Course Description

All species deserve a gentle passing, regardless of the inherent challenges that present due to size, behavior, and level of bondedness to humans.  There is always a way to ensure an animal is cared for that aligns with CAETA’s 14 Essential Components.  Dr. Jan Shearer will be presenting this 1 hour module on Livestock Euthanasia.  He is a well-respected leader in livestock animal welfare and expert in the euthanasia of cattle and other small ruminants.  This module focuses on the use of physical euthanasia methods.  For more information regarding livestock pre-euthanasia sedatives and anesthetics, please see our library of resources.

Course curriculum

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    • Euthanasia of Cattle and Small Ruminants

    • Livestock Final Exam



Jan Shearer

Dr. Jan Shearer received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1975. He served as an Associate Veterinarian at the Orrville Veterinary Clinic Inc. in north central Ohio for 4 ½ years before returning to The Ohio State University to pursue graduate studies in nutrition. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1981. In 1982 he relocated to the University of Florida where he became Professor and Dairy Extension Veterinarian at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Shearer served the University of Florida for 27 years before accepting his current position as Professor and Extension Veterinarian at Iowa State University. His primary research and extension interests are lameness of cattle and welfare issues of cattle. He is past Chair of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), member of the AVMA's Panel on Euthanasia and Chair of its Food Animal Working Group, and member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO). He also serves on the Organizing Committee and Board of Directors of the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW), a proposed Specialty Board in Animal Welfare.