We are coming to the end of the 11th annual Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare Conference. This year we combined with the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers for a conference that was bigger and better than ever.
Continuing education is vital for those working in the animal welfare world. Experts came from across the country to give hands on and personal sessions on everything from pet CPR to animal tranquilization to spay and neuter techniques. We are grateful to our many corporate sponsors that make this conference possible every year!
More than 300 animal welfare workers and volunteers from across Michigan and the Midwest attended the event. There as something for everyone – from Board to frontline caregivers. The knowledge gained at this conference is carried with them and contributes to saving more animal lives.
Conference sponsors were on hand in the exhibitor hall to share new and exciting products and services with attendees!
Speakers like Gail Phelps, President of the Michigan Small Animal Response Team, gave sessions with invaluable information. Phelps spoke on disaster planning for shelters, rescues and animal people.
Meals were provided by the Petco Foundation, Merck Animal Health and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. All meals were awesome networking opportunities for people from all over the state!
Attendees of the Human CPR/emergency training course became certified in CPR during the conference.
There was also a Pet CPR and First Aid course for those dealing with animals on the front lines!
State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill gave an update on the Michigan Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Division.
Some Michigan animal welfare groups were awarded “Bright Idea Awards” for their great programs and facility improvements, community outreach and ordinances. They shared these great and innovative ideas in an afternoon session.