CE Events and Workshops

VCS Seminar: Dr. Kira Tyson

"Duration of Elevated Arsenic Levels in the Blood, Muscle, and Liver Tissues after Acute Arsenic Toxicosis in 2 Beef Cattle"

Presenter: Dr. Kira Tyson, VTH Intern

Arsenic toxicosis is rare and sporadic in cattle herds and is often associated with a history of a burned ash pile of arsenic treated lumber. Acute arsenic toxicosis carries a grave prognosis and often results in death. There is limited knowledge about the duration of elevated arsenic levels in the tissues of cattle that survive an acute arsenic toxicosis or exposure, and safety of cattle entering the food chain post-exposure is unknown. The objective of this case series is to report the outcome of cattle intoxicated with arsenic, to determine blood and muscle persistence of arsenic following toxicity in surviving animals, and to utilize this data to better advise cattle producers regarding slaughter of animals that survive arsenic intoxication. One (1) Continuing Education (CE) credit is offered for this seminar.

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Center for Animal Welfare Science Symposium

"Advancing Animal Welfare Science: Overcoming Obstacles to Implementation"

May 17-18, 2017 in Purdue University's Stewart Center.

Join us for the 3rd Annual Center for Animal Welfare Science (CAWS) Symposium! 

Register for the 2017 CAWS Spring Symposium

Hurry! Registration closes May 11th.


This 1-day symposium examines the scientific information gathered to date on key topics and the difficulties that can be encountered in direct application.  Experts will discuss strategies for overcoming obstacles to implementing relevant animal welfare science findings in the field, laboratory and other applied settings. Topics to be explored will include agricultural, companion and laboratory animal welfare challenges and opportunities.  The symposium consists of several lectures, a panel discussion, poster session and reception, and is intended to be useful for scientists, students, veterinarians, animal producers, various animal industry personnel, legislators, and interested members of the general public.

Special CAWS workshops will be held on May 17:

Workshop #1

Integrating Animal Welfare into the Animal Science and Veterinary Curriculum

There is near universal agreement that veterinary and animal science students should graduate with a firm knowledge base in animal welfare science including being able to distinguish acceptable from unacceptable animal care practices. The educational opportunities currently available in many animal science and veterinary departments often result in outcomes that fall quite a bit short of this goal, however.

This half-day workshop will cover two inter-related topics. The first will be how to best teach animal welfare science to animal science and veterinary students. Implicit in this is how to best incorporate animal welfare science throughout the entire curriculum of animal-based disciplines. What must change in the institution to allow this to take place? The second topic is what should be the learning objectives in animal welfare courses and what is the animal welfare skillset that we want our graduates to possess.

Experts with experience teaching both animal science and veterinary curriculums will discuss these topics. The workshop is intended for educators from all disciplines, extension educators, scientists, veterinarians, students and members of the general public.

Workshop #2

Food Safety, Economics, and the Humane Food Movement

This half-day workshop will discuss the rise of the humane food movement and the impacts of humane food production on the animals, consumers, producers and food safety. Scientific and industry experts will discuss topics ranging from the food safety and animal welfare challenges associated with backyard flocks and urban farming to the rise of animal welfare certification programs. Additionally, consumer demand for humanely raised food and economic impacts of welfare friendly food practices will be discussed. The workshop is intended to provide animal producers and caretakers, animal industry representatives, extension educators, scientists, veterinarians, students and members of the general public with a forum to discuss humane food production, economics and food safety. 

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Canine Welfare Science Forum

Join us for the 2nd Annual Canine Welfare Science Forum, hosted by the Center for Animal Welfare Science, on May 19 in Purdue University's Stewart Center.

Register for the 2017 Canine Welfare Science Forum

Hurry! Registration closes May 15th.

Read the 2017 Canine Welfare Science Program (PDF)

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