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Potential Legal and Animal Cruelty Cases: Protect your Patient, Protect your Practice

Potential Legal and Animal Cruelty Cases: Protect your Patient, Protect your Practice

Sat, August 18, 2018 - Sun, August 19, 2018

Veterinarians serve an important public health role in maintaining the health and well-being of both pet and production animals, which can include cases of abuse, negligence, and purposeful injury. Animal abuse and endangerment occurs in all species, and perpetrators that abuse animals are at high risk of endangering their immediate families and the public. Forensic veterinary pathology is at the intersection of medicine and the legal profession, usually as it relates to criminal behavior that endangers animals.

This continuing education event will inform veterinarians about how to identify potential cases of animal endangerment and cruelty in the examination room based on client behavior and patient physical exam, how to differentiate different types of traumatic radiographic lesions, and how to collect and handle appropriate diagnostic samples critical not only to an accurate diagnosis but also suitable for legal purposes. This course will familiarize veterinarians with current laws, legal requirements of reporting, issues related to clinic and personal liability, and the overall legal process in different scenarios. A 3 hour case-based forensic pathology wet lab integrates and re-enforces the practical diagnostic concepts presented the day after 8 hours of lectures, and includes 2 hours of LEAP CE.

Saturday Lecture + Sunday Wet-Lab: Capacity- 25

Sponsored by Merck and UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

  

Event Agenda

Saturday, August 18th  -  8 Hours CE (includes 2 hours of LEAP)

Time Presenter    Title Description
8:00 Breakfast & Check-in: Veterinary Medical Center - Educational Center 2200 College Station Rd, Athens, GA
8:30 Paula Krimer   Welcome & Introductions
8:30 Claudine Wilkins  Animal Abuse (LEAP) Learn the different types of animal abuse under Georgia Law, the relationship between animal cruelty and numerous other forms of violence including elder or domestic or child abuse, and current AVMA and AHAA policies on reporting as well as the state trends towards mandatory reporting.
9:25 Jo Smith Clinical Clues: Identifying Potential cases A physical examination and client interview are the foundation for identifying potential animal endangerment. Learn what to look for in the exam room and on the farm, including verbal and non-verbal indicators of hoarding, violence in the home, dog fighting, and other pathologies.
10:15 Break
10:30 Ajay Sharma Radiology in Forensic Pathology Radiographic evidence can be critical in distinguishing accidental from purposeful trauma and identifying foreign bodies. This review will inform practitioners of what lesions are consistent or inconsistent with a variety of patient histories.
11:20 Doris Miller Collecting Evidence Admissible evidence is the keystone to a successful prosecution. We will review the general diagnostic approach, how to collect, identify, process, and submit diagnostic samples to maintain sample integrity, and legal chain of custody.
12:10 Lunch
1:10 Jessica Rock Handling Legal Cases (LEAP) After clinical evidence suggests animal cruelty, legal authorities become involved. Who is involved in the cases? Veterinarians will learn how to report cases, their interaction with other professionals, and what happens before, during, and after court. Liability issues facing veterinarians will also be discussed, including in cases of dog attacks.
2:00 Doris Miller Case Examples Integrated case-based presentations of examples of legal cases to review fundamental concepts, emphasize important points, and further prepare participants for the wet lab.
2:50 Break
3:05-4:45 Doris Miller Case Examples Integrated case-based presentations of examples of legal cases to review fundamental concepts, emphasize important points, and further prepare participants for the wet lab.

Sunday, August 19 WET LAB  -  3 Hours CE

Time *Arrive in Scrubs D-LAB 501 D.W. Brooks Dr. Athens, GA
  There will be no breaks during the lab.  Please eat and hydrate prior to your arrival.
8:45 Doris Miller   Review wet lab logistics
9:00-12:00

Drs. Miller, Sharma, Hawkins, Rissi

Morning Wet Lab Rotating through a variety of stations, participants will review case histories, palpate lesions, practice collecting samples, and review radiographs.
1:00-4:00 Drs. Miller, Sharma, Hawkins, Rissi Afternoon Wet Lab Rotating through a variety of stations, participants will review case histories, palpate lesions, practice collecting samples, and review radiographs.

Event Fees

Saturday Lectures Only (includes 6 CE hours & 2 hours of LEAP) $95
Saturday Lecture + Sunday Morning Lab - FULL  
Saturday Lecture + Sunday Afternoon Lab (Capacity: 25) $135.00
Saturday Lecture + Sunday Lab  includes 11 CE Hours  

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Doris Miller

speaker

Doris M. Miller, DVM, PhD , DACVP is a Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Associate Director of State Government Relations for the Athens and Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, Georgia. Dr. Miller received her DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia. She has been a board- certified veterinary pathologist at the University since 1981. She served as Director of the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from 1989 to 2007. At UGA she has taught various courses to undergraduate , veterinary, and graduate students. She began the Human/Animal Bond program at the University of Georgia in 1984, at a time when the idea was just beginning to gather an interest in the veterinary community. Miller’s interests include forensic pathology and reproductive pathology. Several years ago Dr. Miller helped initiate and teach an elective Veterinary Forensic Pathology course to sophomore veterinary students – only the second such course offered in the United States at the time. She also now teaches an undergraduate Freshmen Odyssey course – Forensic CSI. She has worked closely with local and state crime scene investigators, veterinarians, law enforcement agents, attorneys and animal cruelty investigators. Dr. Miller is a liaison between the College and other organizations such as the Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the CVM Alumni Association. She works closely with veterinarians and their legislators to improve communications and their relationship with the College and Diagnostic Laboratories to benefit their human and animal clients.




Ajay Sharma, BVSc&AH, MVSc, DVM, DACVR

speaker

Dr. Sharma earned his DVM from Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, graduating in 1991 and completed a Small Animal Internship at the Ontario Veterinary College from 1994-95. After the internship he went into private practice as an Emergency and Critical Care clinician from 1995-2006. During this time, he established four radioactive iodine therapy units, the first private facilities of this kind in Canada. Dr. Sharma started his residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Cornell University in 2006, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2009. He joined the faculty at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and taught there until 2011. Dr. Sharma joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2011 and currently holds the position of associate professor in diagnostic imaging. His primary professional interests are thoracic imaging, computed tomography and education.




Jessica Rock

speaker

Jessica Rock was a former Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit for DeKalb County. She graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Jessica received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Emory University School of Law in 2003. In 2004, she became Georgia’s first dedicated animal cruelty prosecutor. For over a decade, Jessica successfully prosecuted thousands of cases involving animal cruelty, homicide, domestic violence, elder abuse and child victim cases.
In 2014, she co-founded Animal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and animallawsource.org, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Training animal law professionals for over a decade, she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals involved with animals throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog, civil dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved. In addition to her speaking engagements, she also works diligently drafting laws related to animals in Georgia on both the State and local levels. She is the current Chair of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and on the executive board of the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals.




Claudine Wilkins

speaker

Claudine Wilkins began her career as a prosecutor after earning her Master of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School in 1997, and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1996. In 1998, she created an annual Animal Law Symposium currently hosted at the State Bar of Georgia. After prosecuting, she opened her own personal injury law firm and in 2004, she gained national attention in one of the largest verdicts in the nation in a landmark liquor liability case. In 2009, she founded the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, a mainstream section that offers resources to all Georgia attorneys. In 2014, she co-founded Animal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and animallawsource.org, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Her continuing efforts to draft legislation protecting children and animals resulted in the passage of many state and local laws. Having trained over 5,000 professionals, she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals involved with animals throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog, civil dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved.




Paula Krimer, DVM, DVSc, DACVP

speaker

Paula Krimer, DVM, DVSc, DACVP, is a clinical pathologist and associate professor at the AVDL. She obtained her DVM and DVSc degrees from the University of Guelph in 1996 and 2001, and became board certified in 2002. She is interested in diagnostic testing, hepatic diseases, and body cavity effusions including CSF and synovial fluid. She is also the Outreach Services Chief, addressing the needs of clients, improving communications with veterinarians and other stakeholders, and organizing continuing education events.




Jo Smith, MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM

speaker

Dr. Jo Smith received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge in 1997. After a year in private practice, she returned to Cambridge to complete a PhD in immunology. This was followed by internships at Davies White Veterinary Specialists, UK, and Purdue University, before her residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Tennessee. She became board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2007 and joined the University of Georgia in 2008. Her interests include immunology and teaching, especially all aspects related to professional skills.




Contact Information

Contact: Melissa Kilpatrick
Email: melissak@uga.edu
Phone:

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Travel Information

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens.  Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens.  For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit http://athens.groometransportation.com/.

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433  GROUP CODE: VFP
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122 
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381  Block Code  90351
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

*Registration fee includes: continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, and instructional materials.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

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