About

Explore the animal-human relationship

This two-day event was created by Research Services and Ethics Office (RSEO), Office of the Vice-President Research at the University of Saskatchewan to connect with communities by offering a free public outreach event to bring different viewpoints of the animal-human relationship from acknowledged experts into the discussion about the ethics of animal use in research and teaching.

Additionally, a Three Rs and Animal Research Trainee Symposium will provide researchers of tomorrow (Post-Doctoral Fellows, graduate and undergraduate students) an opportunity to share, through oral or poster presentation, their progress made towards the Three Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in animal research.

Friday, October 18, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Everyone is welcome

Public citizens, faculty, students, and University staff are invited to take part in any or all of the sessions that comprise this two-day exploration of the animal-human relationship.

It is free to attend the events; however, registration is required because space is limited.

Please join RSEO, in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, at this exciting forum where international speakers and USask researchers from multiple disciplines will share their unique perspectives and provide the opportunity to discover alternative ways of knowing the animal-human relationship.

Up to 12.5 continuing education (CE) credits are available from the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) for attending Animal-Human Relationship events:

  • 5 CE for attending Three Rs & Animal Research;
  • 1.5 CE for attending New Therapies & Diabetes Research; and
  • 6 CE for attending Ways of Knowing and Understanding the Animal-Human Relationship

 

See the schedule for dates and presentation details.

Featured speakers

Dr. Melanie L. Graham (MPH, PhD)
Dr. Melanie L. Graham (MPH, PhD)

Dr. Melanie L. Graham (MPH, PhD)

Preclinical Research Center, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, USA

Dr. Graham is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Veterinary Population Medicine and Director of the Preclinical Research Center (PCRC) at the University of Minnesota, where she holds the Robert and Katherine Goodale Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery. She earned her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and her PhD from Utrecht University.

Her research is centered on the development of cell-based therapies for the treatment of diabetes, specifically extrahepatic delivery of islets. Dr. Graham is also widely recognized for her expertise in the characterization and refinement of animal models of chronic disease to enhance translation to the clinic. This work proved pivotal to the first demonstration of successful long-term diabetes reversal after adult pig islet xenotransplant in nonhuman primates.

Dr. Graham serves on the Board of Directors for the North American 3Rs Consortium and Academy of Surgical Research. She participates in the NIAID Nonhuman Primate Transplantation Tolerance Cooperative and NIAID Immunobiology of Xenotransplantation Cooperative Research Program. Her research is supported by the State of Minnesota, JDRF, and NIH.

Dr. Graham will be presenting at both of the Friday, October 18 events and at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.

Wendy Jarrett

Wendy Jarrett

Chief Executive, Understanding Animal Research, London, UK

Wendy Jarrett studied Classics at University but has focused on science and health communication for most of the past 30 years. Her work has included awareness programmes on the risk factors for heart disease, male cancers and a campaign to persuade the UK food industry to reduce the amount of salt added to products. She is a trustee of the Blood Pressure Research Trust.

In 2004 Wendy joined the Coalition for Medical Progress (CMP), launching the People’s Petition in support of animal research, creating an image and video library of research animals and encouraging institutions to allow access to news cameras. She led on the merger of CMP with the Research Defence Society to create Understanding Animal Research.  

In late 2009 Wendy moved to the UK’s National Institute for Heath and Clinical Excellence to introduce a more open approach to media relations, returning to UAR in November 2012. She led the development of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research, as well as setting up the European Animal Research Association (EARA). Wendy sits on the UK’s Animals in Science Committee and the Board of EARA. She is also a Vice President of the Institute for Animal Technology.

Wendy Jarrett will be presenting at "Three Rs of Animal Research" on Friday, October 18 and at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.

Dr. Gilly Griffin (PhD)

Dr. Gilly Griffin (PhD)

Director of Standards, Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

Dr. Griffin trained as a physiologist in the UK and has a background in both biomedical and agricultural research, the common link being the study of insulin and related hormones. She has also spent many years working to further the concept of the Three Rs: as a research scientist; as managing editor of ATLA, the peer-review journal published by the UK-based Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments; and as Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animals in Research.

Dr. Griffin now heads the Standards and Maintenance team of the CCAC, where she continues to develop guidelines, champion the principles of the Three Rs, and foster national and international collaborations to improve the ethics and care of animals in science.

Dr. Griffin will be presenting at "Three Rs of Animal Research" on Friday, October 18 and at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.

Additional speakers

Amelia Badger

Tânsi aaniin Osawiskaw-pinasik nitisiyihkâson niya, Amelia Badger nitisiyihkâson èkwa, Kawacatoose First Nation ohci, Nèhiyawèwin, Nahkawiyiniw niya. Amelia Badger, Blue Bird Women, is from the Kawacatoose First Nation Treaty 4 Territory. Amelia is Plains Cree and Saulteaux. She holds a Bachelor Degree of Indigenous Education from the First Nations University of Canada and a Masters Degree of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently a high school teacher at Asiniw-Kisik Education Campus on the Kawacatoose First Nation.

Amelia grew up in the outdoors and spent a great part of her life outside. She learned from the land and a lot of her understandings came from life on the land. Life is full of learning opportunities. this world has so much to offer. There is knowledge to gain and knowledge to teach on the land. Amelia tries her best as a teacher to have her students learn outdoors as much as possible. The foundation of her life teachings is built on Indigenous perspective and the connection to the land. Learning from Elders has been one of her greatest life experiences. Their knowledge has helped her throughout her life. Amelia owes it to her ancestors generations before her to share the knowledge, traditions, and oral histories of First Nation people. The whole reason why Amelia went into the field of education was so that she could share and engage in the knowledge of Indigenous people within an academic setting.

Kinanâskomitin, ki-chi-meegwtch, thank you.

Amelia Badger will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. M.J. Barrett (PhD)

Dr. Barrett’s interdisciplinary scholarship combines intuition and intellect in teaching, research and human-animal relations. Specifically, her research examines how expanding ways of knowing can contribute to research and enhanced relations with those who are “more-than-human.” She is currently leading a nationally-funded (SSHRC) research project that examines the contributions of intuitive interspecies communication to bridging the human-nature divide. Her current and previous research lays critical theoretical and practical groundwork for transformative sustainability learning and research methods that take seriously the agency of the natural world.

Dr. Barrett’s more recent collaborative research with Indigenous knowledge keepers led to development of an animal-human relationship and communication workshop model that supports the sharing, (re)learning and remembering of human-animal connections and intuitive/spiritual forms of communication. Dr. Barrett has also led a 5-year study which identified a critical set of trans-disciplinary leadership skill-sets where educational scaffolding is necessary for successful One Health programming. This recently published work addresses a question that has plagued much One Health and Sustainability curriculum design: Why is it that skilled scholars coming together with great skills and good intentions often fall short of reaching intended learning outcomes? Dr. Barrett is an assistant professor in the graduate School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan. She has degrees from Harvard University (A.B), York (M.E.S.), Queen’s (B.Ed.) and University of Regina (PhD).

Dr. M.J. Barrett (PhD) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Anne-Louise Blaikie

Anne-Louise Blaikie, National Director of Community Engagement, JDRF Canada

As a Community Engagement professional she is focused on breaking the barrier of isolation for those living with and close to the T1D community. At JDRF she works with staff, volunteers and individuals across Canada to provide a sense of empowerment and connection. Their goal is to connect the T1D community through resources, volunteers, other T1D families, social gatherings and opportunities to take action through events, fundraising, and advocacy.

Anne-Louise Blaikie will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.

Dr. Campanucci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). She is originally from Argentina, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires. She then moved to Canada and obtained her PhD degree in neuroscience from McMaster University.

In March 2009, after two postdoctoral positions at McGill University and The Hospital for Sick Children, she joined the Department of Physiology at USask. Dr. Campanucci has established a diabetes research laboratory at the College of Medicine, where she studies the effects of diabetes on the nervous system. Her contributions to the field include understanding the cellular mechanisms involved in the progression of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and in the link between diabetes and cognitive decline.

Currently, Dr. Campanucci is also focusing on those complications of the diseases in the context of prediabetes.

Dr. Veronica Campanucci (PhD) will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.
Dr. Ardra Cole (PhD)

Dr. Ardra Cole is Professor, Graduate Studies in Lifelong Learning at Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia. Her program of research about caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease was foundational to the establishment of ElderDog Canada–a national charity dedicated to supporting the connection between older adults and their dogs.

In 2015, the Urban Animal Foundation awarded Ardra an Innovation Award for her work in creating ElderDog. Her work has received national attention through radio, TV, and print media. In her recently completed research, Grow Old Along with Me, she explored the in-depth meaning of dogs in seniors’ lives.

Currently, she is working with a long term care facility to explore the role of canines in continuing care. Ardra has published extensively in both academic and non-academic venues and continues to work tirelessly in the service of social change through both her university and community work.

Dr. Ardra Cole (PhD) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Colleen Dell

Colleen Anne Dell is a Professor & Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.

Grounded in a community-based participatory approach, her research focuses on healing from addictions and mental health, with specific attention to Indigenous populations and animal assisted interventions (ranging from canine assisted therapy through to service dog interventions).

She has two registered therapy dogs and is training a third who, alongside community and academic partners, are involved in various projects with Colleen and her team examining how animals benefit human wellness. These projects include federal prisoners, university students, seniors, addictions treatment clients, war veterans and youth. Colleen has worked extensively at the community and national levels, including with the Elizabeth Fry Society, Correctional Service Canada, and the Senate of Canada.

Underlying Colleen’s work is a belief in bringing together different ways of knowing. Her commitment to facilitating understanding is recognized in the production of a variety of unique knowledge mobilization products from her funded studies, including music videos and paintings.

In 2017, Colleen was named to the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, a part of the Canadian Honours System, in recognition of her humanitarian research and community service in the animal assisted intervention field. Much of this work was done in partnership with Subie, a 10 year old boxer dog, who passed in June, 2019.

You can follow her therapy dogs on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaBelleSubiesAdventures/

Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Norman Fleury

Norman Fleury is a proud Michif who was raised in St. Lazare, Manitoba. Since 1989 he has lived on a farm near Virden, Manitoba, with his wife Ruth Ann and their children, Chantelle and Marc. He now has a home in Saskatoon as well as he is a special lecturer with the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Norman was greatly influenced by his mother, Flora Leclerc, who was widowed and raised her nine children alone through small-scale farming and other harvesting activities that helped her provide for her family. She lived to 108 years of age, giving her a long time to pass her language and cultural traditions to her son. Norman’s grandparents, John-Baptiste Leclerc and Flora Lepine, also contributed to his rich command of Michif, the language of his ancestors. Norman’s aptitude for languages has him at ease in English, French, Cree, Saulteaux, and Dakota, any of which he can call upon as needed. Tireless in the promotion and preservation of Michif, Norman has worked extensively with the across the Métis Nation creating Michif learning resources in numerous formats including dictionaries, books, apps and CDs. He enriches his community with community-based Michif classes, and cultural teachings centred on Michif worldview, stories, and language.

Norman Fleury will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Viktoria Hinz

Viktoria Hinz is a PhD candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her degrees in Environmental Safety as well as Biodiversity and Nature Conservation in Germany and has gained diverse internship and RA work experiences in the environmental field, including: forestry research, environmental governance, conservation research, and applied nature conservation, including habitat management, wildlife monitoring, and environmental education. Her work and research is rooted in a passionate interest for pathways towards relational environmental management in collaboration with wildlife and nature as opposed to management of an objectified nature.

Hinz doctoral research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and follows an internationally growing group of individuals who regularly engage in the private and professional practice of Intuitive Interspecies Communication (IIC), or animal communication, in popular terms. Her descriptive study focuses on the lived experience of what these animal communicators usually describe as an immediate connection and dialogical two-way communication between hearts, souls, minds and bodies of humans and animals, that does not rely on visual or auditory cues and can occur over great distances. Even though the phenomenon is currently under-researched, applications already exist in veterinary care, animal-assisted therapy as well as wildlife conservation and rehabilitation.

Looking ahead, Hinz is interested in the implications of gaining a deeper and comprehensive scientific understanding of Intuitive Interspecies Communication for opening new dialogical spaces with respect to anthropocentrism, human-animal relations, research methods and ethics, applied environmental management, and the representation of animal voices.

Viktoria Hinz will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Emily Jenkins (DVM, PhD)

Dr Emily Jenkins (PhD, DVM, BSc Honours Zoology) is currently Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and previously served as Wildlife Disease Specialist for the Government of Canada.

She teaches veterinary parasitology, public health, and One Health to veterinary and graduate students. Her research takes a One Health approach to diseases that transmit among animals and people via food, water, vectors, and the environment in the Canadian North.

She is currently Canadian representative to the Terrestrial Working Group of the International Arctic Scientific Committee.

Dr. Emily Jenkins (DVM, PhD) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings (PhD, Ed.M.)

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD, Ed.M., (Choctaw Nation) Canada Research Chair for Indigenous Community Engaged Research, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, license eligible Clinical Health Psychologist.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings specializes in Indigenous community engaged, water and land-based healing interventions that seek to lower chronic disease prevention (e.g., diabetes and cancer) and addictions (i.e., food addiction and substance use). She has co-developed with Indigenous partners water and land-based health interventions to increase health efficacy, cultural identity, and transform stress narratives into ones of healing, while developing a health framework.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings has been selected as a USask global ambassador fellow, Fulbright fellow, health leader by Harvard University Leadership Institute, UW-Madison Health Equity Leadership Institute and the National Institute of Health (NIH), American Indian Network Committee, NIH National Institute for Diabetes Digestive and Kidney/National Congress of American Indians Diabetes Fellow.

She is also the mother to four amazing children.

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings (PhD, Ed.M.) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Saija Kontulainen (PhD)

Saija Kontulainen PhD, is a Professor at the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan. She received her training in exercise physiology and biomechanics in the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. She completed her PhD research in the UKK institute for health promotion in Tampere, Finland and PDF in Orthopedics, UBC, Canada. Since Dec/2006, she has been working in UofS and established a collaborative, patient-oriented (CIHR, SHRF and RUHF –funded) research program focusing on the role of physical activity in bone fragility and fracture prevention across the lifespan in individuals at risk of fracture. Her NSERC-funded research program supports these clinical studies by validating advanced-imaging based estimates of bone strength.

Dr. Saija Kontulainen (PhD) will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.

Michele Moroz is a registered veterinary technologist and is certified as a registered master laboratory animal technician by the Canadian Association of Laboratory Animal Science. She has been working in research at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) since 1994 and has been a facility manager since 2010.

The Animal Care Services team provides an optimum level of animal care to various species of animals used in research, teaching, and outreach at USask. It also provide additional expertise in the provision of support, technical services, compliance and guidance to researchers. The team consists of Michele, Peggy Nelles (RVT, RMLAT), Carmen Whitehead (RVT, RLAT), Shawna Sawatsky (RVT, RLAT), Nadine Zabder (MSC, RLAT), Elisabeth Berg (BSc), and Daphne Stumborg (RVT), and has a combined total of 93 years of service dedicated to the care of research animals.

Michele Moroz will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Diego Moya (DVM, PhD)

After completing his Degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Dr. Diego Moya obtained his MSc and PhD working on feed additives and different management strategies as alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters in order to optimize rumen fermentation and to reduce the incidence of digestive upsets. He then moved to Lethbirdge (Alberta) where he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Beef Welfare and Behaviour Unit of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He worked on the use of feeding behavior pattern recognition techniques for early detection of morbidity, the development of novel methods to measure chronic stress in beef cattle, the assessment of the effects of age and handling on welfare of livestock undergoing routine management procedures, and the use of tri-axial accelerometers to measure animal behaviors related to pain and discomfort.

More recently, as an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow in Animal Sciences at Aberystwyth University, his research interest has included the study of animal behavior, physiology and metabolism to understand the interaction of ruminant animals with the immediate environment, as well as to explore the potential of the gut-microbiome-brain axis regulation in farm animal health, welfare and productivity.

Since January 2018, Dr. Moya has been back in Canada as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences of the WCVM. His area of interest includes the study of animal behaviour, physiology and metabolism to optimize the balance between animal welfare, health and productivity. The unifying thread is the use of animal behaviour as the main phenotypic trait to assess nutritional and management strategies, such as the impact of novel foods/additives, the long-term effects of early-life cow-calf management, or the use of precision farming technologies to measure and manage yield variability at the individual level.

Dr. Diego Moya (DVM, PhD) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Joseph Neapetung

Joseph Neapetung is an Indigenous M.Sc. student in the Physiology program at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Dr. Veronica Campanucci (PhD). Joseph is Saulteaux from Yellow Quill First Nation and recently completed his B.Sc. Honours in Physiology.

Joseph’s current research involves the molecular effects of hyperglycemia on the nervous system and how it contributes to peripheral neuropathy, a painful condition that arises from diabetes.

In addition to Joseph’s research, he is also interested in teaching, science outreach and communication, and animal welfare from an Indigenous viewpoint.

Joseph Neapetung will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.
Dr. Munier Nour (MD)

Dr. Nour is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the head of the division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes program in Saskatoon. He completed his medical training at the University of Calgary and subsequently trained within Pediatrics at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, in Calgary. He has also jointly completed his MSc in Medical sciences and the Royal College Clinician Investigator Program training at the University of Calgary. Dr. Nour’s research interests include pediatric bone health, pediatric osteoporosis, bone imaging, and diabetes.

Dr. Munier Nour (MD) will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.
Faith Rowland

Faith Rowland is an alumna of the University of Saskatchewan where she majored in Psychology and Saskatchewan Polytechnic where she majored in Business Administration. She has spent her career in the not-for-profit sector with a focus on member services, special event management, foundation giving and corporate/major gifts.

Faith joined Diabetes Canada 14 years ago, after witnessing the devastation of diabetes complications in her mother’s life. With a passionate desire to end diabetes, she works as the account manager, community development for Diabetes Canada in Saskatchewan. The many advances in diabetes management and treatment are invigorating and fuel the belief that we will, with concentrated effort and creative partnerships, stop the growing epidemic of diabetes and one day end diabetes.

Faith Rowland will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.
Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner (PhD)
Karen grew up on a small hog farm near Herbert, Saskatchewan. She completed her B.Sc. (thesis – equine behaviour), M.Sc. (Alternative Housing Systems for Laying Hens) and her PhD (Impact of Daylength on Broiler Production and Welfare) at the University of Saskatchewan. During the time of and after completing her Ph.D., she managed the University of Saskatchewan Poultry Research and Teaching Centre, giving her considerable experience in the production aspects of poultry production. She is also heavily involved in teaching poultry sciences, including production and management, but also behaviour and welfare of poultry and other livestock species.
Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner (PhD) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Elizabeth Snead (DVM)

Dr. Snead received her undergraduate training at the University of Calgary (BSc in Zoology) followed by her DVM degree at the WCVM at the University of Saskatchewan (1999). After this she went on to complete a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship in a busy private referral hospital in Arizona (1999-2000) followed by a Residency in Internal Medicine and MSc research project on canine diabetes at the University of Prince Edward Island (2000-2003).

After completing her residency, she returned to the WCVM where she a currently a Full Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and is serving as the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Snead is active in teaching undergraduates and graduate students in the area of small animal internal medicine, particularly in the areas of nephrology and endocrinology. Diabetes mellitus, particularly in cats, is a major area of research focus for Dr. Snead.

Dr. Elizabeth Snead (DVM) will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.
Dr. Shelley Spurr (PhD)

Dr. Shelley Spurr: Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Dr. Spurr is a Registered Nurse with a MBA and PhD from the College of Education, Department of Education Administration. She has over 20 years nursing experience working in a variety of settings including acute care, home care, and public health. She began her career in nursing education as a part-time pediatric clinical teacher in 1998. In 2005, she began working full time in a tenure track position with the College of Nursing.

Dr. Spurr’s research is focused on the promotion of adolescent wellness and Interprofessional Education (IPE), and emphasizes specifically the provision of holistic care including promotion oral health, physical activity and healthy body weights. Most recently, her research has included developing prevention strategies and culturally safe participant-centered approaches to screen for risk of prediabetes and T2D in Indigenous adolescents. With funding from the Retina Foundation of Canada (RFC), she was able to investigate the use of remote presence for the detection of retinopathy in Indigenous adolescents at risk for T2D, and measure prevalence rates and risk factors of prediabetes and T2D in three northern and predominantly Indigenous communities. A recent qualitative study included exploring adolescents’ and parents’ perceptions of how to prevent T2D.

One career highlight includes leading the development of a program titled “The Caring for Kids Where They Live.” This interprofessional pediatric clinical learning environment involves bringing together students from the colleges of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, and Kinesiology in order to build capacity and improve the standard of pediatric care.

Dr. Shelley Spurr (PhD) will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.
WCVM Animal Care Unit

Monique Burmester, RVT, RMLAT; Director

The Animal Care Unit (ACU) is located in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and they house many different species of animals used in research and teaching. Monique has been with ACU for 27 years, starting as a technician on the floor and now as director of the facility. Her passion has always been about animal welfare which makes her job both challenging and rewarding.

Julia Dereniwsky, ACU Animal Technician

Julia was raised in Kimberley, BC. After high school, she went to Corpus Christi, TX on an athletic scholarship to study Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She moved to Saskatoon after finishing her degree in the spring of 2018. Julia has been working at ACU for the past year and a half; gaining more experience and practical skills to help her reach her goal of attending the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Stephanie Fehr, ACU Technical Assistant

Stephanie moved from Abbotsford, BC to Dalmeny, Saskatchewan in 2003. Her parents initially ran a chicken farm and are now currently raising a bison herd. All of her life, Stephanie has had interactions with animals—whether they are the pets of the family or the animals on the farm. She has been working at the Animal Care Unit for only a few short months and she loves every aspect. In her spare time, Stephanie milks cows for a local farmer nearby and spoils her two pugs.

Zoe Henrikson, ACU Animal Technician

Though Zoe grew up in the city, her family has farmed cattle in Southern Saskatchewan for multiple generations. She has always loved all animals, and enjoys her time with the cows and horses on the farm as much as her cats and dogs at home. Zoe also has a few aquariums for slimy and scaly critters—fish, a lizard, and an axolotl. Zoe attained her MSc in Animal Science a couple of years ago, and has been enjoying her time at the ACU working with many different species and researchers since then.

Sally Mitchell (Severson), ACU Animal Technician

Sally has always had a passion for animals. Growing up, she was always surrounded by animals: cows, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, and more. After high school, she worked at the Saskatoon SPCA for six years while completing her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Science. Sally has now worked at the Animal Care Unit for two years and loves the variety of animals.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Care Unit will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
Dr. Jordan Woodsworth (DVM)

Jordan Woodsworth, DVM, Clinical Associate, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Jordan Woodsworth is a general veterinary practitioner and part of the Wellness and Preventive Medicine team at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Centre. She is a 2008 graduate of the WCVM and joined the staff of the VMC in 2012 to start the Wellness and Service Learning programs. Jordan’s diverse professional interests include community engagement and social accountability in the veterinary profession, clinical communications, and elevating the quality and perception of well care for cats and dogs.

Jordan’s work in Northern Saskatchewan is an area of true passion, and she strives to use her role as a veterinary educator to provide opportunities for veterinary learners and practitioners to develop culturally safe approaches to clinical practice. Her personal interests include lake time with her husband and two kids, travelling and enjoying nature, and eating and cooking amazing food.

Dr. Jordan Woodsworth (DVM) will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.

Registration

Registration links are located below the schedule for each separate event.

Schedule

Three Rs & Animal Research

Day 1 | Friday, October 18, 2019 | 8:30 am to 5 pm
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East – University | 1838 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK

Attend a morning trainee symposium providing researchers of tomorrow (Post-Doctoral Fellows, graduate and undergraduate students) an opportunity to share, through oral or poster presentation, their progress made towards the Three Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in animal research.

Registration also includes a networking lunch (from 12 pm to 2 pm) for trainees and attendees.

In the afternoon (from 2 pm to 5 pm), three keynote speakers — Dr. Melanie Graham (MPH, PhD), Ms. Wendy Jarrett and Dr. Gilly Griffin (PhD) — will provide presentations focused on the importance of the Three Rs and Transparency for Animal Research.

The event will conclude with an engaging panel discussion and awards presentation for trainees from the morning symposium.

Registration links for attendees and symposium participants are located below the schedule.

Schedule

7:30 am Trainee poster set-up and attendee registration
8:30 am

Welcome and Greetings from University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dr. Irena Creed (PhD)
Associate Vice-President Research, Office of the Vice-President Research

Dr. Steven Jones (PhD)
Associate Provost Health, USask Health Sciences

Dr. Susan Blum (PhD)
Associate Vice-President Research and Innovation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dr. Jane Alcorn (DVM, PhD)
UACC Chair and Dean, Pharmacy and Nutrition

8:50 am

Trainee Symposium
Oral and Poster Presentations from postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students

Use of vertebrate animals in biomedical sciences

Animal research knowledge mobilization

Break

Poster presentations by trainees

Oral Presentations by Trainees

Three Rs research

11:55 am

Additional Presentation

Dr. Sylvie Nguedem Fonkwo (PhD)
Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Bamenda, Bamenda, Cameroon
Challenges enforcing research ethic in the use of animals during research in Cameroon

12:20 pm Networking Lunch
1:30 pm

Welcome and Greetings from University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (PhD, PAg)
Associate Dean, Research and Grad Studies, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Dr. Susan Blum (PhD)
Associate Vice-President Research and Innovation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dr. Jane Alcorn (DVM, PhD)
UACC Chair and Dean, Pharmacy and Nutrition

1:45 pm

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Melanie Graham (MPH, PhD)
Prioritizing the Three Rs strengthens translation and improves animal well-being

Ms. Wendy Jarrett
Why and how should we talk to the public about animal research? The UK Concordat on Openness.

3:05 pm

Break

3:15 pm

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gilly Griffin (PhD)
Animal ethics and the Three Rs

Q&A with Keynote Speakers
Dr. Graham, Ms. Jarrett, and Dr. Griffin

4:10 pm

Awards Presentation
Trainee Awards from the Three Rs and Animal Research Trainee Symposium

4:25 pm

Closing Remarks

Dr. Jane Alcorn (DMV, PhD)
UACC Chair and Dean, Pharmacy and Nutrition

Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research

Day 1 | Friday October 18, 2019 | 6:30 pm to 9 pm
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East – University | 1838 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK

A free, public outreach event to learn more about new therapies and diabetes research. Join us for an evening discussion with Dr. Melanie Graham (MPH, PhD) from the University of Minnesota. This evening is an excellent opportunity for individuals and families with diabetes to learn about new therapies which may bring a cure to diabetes within reach.

This event is presented in coordination with the Royal University Hospital’s Saskatchewan Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Program.

A registration link for the evening keynote is located below the schedule.
6:30 pm

Reception

Snacks provided

7 pm

Welcome and Greetings from USask and Diabetes Wellness Program

Dr. Steven Jones (PhD)
Associate Provost Health, USask Health Sciences

Mr. Kevin Rodgers
Associate VP (Acting), Office of Applied Research and Innovation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dr. Munier Nour
RUH Diabetes Wellness Program and USask faculty, Pediatric Endocrinology

Presentations from Diabetes Organizations
Faith Rowland, Diabetes Canada, Manager of Community Development
Together we must STOP this growing epidemic of diabetes

Anne-Louise Blaikie, National Director of Community Engagement, JDRF Canada
Connecting our T1D community

7:25 pm

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Melanie Graham (MPH, PhD)
No more needles — how cell-based therapies are converging on a cure for diabetes

8:05 pm

Presentations from USask Researchers
Dr. Saija Kontulainen (PhD) and Dr. Munier Nour (MD) 
Bone health in diabetes: new evidence from advanced imaging

Dr. Veronica Campanucci and Joseph Neapetung
Diabetic mice help understand the negative impact of diabetes on the nervous system

Dr. Shelley Spurr
The prevalence of undiagnosed prediabetes/type 2 diabetes, prehypertension/hypertension and obesity among ethnic groups of adolescents in Saskatchewan

Dr. Elizabeth Snead
Personal experience using cats as a model for diabetes in people

8:50 pm

Q&A Panel Discussion

9 pm

Closing Remarks

Dr. Jane Alcorn (DMV, PhD)
UACC Chair and Dean, Pharmacy and Nutrition

Ways of Knowing and Understanding

Day 2 | Saturday October 19, 2019 | 9 am to 5 pm
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East – University | 1838 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK

Attend a free, public outreach event which will bring different perspectives of the animal-human relationship from acknowledged experts into the discussion about the ethics of animal use in research and teaching.

This full day event will provide an opportunity for open and honest discourse between academia, other organizations, and local citizens, exploring the vast and varied ways that humans interact with animals.

This event is intended to build relationships and foster new connections between academic researchers and the public, and translate understandings of animal ethics research to the general public.

Additionally, attendees will be able to connect with a number of not-for-profit groups interested in sharing their perspectives on the animal-human relationship.

A registration link for Ways of Knowing and Understanding is located below the schedule.
8 am
Registration sign-in and presentation booth setup
9 am

Welcome and Greetings from University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Dr. Jane Alcorn (DVM, PhD)
UACC Chair and Dean, Pharmacy and Nutrition

Dr. Steven Jones (PhD)
Associate Provost Health, USask Health Sciences

Dr. Susan Blum (PhD)
Associate Vice-President Research and Innovation, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

9:10 am

Presentations

Amelia Badger
Traditional cradle board teachings

Norman Fleury
The Métis relationship with the animal world

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings (PhD, Ed.M.)
Fur, feathers and medicines: How restoring our sacred relationships to animals can enhance our health

10:25 am

Break

10:45 am

Presentations

Dr. M.J. Barrett (PhD) and Viktoria Hinz
Interspecies dialogues: challenges and opportunities

Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD)
The power of the human-animal bond with visiting therapy dogs

Dr. Emily Jenkins (DVM, PhD)
One Health in the Canadian Arctic

12 pm Networking lunch
1 pm

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Melanie Graham (MPH, PhD)
Why the animal experience matters for tomorrow's cures

Ms. Wendy Jarrett
Where do medicines come from? The reality of how, when and why animals are used in research

Dr. Gilly Griffin (PhD)
Overseeing animal care and ethics

Presentation

LASU and ACU Animal Care Staff
Compassion—The good, the bad, and the healing

3 pm

Break 

3:20 pm

Presentations

Dr. Jordan Woodsworth (DVM)
Remote Clinical Practice: how veterinarians can help or hinder human and animal welfare and relationships through clinical outreach work

Dr. Diego Moya (DVM, PhD)
Perspectives from the beef cattle industry

Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner (PhD)
Human-animal relationships in poultry research and production—do they exist?

Dr. Ardra Cole (PhD)
Beyond benefits: the meaning of dogs in seniors' lives

4:40 pm

Q&A Panel Discussion

4:55 pm

Closing Remarks

Dr. Jane Alcorn (DMV, PhD)
UACC Chair and Dean, Pharmacy and Nutrition

Download/view a PDF of the complete schedule for the 2019 Animal-Human Relationship

Participating not-for-profit organizations

A limited number of free booth spaces are available for those wishing to showcase their organization and connect with the public during Ways of Knowing and Understanding on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Priority will be given to not-for-profit groups having a connection to animals.

Location and accommodations

The Animal-Human Relationship will take place at:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Saskatoon East)
1838 College Drive, Bldg #2
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   S1N 2Z8

1-800-465-4329

Hotel booking

Dates: October 17-20, 2019 (please contact the hotel directly for bookings outside of those dates )

Complimentary services:

  • Complimentary self parking
  • Complimentary express start hot breakfast bar (Mon-Fri 6:30am-9:30am; Sat-Sun 7am-10am)
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access
  • Complimentary coffee/tea 24 hours
  • Sundry shop open 24 hours
  • Indoor pool and whirlpool (5:30am-11pm)
  • Fitness centre open 24 hours
  • 24-hour business centre

To inquire about booking a hotel room under a group rate, please email uacc.office@usask.ca

Sponsors

Thank you to our Animal-Human Relationship sponsors

This event would not be possible without the generous support of several internal and external sponsors.

We acknowledge the support of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as well as funding provided by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R).

Additional support provided by:

Contact

Questions about this event, registration and trainee abstract submissions can be emailed to the University Animal Care Committee (UACC).