Register by June 29

Program for July 13

The Evolving Ecosystem of Animal Care

1:45 – 2:45 PM

Trends in Outcomes and Shifts in Tactics at Animal Welfare Organizations

Roger Haston, PhD

In his landmark presentation “Beyond Labels: The True Impact of Live Release Rate and Intake Policies” (available here) Dr. Haston provided an in-depth view of metrics of shelter operations and a systemic view of the effects of intake and euthanasia policies on community outcomes. His VMAE presentation will summarize these concepts and explore data that highlight key trends in animal welfare and develop a vision for the future. In this session you will learn:

  • A brief history and the philosophical grounding principles of animal welfare
  • Examine nationwide data to explore key trends
  • A vision of the opportunities and challenges animal welfare will face in the future

2:45 – 3:00 PM

Marginalized Communities: Access to Veterinary Care and Expanded Market Potential

David Haworth, DVM

During the past several decades, veterinary practices have focused on providing services to communities in the upper two quartiles of household income, which is understandable from the perspective of a small business. However, this trend has left a tremendous number of pets (and their families) without reasonable access to veterinary care. In this presentation, Dr. Haworth will make the case that this population of pets represents a tremendous opportunity for the veterinary profession; one too big – and too important – to ignore any longer. While there are practice models that provide low-cost or subsidized care, their current capacity does not nearly meet the demand for their services. Since the long-term solution to access requires free-market leadership, this call to action is to develop business models that provide core veterinary services to marginalized populations at a sustainable price. Solving for this access may in fact solve several of the other macro problems facing the veterinary profession.

3:00 – 3:15 PM


3:15 – 4:30 PM

Access to Veterinary Care, A Major National Crisis. The Case for A One Health Veterinary Care System Through AlignCare™

Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.)

The lack of access to veterinary care is a complex societal problem with multiple causes but primarily associated with low socio-economic status. Simply stated, millions of pets do not receive adequate veterinary care because the costs are beyond the family’s ability to pay. We can manage our way out of this problem by making evidence-based decisions with a family-centric approach. Aligncare™ is a conceptual model of managed One Health veterinary care involving social services, public health, and veterinary medicine professionals, and communities working collaboratively to provide a comprehensive approach to reaching underserved families.

4:30 – 5:00 PM

The SAWA | VMAE Collaboration Summit: Our Road Ahead

Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA
Ralph Johnson

Dr. Weitzman, president of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), and Ralph, CEO of VMAE, will provide an overview of the Summit held in March and discuss points of agreement reached, outcomes generated through dialog, and plans for the organizations to work more closely together.