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Penn Vet Working Dog Center Presents: Selecting Working Dogs for the Next Century
March 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 24

Veterinarians, vet techs, dog handlers, members of breeding programs and members of the general public are invited to register for Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center’s first conference, Selecting Working Dogs for the Next Century, scheduled for March 12-15. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Friday, March 12, followed by a reception and Keynote Address at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively.

 Those interested can find more information about the Center and the conference and register at: www.pennvetwdc.org/. Partial conference registration is available. Eighteen hours of Continuing Veterinary Education Credits are provided through this conference to veterinary professionals.

Among the featured speakers is Dave Kontny, acting deputy director, Protective Security Coordination Division of the Department of Homeland Security, who will give the keynote address on Friday, March 12.

Additional speakers include:

Heather Huson, University of Alaska in Fairbanks and National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, who will speak about the development of Alaskan sled dogs;

Dr. Glen Golden, Monell Chemical Senses Center, who will talk about the standards for evaluating candidate dogs for scent discrimination tasks;

Debra Tosch, executive director, National Search Dog Foundation, who will talk about the challenges in finding the right candidates and the screening process to determine successful search dog potential.

Several additional lecturers are slated to present. Full conference itinerary with lecture descriptions and links to presenters’ biographies can be found online at www.pennvetwdc.org/Working_Dog_Conference.html.

 Sponsored by American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery, Merial, Schering Plough Intervet, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, The McConnell Group and Nestle Purina, the conference will take place in the Vernon and Shirley Hill Pavilion on the Philadelphia campus of Penn Vet.


Almanac - March 2, 2010, Volume 56, No. 24