Speakers & Topics
Again this year, our speakers are the best in their fields and bring us the latest information about animal care and preservation. This year’s speakers and topics include:
  • Mark Dunn, MBA, Executive VP for AKC, and Claire Wiley, VDM, DAC: Harnessing next generation DNA technology to protect and serve our dogs
  • Kelli Retallick, President American Angus: Genetic insights gleaned from breeding and raising Angus cattle
  • Scott Dowd, Executive Director, Project Piaba: Can the aquarium trade save the Amazon? Buy a fish save a tree!
  • Charles Garvin MD: Using expanded semen storage options to preserve breeds
  • Pat Hastings, Long-time purebred dog enthusiast, AKC judge, author: Can you pick your next Best-in-Show at 8 weeks?
  • Bill Shelton: Renowned Pembroke Welsh Corgi breeder-exhibitor and AKC judge: Breed preservation: Practical and creative ways to develop and maintain a quality bloodline.
  • Panel discussion with recognized experts: Using the courts, legislatures, and media to shape the future of animal ownership
  • Christine A. Petersen, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Director, Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Iowa: Unwanted stow-aways: Screening imported animals for disease introduction and spread
  • Gayle Watkins, PhD, Founder of Avidog International and Gaylan’s Golden Retrievers: A fresh look at puppy socialization: raising stable, healthy dogs
  • Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D. UC Davis Animal Science: “Livestock and climate – facts and fiction.”
  • Carolyn Henry, DVM, MS, DACVIM (oncology), Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri: A discussion about mutually beneficial academic partnerships and preserving research tools that enable sustainable advancement of knowledge.
  • Kay Backues, DVM, DACZM, Director of Animal Health, Tulsa Zoo and Doberman Pinscher breeder/exhibitor/enthusiast: Educating the next generation on the importance of husbandry practices that preserve breeds and breed type: the role of cropping and docking in breed preservation

Please check back for updates and the program schedule.

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