Colorado Animal Welfare Conference Session

Differentiating Between Geriatric Pets and Neglect

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10:45am – 12:15pm • Day 2 September 21, 2023

Northwest Territories A-B

Field Services

As animals age, degenerative changes can cause weight loss, lameness, and other clinical signs that can mimic signs of neglect.  This lecture will detail common old age signs, common signs of neglect, and their similarities and differences.

Recognizing Non-Accidental Injury in the Field

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1:30 – 3:15pm • Day 2 September 21, 2023

Northwest Territories A-B

Field Services

Non-accidental injury, or NAI, is the result of intentional physical violence committed against pets by humans.  Prompt recognition of NAI is crucial in the protection of animal as well as human welfare.  This lecture will focus on common signs of NAI, how to distinguish them from other types of trauma, and appropriate next steps. 

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Dr. Claire Vaiden

Dr. Vaiden works as the veterinarian for the Bureau of Animal Protection within the Colorado Department of Agriculture. She works with her team across the state investigating allegations of animal cruelty and neglect. She completed a graduate certification in veterinary forensics in 2021.