The AVMA is pleased to provide access to audiovisual proceedings from its November 2014 Symposium, "Humane Endings—In Search of Best Practices for the Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter, and Depopulation of Animals". 'Humane Endings' reflects the essence of the AVMA's approach toward developing and providing scientifically robust and ethically responsible guidance for humanely ending the lives of animals when that is necessary.
The AVMA's work in this area began in 1963 with the publication of the first edition of the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia and has been followed by eight editions of this now globally accepted standard for best practices, including the most recent and most comprehensive edition released in 2013. In 2012, the AVMA recognized that while some euthanasia methods may be utilized in slaughter and depopulation, these environments and related best practices often fall outside the context of euthanasia and, accordingly, deserve their own attention. Hence, the AVMA initiated the development of two additional guidance documents: the AVMA Guidelines for the Humane Slaughter of Animals and the AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals.
Consistent with the obligations of the Veterinarian's Oath, the AVMA and its Panels are committed to ensuring the AVMA's guidelines meet expectations for continuous improvement. This symposium is part of that commitment. An exciting 2.5 days of presentations and posters took a comprehensive look at existing best practices and explored research aimed at making those practices even better. In addition, a Panel discussion on international approaches allowed attendees to learn from experts and policy makers from around the world. The scientific information presented during this special event, as well as practical experiences shared during its conversations, will be used to continue to improve the quality of the AVMA guidance documents-they are forever works-in-progress.
In addition to our speakers, poster presenters, and panelists, the following members of the Humane Endings Program Committee deserve a world of thanks for their tireless commitment toward making this event a reality and a success-it would not have been possible without them:
Program ChairSamuel Cartner, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACLAM; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Plenary Sessions Steven Leary, DVM, DACLAM; Washington University, St. Louis, MissouriWendy Underwood, DVM; Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IndianaRaymond Anthony, PhD; University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AlaskaTemple Grandin, PhD; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, ColoradoSharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD, DABVT, DABT; Veterinary Information Network, Urbana, IllinoisRobert Meyer, DVM, DACVA; Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi
Companion, Exotic, Zoo and Wild AnimalsM.A. McCrackin, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACLAM; Ralph H. Johnson VAMC & Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SCCheryl Greenacre, DVM, DABVP; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TennesseeDavid Miller, DVM, PhD, DACZM; Loveland, Colorado
Laboratory and Aquatic AnimalsSamuel Cartner, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACLAM; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AlabamaRoy Yanong, VMD; University of Florida, Ruskin, Florida
Food Animals and EquidsJan Shearer, DVM, MS, DACAW; Iowa State University, Ames, IowaDouglas Corey, DVM; Associated Veterinary Clinic, Walla Walla, Washington
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