Breaking the Mold in Times of Crisis: Updated Fundraising Ideas

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A gala with an empty hotel room, a walk without hundreds of people gathered in a park.  Those were just a few of the challenges fundraisers faced in 2020 when trying to execute annual events.  Many events went virtual, and organizations turned to other creative ways to raise funds.  For many, gross revenue was down but net revenue (due to reduced expenses) and number of “attendees” was up This session will feature case studies of a walk and a gala that each went virtual, as well as creative, nontraditional fundraisers undertaken by our panelists.  The speakers will share what worked, what didn’t, and what they have learned that they will carry forward in their fundraising plans post-COVID.

 This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Alisa Gray, Vice President of Outreach, Kentucky Humane Society

Judy Hunter, Senior Director of Development, Cleveland Animal Protective League

​Joe Lisella, CAWA, Director of Development, Marin Humane

​Laurie Peterson, Vice President of Development, Marketing, Communications and Education, The Dumb Friends League

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Shelter Medicine Track: Veterinary Social Work: Attending to the Human Side of Things in Animal Sheltering

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Do animals need a veterinary social worker? Hopefully, you will know the “right answer” by the end of this webinar. The basic veterinary social work model applies social work values and methodologies to animal-related situations and settings. It’s a marriage between social work and the scope of practice veterinary medicine holds, especially operating within the veterinary public health realm.  This participatory and evidenced-based session will cover the four areas of veterinary social work as well as practice examples at micro, mezzo, and macros levels. Attendees will help brainstorm all the areas where veterinary social workers could be helpful in the animal shelter setting as well as learn about case examples of such work. Leave inspired to consider ways in which veterinary social work could be integrated into your organization.


This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 

This live session only is approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE. After you attend the live session IN FULL (at least 50 minutes), you will receive a link to submit your RACE-required credentials. The recording is NOT approved for RACE CEs so be sure to attend live!

Speaker(s)

Dr. Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW, Founding Director of Veterinary Social Work, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Field Services Track: Working with Local Officials to Reach Your Shelter Goals

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As a municipal shelter, it may be challenging to convince local leaders you cannot be progressive without proper funding. Amy-Jo will share three different projects that were approved and financially supported by both the Fort Wayne City administration and their City Council. She will share strategies municipal shelter leaders can use to help gain the confidence they need to pursue and get more funding.  No one knows your shelter like you do, it’s time to show those who hold the financial power that animal welfare is an important community service and should be supported properly.  

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Amy-Jo Sites, MPA, CAWA, Director, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Admin Track: Minding the Business While Changing the World – Reporting and Fiduciary Responsibilities

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Nonprofits strengthen our communities in countless ways – and their staff, board, and volunteers are often passionate about the cause. Sometimes there is much less enthusiasm for paying attention to board governance, legal fiduciary obligations, and reporting requirements. Charities ignore these important concepts at their own peril. If nonprofit leaders fail to take care of business properly, the entire organization can be jeopardized. This training will include a review of the basic requirements all charitable organizations have, along with easy-to-follow tips to responsibly protect an organization and its beneficiaries. Staff leaders, we invite you to bring your board members to this session!

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Speaker(s)

Beth Short, Office of Charitable Law, Ohio Attorney General Office

3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT
Unmuted Sessions

  • Pandemic Response - HR Topics
  • Challenges & Successes of Transport
  • White Ally Conversation & Safe Space - Sponsored by Maddie's Fund

Learn more about the Unmuted Sessions.

4:05pm - 5:00pm EDT
Happy Hour

Cat Trivia Happy Hour with Purina/Petfinder