Free Web Conference • "Pet Professionals Best Practices Consensus Statement" (Access August 15 - 28, 2016)

A Panel Discussion

Sponsored by : Merck - Animal Health
Watch this On Demand Web conference to learn best practices developed for pet care and safety for pet professional businesses.

According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers of America’s Annual Report, more than 60 billion dollars were spent on our pets in the US in 2015. Of that, more than 5 billion was spent on grooming and boarding. Growth in this market is booming, first because pet ownership is on the rise, but also because most pet owners consider their pets to be family.

To remain competitive in this market, pet professional businesses must keep their pet owners happy and this means keeping pets happy…and healthy. This discussion brings together veterinary professionals and experts to recommend best practices for pet care and safety for pet professional businesses such as kennels, veterinary facilities, doggie daycares, dog walkers, groomers, and training facilities.

This Web conference will discuss:

  • Basic disease knowledge
  • Understanding of mechanisms of disease
  • Methods to prevent the spread of infectious disease

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About the Speakers

Edward Dubovi received his PhD in Microbiology at the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh in 1975. This was followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Virginia and University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine. He assumed his current position as Director of the Virology Section in the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) at Cornell University in 1982. Dr. Dubovi ’s main interests lie in basic animal virology, diagnostic testing, and disease prevention. 

Ronald Schultz, PhD, DACVM Honorary, is the founding Chairman of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, he has been a professor of Veterinary Immunology since 1973.  He was the first president of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists and is an honorary diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.  He received the Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award in 1988.  Dr. Schultz has served on the Vaccine Task Forces of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.  He has authored many publications, including the textbook Veterinary Immunology – Principles and Practice with Michael Day.  

Brenda Dines, DVM, attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana for her bachelor's in Animal Science in 2007 and further pursued her veterinary degree in 2011 at the University of Illinois. She is currently completing her master's in public health at the University of Illinois Chicago and also considering pursuing a residency in shelter medicine. She is currently employed as a shelter veterinarian full time, as well as part-time as an associate in a private practice in northwest Indiana.

Melissa Bourgeois, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Virology, Immunology) graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 with a DVM, and in 2010 with a PhD in veterinary medicine, focusing on gene expression in the equine host following West Nile virus infection. Dr. Bourgeois became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM) in virology (2011) and immunology (2013). Since July 2015, Dr. Bourgeois has worked for Merck Animal Health as a senior drug safety specialist.

Carmen Rustenbeck has been involved in non-profit work for over 20 years and active in the pet care industry since 2004. By creating and implementing a development plan that details how the organization gains members to create a powerful voice for the industry, and identifying areas of service never before provided to our industry. As Founder and Executive Director of IBPSA, Carmen is committed to building a member-centered organization that promotes the best practices and strategies for helping our industry reach its full potential.

Debra A. Vey Voda-Hamilton has 30 years of experience as a practicing litigator. Her focus for the past 4 years is working as a mediator to resolve disputes between people involving animals. Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC (HLM), is the first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts involving animals. HLM uses alternative dispute resolution to help resolve divorce disagreements over the family pet, neighbor arguments over a barking dog, vet and pet service providers and their client’s misunderstandings.

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