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Seminar 13

Animal Welfare-Directed Training Programs for Veterinary Practice


Fee: $150 Limit: 31
Level: Advanced    
Room: CC 124 A    
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 12, 2018  8:00:00 AM - 5:00:00 PM
Coordinators: Reynolds Computers No
Faculty: Reynolds , Plummer , Shearer  

Description: Practitioners can increase practice income and provide extremely valuable services for clients by offering animal handling and care advice and training to dairy owners, managers and employees. All farm welfare programs and audits require training for animal care and handling. The herd veterinarian is best qualified and suited to manage or give these training sessions because veterinarians have knowledge of medicine, animal care and animal welfare and have experience in all areas of the dairy. The herd veterinarian is on the farm routinely and can most effectively improve and maintain animal care over time. Dairies need training programs that focus on compassion and understanding animal’s needs when employees are performing tasks and treatments. The milking routine starts and finishes with keeping cows calm and reducing anxiety, processing newborn calves requires respectful handling and nurturing of the calf, treating cows in the hospital needs to be done with understanding the mental as well as physiological aspects of the animal’s being treated. Examples of training areas that veterinarians can and should be providing include: animal handling, maternity area, hospital care, calf care, milking parlor, foot-care, euthanasia and others. Dairies range from family-run farms to large multi-dairy systems and they all need responsible, objective training programs to help management provide the care the owners want, the animals need, and consumers expect. Training can be tailored to the needs of each farm and veterinary practice and offered at the clinic office or at the farm depending on situation. Practitioners may directly provide on-farm training or over-see training from other sources on client’s farms. Quality medicine, animal care and welfare are all services veterinarians provide. This seminar will demonstrate and discuss: • Methodology to teach farm managers and employees welfare-centered approaches to animal care • The importance of compassion and emotion in caring for animals • Quality medicine includes the attentive states of animals • How protocols and SOPs provide the material for training each task • Provide examples of 10 to 15-minute training sessions • Maintaining the programs over time – short discussions to keep people focused.

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