Snowflake_logoJanuary 14, 2017

LilyWorks Conference Center
505 Northview Road, Waukesha WI



HAWS’ Behavior Department is pleased to present the 6th Annual Winter Symposium, an educational experience focusing on alternative approaches to companion animal care, management and training.

This year’s event will feature Sue Howell, DVM.


Bone Broth for Pets & Their People  —  Sue Howell, DVM

avhma_logoBroth made from bones is part of a nourishing tradition that has been around for centuries. Functional foods like bone broth are becoming more popular as current research in the area of human and pet nutrition points to the health benefits of eating a diet based in whole, minimally processed foods. Both people and pets can benefit from bone broth’s healing properties.

This session is a follow up to last year’s discussion on food therapy and digestive health in pets, and will be a hands-on learning experience that will show you how to successfully make your own bone broth at home.  Dr. Sue Howell will give an overview of the many body systems that bone broth supports. She will walk you through a basic step-by-step recipe and discuss the benefit and energetics of each ingresuehowell_picdient, ingredients to avoid, how to choose ingredients that best support your individual pet, and give instructions on how to utilize broths to optimize the health of both you and your pets. Dr. Howell’s lecture is co-sponsored by AHVMA.

Dr. Sue Howell has 19 years of practice experience in small animal veterinary medicine and has been integrating whole food nutritional supplements into her practice protocols for over 10 years.  As a part of the veterinary technical support team at Standard Process, she educates veterinary health care professionals on the benefits of whole food nutrition, assists with technical support questions and presents lectures nationally. Dr. Howell earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., in 1988. She graduated in 1997 with her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Dr. Howell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition.


Canine Immunity and Infectious Disease; Is This Dog Protected?  —  Laurie Larson, DVM

Over the most recent decade the veterinary profession has undergone a paradigm shift in our approach to canine vaccination.  We have gone from a standard dogma of vaccinating our dogs for everything every year to a more balanced approach of analyzing risks and benefits of vaccines for each canine individual.  Protecting our canine companions from infectious diseases is paramount, but at the same time we wish to avoid the unnecessary medical procedure of administering a vaccine to an already immune dog.  In this talk, we will discuss types of vaccines, how they work, and current canine vaccine recommendations. We will also cover the use of antibody testing as a powerful evidence –based tool to determine protection from diseases.  We will describe different types of tests and how to understand results.  Once we have covered the basics, we will work through some real world scenarios to help you understand how antibody testing can empower you make the best informed decisions regarding vaccination for your dogs, from pudgy puppies to senior citizens!laurielarson_pic

Dr. Laurie Larson graduated from Iowa State University School of Veterinary Medicine and spent 5 years in small animal private practice. She then joined the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Schultz and has spent the last 25 years studying canine and feline immune responses to vaccination and disease.  She enjoys working with humane shelters, pet owners, dog breeders, veterinarians and students.  Helping dogs and cats and the people who love them is her passion.  She lives in Madison, WI with her grown children, cats, Labrador Retriever, extensive gardens, and until recently, backyard chickens and several hives of honeybees.


The Behavior Consultation: Intake — Claudeen McAuliffe, Ph.D., M.Ed., CDBC

What happens in the first meeting with an animal behavior consultant?  How does it start?  What happens in the middle? The end?  What is the outcome, and is there any preparation after the appointment is made, and before the client meets with the consultant?  Perhaps most importantly, what provisions are provided for continuing intervention that eventually solves or manages the problem behaviors?  This presentation will be a real-time intake session with a new client challenged by a dog with behavior issues.

claudeenmcauliffe_picIn 2010, Claudeen Mc Auliffe, Ph.D., M.Ed., CDBC, started the Behavior Department at HAWS.  During her six years of managing the department, she created and developed a variety of innovative programs which have enhanced HAWS mission as a leader in animal welfare while providing additional options for animals in need of sanctuary.  Major initiatives include for-credit internship opportunities for college students interested in animal behavior careers, community dog training classes, and the trademarked Mod Squad™ program which has saved over 1000 dogs through targeted enrichment and training.  While she has stepped down from her managerial role, she continues her work in the Behavior Department as a teacher, mentor, and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC/IAABC). 


HAWS | Animal Shelter | Waukesha, WI

Snowflake_logoAdvance registration: $89.
Includes workbook, lunch and refreshments.

AHVMA – 1.5 CEU (WI & IL)
IAABC – 5.75 CEUs
CCPDT – 4 CEUs Trainers; 1 CEU Behavior Consultants

We hope that you will join us for this exciting event!

For further details and questions, please contact 262-542-8851, x204 or [email protected].


Online Registration Form

HAWS’ Behavior Department thanks the following for their co-sponsorship of this event!

End of the Leash – Mukwonago and Pewaukee, WI
Fresh is Best Natural Pet Food – Milwaukee, WI
Sue Howell, DVM/Standard Process, Inc. – Palmyra, WI
Laurie Larson, DVM/School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Bark ‘n’ Scratch Outpost – Milwaukee, WI

All proceeds from the Winter Symposium benefit HAWS’ Behavior Department.



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