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   Dyar Lectureship Features Margaret Slater 

May 3, 2006

The Department of Population Health and Reproduction cordially invites all interested members of the public to two free talks May 31 and June 1, 2006 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Margaret Slater, a veterinarian experienced in addressing the issues of feral cats, their health, and control of their populations, is the guest speaker for the annual Robert Dyar Labrador Lectureship.

The first lecture, "Homeless Pets, Public Health and Changing Public Perceptions," takes place Wednesday, May 31 at noon, in Room 170 of the Schalm Lecture Hall, located in the Health Sciences Complex. All are welcome.

Dr. Slater's second talk, "Evidence, Epidemiology and Companion Animal Practice: How Fun Is That?" is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m in Room 1309 Surge III, located on Hutchison Drive. A reception follows at the Silo Pub. The primary audience for this talk is veterinary students, though all are welcome.

Margaret Slater, DVM, PhD, a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, has focused recent research on the sources, problems and potential solutions for free-roaming cats and dogs in the United States and Italy. Dr. Slater is currently involved in a project, supported by the National Council for Pet Population Study and Policy, concerning the population dynamics of free-roaming cats in a town in Texas.

She began her career on a chicken farm in New Jersey. After obtaining her DVM degree from Cornell University in 1986, Dr. Slater spent a year in small animal practice before returning to Cornell to complete a doctorate in epidemiology in 1990. She then moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University to continue working on health and disease in companion animals. She has focused her research on chronic diseases, questionnaire evaluation and pet overpopulation. 

In addition, she has developed and taught courses to undergraduates, professional students and interns/residents in biostatistics, epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.

Dr. Slater has produced more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and 2 books. Her first book, Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations, was published by the Humane Society Press in 2002. She has also contributed information about feral cat health and population management to Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, The Welfare of Cats, and The State of the Animals III, published by the Humane Society Press in 2005.

Both presentations are part of the annual Robert Dyar Labrador Memorial Lectureship in Epidemiology sponsored by the Department of Population Health and Reproduction at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. 

The Robert Dyar Labrador Memorial Lectureship in Epidemiology acknowledges the school's pioneering achievements in veterinary epidemiology and encourages development of the discipline.

Each lecture also intends to foster the interest of veterinary students in the applications of epidemiology in practice, teaching and especially animal health research, where a shortage of veterinarians is occurring. 

Epidemiology is the discipline concerned with the study of factors determining and influencing frequency and distribution of disease, injury and other health events and the causes in a defined population, and with establishing programs to prevent and control the development and spread of disease. While medical practice often emphasizes the individual case and its treatment, epidemiology focuses on entire populations. The tools of epidemiology can help in public health tracebacks of epidemics, herd and flock health management in agricultural settings, or wildlife study.

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