Is There More than Meets the Eye?: Seeing Signs of Child Abuse When Looking at Animal Welfare


Dr. Michelle Ward, MD FAAP FRCPC, Division Head, Child and Youth Protection, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Vice President, Child and Youth Maltreatment Section, Canadian Paediatric Society

This presentation will focus on practical tools to assist professionals who are involved in animal welfare to understand their role in identifying and reporting child maltreatment.

Key Learnings:

  1. Understand what child maltreatment is and how it affects children.
  2. Have tools to spot potential child maltreatment.
  3. Know how to document and report concerns to the appropriate authority.

Dr. Michelle Ward is a pediatrician and Head of the Division of Child and Youth Protection at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute and Vice President of the Child and Youth Maltreatment Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society. She is certified in pediatrics in Canada and the United States and is Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics (U.S.). Dr. Ward's clinical work involves the medical assessment and management of children with possible injuries or effects of child maltreatment. Her teaching, research, advocacy and academic interests include medical aspects of child abuse, care of children involved with the child welfare system, education of professionals, and other issues for vulnerable populations.