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Scholarships Opportunities

  • Thanks to the ASPCA’s Northern Tier Shelter Initiative, organizations located in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, or Wisconsin can apply for scholarships to cover the costs of attending our seminars. To get more details or apply for a scholarship, email!

Seminar Schedule

To get more information about a seminar, click on the title you are interested in below. If you see something you like that isn’t currently on the schedule, let us know!

Seminar Descriptions

To register or get more information about our Seminar Series, email us today!

Next Generation Leadership: Skills for Emerging Leaders

Effective leadership is critical to the future of animal welfare. As our field evolves and a new generation of leaders emerges, organizations that provide training and support to upcoming leaders will have a significant edge in fulfilling their missions and building healthy organizational culture. This seminar is for the next generation of animal welfare leaders: staff or volunteer leaders who are new to a leadership role or are on a leadership track. This seminar will equip participants with a deeper understanding of their own leadership and communication style, and provide the opportunity to learn and practice new skills in conflict negotiation, servant leadership, and collaborative decision-making.

Typical attendees are: aspiring leaders on the management career track or new managers with five or fewer years in a leadership role

Upcoming Dates: January 24-25, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Registration extended through December 31, 2018.


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Veterinarian to Leader: Leadership Skills for Medical Directors

This seminar was designed specifically for veterinarians (whether they are new grads, Medical Directors, or anywhere in between) and zeroes in on the unique leadership challenges they face. It will allow them to put aside veterinary and technical issues for two days and focus in on what it takes to provide outstanding leadership to a team, including communication skills, self-awareness, collaborative decision making, conflict negotiation, and the essential practices of servant leadership. The small group setting provides a fun and safe environment for participants to improve their skills and connect with like-minded colleagues. The seminar is RACE Approved for 15.5 CE credits.

Typical attendees are: veterinarians on a leadership or management career track

Upcoming Dates: January 21-22, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! Registration extended through December 31, 2018.


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Great Culture, Great Results: Building & Sustaining Healthy Organizations from the Inside Out

Peter Drucker is famously thought to have said “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Whether he said it or not, we couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. Time and again we’ve witnessed and experienced the reality of the internal culture of an organization impacting its capacity to deliver on strategy and mission. It’s no wonder that unhealthy culture leads to disengaged staff, higher turnover, and unhappy clients – all of which make it difficult for an organization to stay focused on goals and program priorities. On the other hand, healthy culture fuels the fire of mission and makes the seemingly impossible become believably possible (and more fun). This two-day seminar engages participants in the exploration of specific tools and systems that can be put to use right away in order to assess and increase employee engagement, successfully hire for culture fit and values alignment, manage for a healthy workplace culture, and even help people that are in the wrong position move on from the organization compassionately.

Any of this sound familiar?

  • Your employee turnover is higher than Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • You’ve recently thought “fingers crossed” about a new hire that you were unsure about
  • Alliances among staff change more frequently than in an episode of Game of Thrones
  • You blew your yearly pizza budget  in 4 months because it’s the only thing that seems to make staff happy – and it doesn’t last very long
  • You fantasize about letting everyone go when you have to roll out a change because starting from scratch sounds easier than realizing alignment
  • You hear more bad feedback at work than at a heavy metal concert

Typical attendees are: executive directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers of any animal welfare organization with an interest in building and sustaining a healthy culture or who have struggled with any of the challenges listed above

Upcoming Dates: March 25-26, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! $100 Early Bird Discount available through 12/31/2018! Last day to register is 2/22/19.


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Courageous Leadership: Managing Change & Making a Difference

The idea that leaders are born and not made? Well that’s just hooey. Sure, some folks are more inclined to exercise leadership than others. But the idea that it’s because they were born to be leaders ignores the fact that a.) leadership is a practice – an exercise – not a title, role, or position, and b.) what we often confuse for leadership is actually the exchange of power (for service) better known as authority. Is charisma a useful tool? You bet. Can strong public speaking skills move people? Of course. Are either of those things the exercise or practice of leadership? Not even a little bit.

Over the course of two-and-a-half days, we’ll explore these ideas, rumble with our our hang ups and resistance, and work on a definition of leadership that resonates for ourselves. We’ll bring case studies to the table and consult with our peers to dig into our own real-life leadership challenges, and we’ll spend time acknowledging and grappling with the risks and dangers associated with practicing real leadership. You’ll emerge with powerful new insights, skills, and readiness to manage change, tackle wicked problems, and exercise thoughtful and effective leadership with courage and caring.

Any of this sound familiar?

  • Are you someone who’s been called a “leader” but has ever doubted that you’re “doing it right?”
  • Have you ever had direct reports or staff look to you for an answer or direction and feel like anything other than certainty and taking charge would be unacceptable (or even risky)?
  • Have you ever worried that you’re not charming, articulate, or outgoing/outspoken enough to ever be the “leader” you want to be – even though you’ve held positions of authority for years?
  • Are you someone that’s dedicated to growth, change, impact, and doing good work in the service of others?

Typical attendees are: executive directors, C-Suite executives, senior staff, and individuals interested in a deep dive into a theory of leadership that’s about progress and not personality

Upcoming Dates: February 24-26, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! $100 Early Bird Discount available through 12/31/2018! Last day to register is 1/25/19.  

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Beyond Spay/Neuter: Why You Need a Low-Cost Healthy Pet Clinic & How to Build It

In many communities the model of providing spay/neuter, possibly with an optional vaccine or two and a microchip included at the time of surgery, is no longer enough. In this seminar, Emancipet will provide participants with lessons learned, best practices and budgeting tools for adding and managing low-cost vet care to your organizations services. The inclusion of an affordable public “Healthy Pet” clinic component at many shelters and spay/neuter organizations would begin to close the gap in services to lower income and underserved families. The benefits of offering these services are myriad, and their inclusion into communities in need will increase the basic level of pet health literacy, in many cases effectively keeping healthier animals in happier homes. The seminar is limited to 14 attendees per session.

Typical attendees are: medical directors, executive directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers of spay/neuter clinics or shelters

Upcoming Dates: March 21-22, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! $100 Early Bird Discount available through 1/15/2019! Last day to register is 2/15/19. 


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Turn Up the Volume: Safely Increasing Clinic Efficiency & Capacity

This two-day seminar will teach veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and clinic operations managers how to increase their spay/neuter efficiency and volume without sacrificing quality and safety. The seminar will include time in the clinic and in a classroom setting, and will provide step-by-step, actionable plans for increasing efficiency and volume. Participants will walk away with a complete toolkit for implementing changes back at their clinics. The seminar is limited to 14 attendees per session.

Typical attendees are: spay/neuter clinic management, senior vet techs, and veterinarians

Upcoming Dates: May 30-31, 2019 in Austin, TX – Register Here! $100 Early Bird Discount available through 1/15/2019! Last day to register is 4/26/19.


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Big Impact: Designing Programs, Services, and Messages for Social Change

Sheltering, rescue, and low-cost veterinary organizations make a difference in the lives of animals every day. In the last few years, our focus has begun to expand from homeless or at-risk companion animals to be more inclusive of all the pets in our communities. We are pioneering programs, services, and messages for new populations, especially lower-income and underserved pet owners. We have the opportunity to create real and lasting social change — to completely transform our communities’ attitudes and behavior patterns when it comes to pet care and critical issues like spay/neuter. In order to be effective in this work, we need to deepen our understanding of the art and science of social change by learning from other successful social change movements and social innovation strategies. This seminar is for senior level executives and leaders who want a creative space to design new programs, services, or messages to help drive social change in their own community.

Typical attendees are: executive directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers

Upcoming Dates: TBD


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More Money, More Mission: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

This interactive seminar is aimed at ED’s and development professionals seeking to jump-start their organization’s fundraising. In this workshop, we’ll make the case that successful philanthropy involves everyone at a non-profit, from frontline veterinary technicians to Executive Directors to operations staff, and we will share exercises intended to engage staff at every level of the organization. Participants will learn how to establish an intentional, organization-wide fundraising culture focused on creating transformative donor experiences that help to engage and retain donors. We will also discuss “traditional” animal welfare fundraising, and offer strategies for refreshing your fundraising campaigns with optimistic, empowered language, by teaching a new approach to story-telling for animal welfare leaders.

Typical attendees are: fundraisers, executive directors, board members, anyone with fundraising program oversight

Upcoming Dates: TBD


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Customer Service for Social Change: How to Talk About Spay/Neuter Effectively

One of the biggest questions people ask us is “How do you convince people to spay or neuter their pets?” Most often, it’s less about what you say than how you say it! This one-day seminar is for any staff member of an organization who routinely discusses the importance of spay/neuter and veterinary care with pet owners and wants to improve their communication skills and confidence in having “the conversation.” The session will empower attendees by spending time both on WHAT to say, and HOW to say it.

Attendees will receive updated, clear, and factual information about:

  • research about pet owners who have not yet altered their pets and what the barriers are
  • the true medical benefits and risks or “myths and facts” about the procedure
  • the facts about pediatric spay/neuter and its benefits
  • the current state of animal homelessness in the US

The rest of the seminar will focus on the “how” – communication techniques, effective messaging, non-verbal communication, and forming a connection with pet owners to make space for the conversation. Attendees participate in fun, interactive activities that immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss this important issue with all kinds of pet owners – from those who already believe in spay/neuter to those who have never sought it out. They will come back to their clinics re-energized about their work, and as more informed spay/neuter advocates and more effective, compassionate communicators overall.

Typical attendees are: customer service, technicians, anyone talking to potential clients about spay/neuter

Upcoming Dates: TBD


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Community Outreach for Social Change: Effective Engagement Strategies for Spay/Neuter

Between walking 10 miles a day knocking on doors and making human (and animal!) connections in their communities, our outreach specialists are in shape, in love with what they do, and excited to share about their experiences in the field. In this one day seminar, developed specifically for “boots on the ground” spay/neuter and veterinary care outreach specialists, attendees will learn the tried and true practices that have worked for Emancipet and other leading organizations, as well as hear about some of the mistakes we have made and lessons we have learned from them along the way. We will spend time talking about WHERE to be, WHAT to say, and HOW to say it.

Attendees will receive information about:

  • what services to offer for maximum efficacy
  • choosing communities to serve and making inroads there
  • pet owners who have not sought out spay/neuter or vet care for their pets and what the barriers are
  • how people make decisions about new messages
  • road tested tactics for reaching clients who are not seeking your services
  • verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • effective messaging

Attendees will watch short videos and participate in fun, interactive activities that will immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss important issues and form a connection with all kinds of pet owners – from those who believe that they already have the information that they need, to those who are eager to learn.

Typical attendees are: outreach program managers, spay/neuter outreach professionals, community engagement specialists, community advocates including anyone who is frequently working in underserved communities and talking to about spay/neuter and veterinary care.

Upcoming Dates: TBD


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