2018 Humane Endings Symposium

November 2-4, 2018
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL

Experts on humane endings for animals will come together to present cutting-edge research and practical experience in applying methods of euthanasia, slaughter and depopulation across many species.

The symposium will include a first look at the highly anticipated AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals and an upcoming 2019 interim update to the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. Attendees will learn how the AVMA formulates its guidance, and contribute to the knowledge base and conversation that shapes it.

Veterinarians who attend will gain a deeper understanding of how to implement the AVMA’s guidance to ensure humane endings. In addition to information that helps us make good choices for animals, the symposium topics will include non-technical issues such as the psychological impacts of end-of-life decision making.

Humane Endings Symposium Program (PDF)

Regular registration ends October 15 and is $325.

Late registration is October 16-October 31 and is $375​.

Who Should Attend?

This is a must-attend event for anyone involved with end-of-life decision making for animals, including:

  • Veterinarians who implement humane killing techniques
  • Government employees, facility directors and accreditation representatives who are involved with regulation of these activities
  • Producers of educational programs, standards or protocols in these areas of practice
  • Representatives of animal-based industries and humane societies

View Videos from the 2014 Symposium