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November 01, 2021

American College of Animal Welfare

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Virtual meeting, Aug. 23


Earlier this year, the college received full recognition from the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties as a specialty organization. The job task analysis, which began when the college received provisional recognition, is ongoing.

The new Continuing Education Committee has preliminarily scheduled the 2022 ACAW short course for June 23-25 at the University of California-Davis. The first two days will consist primarily of didactic sessions, while the last day will focus on conducting animal welfare assessments. The committee is also looking at other opportunities to provide high-quality animal welfare continuing education to the veterinary community.

The first funded animal welfare residency, located at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, was approved by the college. At least two other veterinary colleges in the United States are working towards establishing an ACAW-approved animal welfare residency. ACAW provided four sessions at AVMA Virtual Convention 2021 and will continue to provide programming at future AVMA conventions.

The college has also established a social medial presence with a LinkedIn group.

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Jennifer Federico, Apex, North Carolina


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Dr. Stacy Pritt
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Drs. Stacy Pritt, Rowlett, Texas, president; Dan Marsman, Mason, Ohio, president-elect; Ron Banks, Oklahoma City, secretary; Steven R. Hansen, Phoenix, treasurer; and Jeff Boehm, Sausalito, California, immediate past president