Animal Care Expo 2020

After an exhaustive process of due diligence conversations and staff preparation efforts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel Animal Care Expo 2020 on May 6-9 in San Antonio, TX. We know this message is not the one many of you were hoping to receive. For others, it may be the challenging and difficult decision you hoped the HSUS might reach. Please know that all of you reading this message are in our thoughts.

It is with deep regret that we must make this unfortunate announcement, and we invite you to click the button below to read on and learn more about the decision to cancel and next steps.

In this session, we will explore the importance of analyzing all information and veterinary findings during an investigation when determining whether to file animal cruelty charges. Using specific case examples, we will discuss the importance of remaining impartial when assessing the information related to an investigation, as well as how to identify vulnerabilities and other potential issues in a case. Cases in which cruelty charges were eventually dropped will also be presented.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for NACA members.


  • Melinda Merck | DVM, Forensic Veterinarian, Veterinary Forensics Consulting

Friday, May 8 | 3:15 to 4:15pm Shelter Medicine Standard

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