Center for Continuing Professional Education

International Conference on Feline Health

Date: September 5-7, 2014
Time: Friday reception and check-in is from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 7:45 am.  Lectures are from 7:45 am to 5:20 pm.
Location: Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis Campus
CE Credit: up to 16 hours available for each track
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: Advance registration is closed.  You may still register on site at the event.

Rooms are available for $149.00 at The Hyatt Place next to campus. 

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Multi-Cat Track Schedule     Scientific Track Schedule  

Scientific Speakers' Institutional Affiliations

Shuttle Schedule


Dr. Pedersen's retirement dinner schedule

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:

  • Vaccinology
  • Shelter medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Cat hoarding
Internationally renowned speakers include:

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 dinner will be held on the evening of Saturday, September 6th, 2014. This is a separate, pre-paid-only ticketed event (dressy-casual attire). 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.