When: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6:30 pm – 9 pm (or so)
Where: Kent County Animal Shelter
740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For map or directions, visit: http://go.wmasap.org/kcas
Food: Provided and delicious!!
Topic: Reporting suspected animal cruelty -and- Update on Rabies in Michigan
Chris R. Buckley, DVM, Shelter Veterinarian
Kent County Animal Shelter
Animal cruelty is a heinous act against innocent victims who can’t report their abuser. We all swore an oath to protect animal health and welfare and to prevent and relieve animal suffering. But what exactly qualifies as animal cruelty? How do we document suspected acts of cruelty? And to whom are they reported? Chris Buckley, DVM of the Kent County Animal Shelter will speak to us about animal cruelty, and how to document and report these cases to the appropriate authorities.
Additionally, in 2016 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services revised the rabies protocol for human and animal exposure. Rabies even made the news on one of the major news outlets in West Michigan (http://wp.me/p4yStY-Zpx), which has put this deadly zoonotic disease in our clients’ minds. Dr. Buckley will discuss the current state of rabies in Michigan, as well as the changes to the state’s protocol for potential exposure.
Pets in Need – West Michigan
Joan Koelzer, DVM, one of our local colleagues and long-time Academy member, started Pets in Need – West Michigan (pinwestmi.org). This is a local non-profit entity (supported in part by a generous grant from Bissell) to provide much-needed veterinary care to verified low-income pet owners in West Michigan. Dr. Koelzer will speak for a few minutes about the some of the needs in West Michigan, as well as this non-profit organization and how it may or may not affect your clinic and clients.
Adam Reichmuth of Ceva Animal Health (who is generously sponsoring this meeting) will also speak very briefly about fightheartwormnow.com, a new initiative by Ceva for the prevention of heartworm disease
We hope to see you there!
Your WMASAP officers,
Margaret Sudekum, Rebecca Vincent, Chris Dykhouse, and Christi Hage