International Conference on Feline Health
Date: September 5-7, 2014
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday
Location: Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis Campus
CE Credit: up to 16 hours available
Live Webinar: Available for multi-cat track. If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before test your connection in advance. This webinar will only be available live, and it will not be recorded for future viewing. If you want to watch the seminar on your smart phone or tablet you will need to download the free AdobeConnect app.
Registration: Limited to 150 participants per track
Register online Register via mail/fax
Early bird registration ends at midnight on 8/11/14.
Rooms are reserved at a rate of $139 (for reservations made by 8/7/14) at The Hyatt Place next to campus.
This dual track conference will delve deeply into feline health for pets as well as animals in multi-cat environments such as shelters, sanctuaries, foster/rescue facilities, catteries and free roaming cats.
Session 1 is for cat breeders, catlovers, shelter staff, and veterinarians seeking both knowledge and continuing educations credits. This session will concentrate on problems in the multiple cat environments, and presentations will be given by guest speakers. Session 1 will also be available on a live, interactive webinar. Dr. Andrea Fascetti will present the keynote address “The History of Feline Diets.” Lecture topics include:
- Shelter medicine
- Infectious disease
- Cat hoarding
Internationally renowned speakers include:
- Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, Cornell University
- Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, Chico Hospital for Cats
- Dr. Andrea Fascetti, UC Davis
- Dr. Barbara Gandolfi, University of Missouri, Columbia
- Dr. Kate Hurley, UC Davis
- Dr. Oswald Jarrett, University of Glasgow, Scotland
- Dr. Julie Levy, University of Florida
- Heather Lewis, Animal Arts
- Dr. Susan Little, Winn Feline Health Foundation
- Dr. Leslie Lyons, University of Missouri, Columbia
- Dr. Richard Malik, University of Sydney, Australia
- Dr. Niels C. Pedersen, UC Davis
- Dr. Jyothi Robertson, JVR Shelter Strategies
- Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, San Francisco, SPCA
- Dr. Denae Wagner, UC Davis
- Dr. Alice Wolf, Texas A&M University
Session 2 consists of scientific talks from submitted abstracts. Topics will be selected for their importance to feline health and for novelty. During this moderated session presenters will be given 15-25 minutes with 5 minutes for question and answers. The keynote address for this session will be “The Conquest of Feline Leukemia Virus Infection” by Dr. Oswald Jarrett.
The conference begins at 5PM on Friday, September 5th. There will be light refreshments and participants are encouraged to preregister and stay to enjoy each other’s company and the fine early September California evenings. Sessions on Saturday and Sunday will include continental breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks and lunch.
A optional formal dinner will be held on the evening of Saturday, September 6th, 2014. This is a separate, pre-paid-only ticketed event. This dinner is to honor Emeritus Professor Dr. Niels C. Pedersen’s career and celebrate the progress in feline health since his training as a veterinarian at UC Davis from 1963-1967. He remembers a time when cats were a badly neglected species and their disease problems virtually unknown beyond cat bite abscesses, hairballs and parasites. He still remembers being taught, by a leading authority on cats of the day, that the weird blood dyscrasias of cats were due to “a weak bone marrow.” His long association with cats started in childhood on a poultry farm with dozens of feral and pet cats and an innate love and understanding of the species. The ignorance that he saw as a senior veterinary student caused him to forgo a career as a large animal veterinarian and to enter academia with a clinical and research emphasis on feline diseases. He sees this conference as a fitting tribute to the progress that has been made over the last half century in understanding health problems of the species. Dinner will be a California barbeque with drinks and dancing under the stars.