Conference Program

The 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is set to take place at the Hyatt Regency Calgary April 22-23, 2018. Please note that online registration is now closed.

Remember to join us at our 2018 Animal Welfare Leadership and Innovation Awards Dinner on Sunday April 22! Go here to learn more.

Explore our conference sessions and activities by clicking on the day-by-day schedules. You can also download the full schedule by clicking the download button below.


NEW: We're offering continuing education credits this year!

The 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference is approved for 14 hours of Alberta Veterinary Medical Association continuing education credits for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists who are ABVMA members. Please contact after the conference to request your certificate of attendance to submit to the ABVMA.

Attendance at the 2018 CFHS National Animal Welfare Conference has been pre-approved for continuing education credits toward re-certification as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) through the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA). CAWA certificants can claim credits for attending this conference in the CAWA Certification Portal under "Pre-Approved Continuing Education".

We explore many different topics at the NAWC conference, including:

  • Animal welfare initiatives
  • Applied animal welfare science
  • Best practices in animal sheltering
  • Leadership practices and initiatives in animal welfare
  • Animal welfare community engagement
  • Animals in research
  • Wildlife welfare
  • Farm animal welfare
  • Animal welfare standards, guidelines and certification
  • Animal welfare advocacy
  • Humane education