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SPEAKERS: Nationally renowned experts in animal science, genetics, conservation, husbandry, veterinary medicine, and advocacy

  • Vicki Abbott, AKC multi-group judge, top breeder and handler of BIS dogs
  • Wendy Davis, NAIA Directorserves on multiple boards overseeing racehorse welfare, safety and management, taught these subjects at the University level and continues to compete in the hunter/jumper discipline
  • Mark Dunn, Mark Dunn, AKC Executive VP, Managing Director of AKC Reunite, Vice Chair AKC Purebred Preservation Bank, oversees AKC’s relationships with dog breeders
  • Steven Feldman, President, Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
  • Emily Fish, AKC group judge, breeder of AKC BIS dogs, 4-H leader and founder of successful
    program for juniors
  • David Fitzpatrick, AKC Group Judge and Breeder of the Year, renowned dog handler and BIS breeder
  • Arnold Goldman, DVM, MPH, NAIA Director, president of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association and AVMA delegate to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association
  • Phil Goss, President, USA Reptile Keepers (USARK)
  • Anthony Hutcherson, Board member, the International Cat Association and EveryCat Health Foundation; authority on Bengal cats and other highly patterned cats
  • Colton Johnson, Top dog handler, trainer and breeder of BIS dogs; Owner-founder of Under the Sun dog event center
  • Michelle Kutzler, MBA, DVM, PhD (Diplomate American College of Theriogenologists) 
  • Emily Pieracci, DVM,  Zoonoses Prevention and Import Regulations Team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Patti Strand, NAIA President and co-founder, BIS Dalmatian breeder

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