Temple Grandin Headlines AVMA Humane Endings Symposium

Dr. Temple Grandin will present A Practical Guide to Determining Insensibility of Livestock and Poultry at the Slaughter Plant. ( Colorado State University )

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is hosting a symposium for experts in the methods of euthanasia, slaughter and depopulation across species November 2-4 in Rosemont, Ill.

At the 2018 Humane Endings Symposium, attendees will get a first look at the highly anticipated AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals and an upcoming 2019 interim update to the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. Temple Grandin, the prominent animal scientist and widely cited proponent for the humane treatment of livestock, will present A Practical Guide to Determining Insensibility of Livestock and Poultry at the Slaughter Plant.

“This is a must-attend event for anyone involved with end-of-life decision making for animals,” said Dr. John de Jong, AVMA president. “Veterinarians, government employees, facility directors and representatives of animal-based industries and humane societies have the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge base and conversation that shapes the AVMA guidance on euthanasia. Humanely ending the lives of animals, whether through euthanasia, humane slaughter or depopulation, is one of the most difficult, but necessary, tasks for veterinarians to oversee.”

Attendees and experts from around the country will discuss the process of making difficult decisions in challenging times. Breakout sessions include: Laboratory Animals and Aquatics; Companion Animal and Equids; Wildlife and Zoo; and Livestock and Poultry. Highlights from these sessions include:

Companion Animal Practice

  • Euthanasia and treatment decisions for companion animals affected by natural disasters
  • Psychological impacts of euthanasia on you and your staff
  • The importance of a compassion fatigue support program for your facility


  • Advances in humane fish killing
  • Fish: pain, sentience and euthanasia
  • Depopulation of fish

Responses to recent disasters

  • Hurricanes
  • Earthquakes
  • Superstorms

The Humane Endings Symposium is also under approval for 15 hours of CE credit. For a complete list of speakers, or to register and reserve a room, click here.