Animal Welfare Symposium 2014: Huma​ne Endings - In Search of Best Practices for the Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and Depopulation of Animals

Humane Endings

November 3-5, 2014
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois

This symposium will take a comprehensive look at existing best practices for euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation across animal species, while exploring research and innovation in the name of continuous improvement. A by-invitation half-day workshop focused on international harmonization of recommendations will follow the 2.5-day event.​

19 hours of Continuing Education credit are recommended by the AVMA for attendance at the symposium.

Registration for the symposium is now open according to the schedule that appears below. Reserve your seat today!


Opens​​ Closes​ Fee​​ Students​
Early​​ ​8/15/14 at 9:00 am ​9/16/14 at 8:59 am ​$300 ​$150
Regular​​ ​9/16/14 at 9:00 am ​10/16/14 at 8:59 am ​$325 ​$165
Late​​ ​10/16/14 at 9:00 am ​10/26/14 at 11:59 pm ​$350 ​$175
​Onsite ​11/2/14 at 7:00 am ​11/5/14 at 12:00 pm ​$375 ​$195


Guests may be registered for $125 each. Guest registration does not provide access to educational sessions, but includes access to meal and social functions. Registration will be closed between October 26 and November 2, but will reopen on November 2 on a space-available basis to accommodate last-minute registrants.

Want to know what to expect during the three days of the symposium? See the agenda. Need hotel reservations? Information about how to access the AVMA's special hotel room block at the Westin will be provided as part of your registration confirmation. During the registration process you will also be asked about your interest in attending the international harmonization workshop. This workshop is primarily intended for those involved in policy setting roles within governments, industry and non-profits, and will explore needs and ideas for obtaining and sharing new information, and achieving consistency in recommendations.

To register, you will need a VIP code.  Please contact the AVMA's Animal Welfare Division at for your VIP code if you are a member of one of the following groups: AVMA Board of Directors, symposium speakers, oral or poster abstract presenters, or AVMA staff.  All others registering for the symposium should use VIP code AWS14 when prompted.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!