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

Cultural Co-ordinator, First Nations and Métis Relations, Office of First Nation and Métis Relations.

Robert Badger will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.

MJ Barrett, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, Associate Member, Educational Foundations, College of Education.

Research areas: Environmental education; human-nature relations; intuitive human-animal communication; ways of knowing; intuitive, Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies; healing the human-nature divide; discourse: ecopsychology: threshold concepts and transformative learning.

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

Monique Burmester, RVT, RMLAT, Director, Animal Care Unit, Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Monique Burmester will be speaking at "Ways of Knowing and Understanding" on Saturday, October 19.
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.
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.

Michele Moroz, RVT, RMLAT, Manager, Animal Care Services.

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.

Faith Rowland, Diabetes Canada Manager of Community Development

Faith Rowland will be speaking at "Evening Keynote: New Therapies & Diabetes Research" on Friday, October 18.

Karen Schwean-Lardner, PhD, Assistant Professor.

Research Area: The effect of management systems on the welfare and productivity of commercial poultry species.

Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner (PhD) 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
8:30 am Welcome and Greetings from University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic
9 am

Trainee Symposium
Oral and Poster Presentations from Post-doctoral fellows, Graduate and Undergraduate students

12 pm Networking Lunch
2 pm Welcome and Greetings from University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic

2:15 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.

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

Panel Discussion
Dr. Graham, Ms. Jarrett, and Dr. Griffin

4:30 pm

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

5 pm

Closing Remarks

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

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

7:30 pm

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

9 pm Closing Remarks

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

9:30 am

Presentations
Robert Badger

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

Dr. M.J. Barrett (PhD)

Break

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

Open Panel Discussion

12 pm Lunch
1 pm

Presentations
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

LASU and ACU Animal Care Staff

Break

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)

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

Open Panel Discussion

5 pm

Closing Remarks

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

Group name: Animal-Human Relationships Conference

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

Room type(s) available: Two queen bedrooms at $139.00/night

Cut-off date: September 17, 2019

Group code: AHR

Group booking link: Animal-Human Relationships Conference

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

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).