5th Annual MnPAW Conference

Sunday, October 2, 2016 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley

Tory Whitten, Epidemiologist, MN Department of Health
HIlary Anne Hager, Director of Volunteer Engagement, Humane Society of the United States

This years conference consists of three workshops given by two exceptional speakers and multiple opportunities to network and collaborate with other animal welfare advocates.

For more information about the speakers, the schedule, and how to register, please download the 2016 MnPAW Conference Brochure

The MN Board of Veterinary Medicine has approved this conference for 6 continuing education credits.

Conference Sessions
Canine Brucellosis, MN Department of Health, Tory Whitten
From January 2015 through July 2016 the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) has been notified of 29 dogs with canine brucellosis. Seventeen (59%) of these were obtained by Minnesota foster-based rescues from Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Prior to 2015, there had been no dogs identified with canine brucellosis that were not dogs used in breeding programs. Canine brucellosis, though well understood in the context of canine breeding operations, is an under-recognized public health issue in the canine rescue population. The rescue groups were initially unaware of the risks of and appropriate prevention measures for canine brucellosis. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) jointly investigates cases of canine brucellosis with the BAH, to provide public health recommendations and information, and to identify any human illness associated with infected dogs. The BAH and MDH seek to increase awareness of canine brucellosis in the canine rescue and shelter medicine communities and gain information to make relevant and realistic recommendations regarding dogs infected with canine brucellosis.

This session will discuss the basics of canine brucellosis, including background on the causative organism, Brucella canis, the symptoms in dogs and people, testing and treatment options for dogs and people, and what is known about the public health risk of infected dogs and transmission to people, including current recommendations. We will also cover what we know about the cases originating from the South Dakota Indian Reservations.

Finding the Right Volunteers, Hilary Anne Hager
Volunteers are essential to helping animal welfare organizations meet the needs of the animals in their care. When you’ve got the right people filling the right roles, it’s magic. When you don’t…well, it’s not so magical. This workshop will explore how organizations can identify the best and most strategic ways they can involve volunteers in their work, how they can find and train the people who will have the best and biggest impact, and also how to re-direct and manage volunteers who may present a challenge. We all want to work smarter, not harder—and that’s exactly what this workshop will allow us to do.

Compassion Fatigue – Part 1, Hilary Anne Hager
This workshop will provide attendees with the tools needed to stay resilient as they face the day-to-day challenges of their work in the animal protection field. The workshop will provide participants with a shared language and understanding of the causes and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue as well as a suite of skills that can be used to build and maintain a healthy and intentional culture of skillful communication, openness, and personal responsibility. Participants will also have the opportunity to create a personal plan of action.