The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is planning and calling for abstract submissions for its Animal Welfare Symposium 2014, titled “Huma​ne Endings - In Search of Best Practices for Euthanasia, Humane Slaughter and the Depopulation of Animals.”  The symposium will take place on November 2 to 5, 2014, at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois.

This symposium will take a comprehensive look at existing best practices for euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation across animal species, while exploring research and innovation in the name of continuous improvement. A by-invitation half-day workshop focused on international harmonization of recommendations will follow the 2.5-day event.​

The AVMA invites submission of abstracts for review for presentations and posters to be delivered at the symposium. Abstracts should clearly relate to euthanasia, humane slaughter or depopulation, or the harmonization of voluntary guidance and regulations for these activities. Examples of submissions of interest include recent research findings; reviews of research in a defined area; discussions of voluntary or regulatory oversight; and efforts or methods for harmonizing recommendations, nationally and internationally.

Registration for the symposium will open on August 15, 2014. More information, submission instructions and registration are available online from AVMA