Spring Conference: Session Confessin’, Part 4

Two great reasons to register for The Association’s Spring 2022 Conference post haste:
1. You’ll save 50 dollars when you make like an early bird and sign up by end of day Thursday.
2. You’ll secure your spot for great sessions like Animal Shelters and Veterinarians as Collaborative Partners in Animal Cruelty Response and Prevention, part of the Shelter Medicine & Public Health track. Along with Emily Lewis, JD, and Kris Otteman, DVM, CAWA, Linda Fielder, CAWA, is presenting this one on Thursday, June 16; we recently caught up with Linda to find out more.

The Association: In keeping with the conference theme, what are you most jazzed about for our time together?
Linda Fielder, CAWA: I’m sure we share the same sentiments as many of our colleagues when we say we are beyond excited to be back in person meeting and networking with old friends and new. 

Our presentation is all about collaboration and the idea that we are “better together,” and I think that feeling carries over and describes our feelings about the opportunities the conference will afford attendees.  

The Association: Please give us a sneak peek at your session. What’s a key idea that attendees will take away? (Details, please!)
Linda Fielder, CAWA: Collaboration is key! We want humane organizations and veterinarians to consider their role in combatting animal cruelty and contributing to investigations. Your organizations are filled with experts in the care and treatment of animals, and that expertise is needed in the field and in the courtroom. 

Our presentation is meant to identify all the critical roles humane agencies, including roles that veterinarians can play in supporting law enforcement and humane investigators beyond just examining animals in the hospital and holding animals in kennels.  

The Association: What can attendees prepare or think about prior to your session?  
Linda Fielder, CAWA: Attendees can ask themselves:

How does your organization contribute to animal cruelty investigations currently?

Identify what is most needed in your community to protect vulnerable animals from neglect and abuse, such as:

  • better laws
  • low-cost veterinary services
  • more robust response from law enforcement


The Association: What favorite Zoom meeting outfit will NOT make it into your suitcase this June?
Linda Fielder, CAWA: Definitely the sweatpants and slippers!

Sneak Peeks at More Sessions

Spring Conference: Session Confessin’ Part 1
Spring Conference: Session Confessin’ Part 2
Spring Conference: Session Confessin’ Part 3

Space for the conference is limited to keep everyone as safe as possible, so we do recommend you register sooner rather than later. And you’ll save some $ if you sign up before the early bird deadline of May 12. (That’s tomorrow!)


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