Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference - Michigan Humane Society

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

MHS-MAACO Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

We are excited to announce that online registration for the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference is now open!

Join your colleagues on October 24th and 25th for two fast-paced days of high-quality education and networking at the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY to take advantage of the early bird rate and to get the best session selection! Some sessions have limited space.


The conference brochure may be viewed here. Sessions with an asterisk (*) can be used toward MDARD’s prescribed animal control training program. All courses can be used for 1.5 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education credits.

To register, please go to Credit card payment will be due at the time of registration. If you are with a municipality and are unable to provide credit card information at the time of registration, please contact Jaime Martin at (313) 262-4034.

Please follow the conference on Facebook for the latest news and information.

We look forward to seeing you at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference!

Scholarship Information

The scholarship application for the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference is now available! The application may be found here. An electronic version of the conference brochure may be found here.

Scholarship applications are due by Wednesday, September 7, 2016. All scholarship applicants will be notified whether or not they received a scholarship by September 9. The early bird registration rate for the conference ends on September 16, so applicants who do not receive a scholarship will still have a week to register and take advantage of the early bird rate.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley

MHS-MAACO Great Lakes Animal Welfare ConferenceOf special note is the keynote speaker, Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989 at the Santa Cruz SPCA, a private shelter providing field and sheltering services to the community in Santa Cruz, CA. She enjoyed the job more than she ever could have imagined, especially the feeling that she was able to help people take better care of their pets as well as protecting animals every day. Becoming a veterinarian seemed a logical way to continue serving both pets and people, and after six years, she left the Santa Cruz SPCA to attend the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hurley soon found she couldn’t tear herself away from shelter work, however, and after graduation from veterinary school in 1999, she immediately went to work as a shelter veterinarian. Hurley loved that job, too, but she couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to UC Davis in 2001 to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. Following completion of her three-year residency, Hurley became the Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Among Dr. Hurley’s many achievements, she recently partnered with Dr. Julie Levy at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save one million cats in North American shelters over the five year period from 2014-2019.

Hurley’s research interests include welfare of confined dogs and cats, humane and effective strategies to manage community cats, and infectious disease (especially strategies for prevention). She will always love shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals and the people who work so hard to care for them.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear Dr. Hurley’s inspirational keynote address at the banquet on Monday evening. She will also be presenting two breakout sessions on Tuesday on the Million Cat Challenge.

Hotel Reservations:

Hotel reservations may be made online at Click on “Book Room” and enter Group Code 102416MAWC to receive the discounted group rate of $119 + tax. FireKeepers does not offer government rates.

Rooms are also available at the neighboring Quality Inn, which offers government discounts and discounts for guests attending the conference at FireKeepers. Call (269) 964-3000 and mention the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference at the FireKeepers Casino.


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