NAIA Annual Conference

The 2016 NAIA Annual Conference

Working with Animals at the Intersection of Love and Science


NAIA 2016 Conference Admission:
November 5-6, 2016, Orlando, Florida ~ $250 Admission 

The National Animal Interest has put to together a fantastic conference this year for our 25th anniversary and we hope you can join us in the celebration.

The future of animal care is today and our 25th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate progress, educate ourselves on the changes in extremely fast-moving fields, counter ideological and opportunistic misinformation, and implement strategies for further evolving the way we work with, care for, and view animals. Come be part of the future!

We are proud to have such a distinguished lineup of speakers, and excited for informative, inspiring, and solutions-oriented presentations! Here is our lineup:

  • Pat Shipman, PhD, author of The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, Evolving with our companions: Dogs and People
  • Heather Huson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Animal Genetics, Cornell University: Managing small gene pools; examining the Alaskan sled dog and its unique DNA performance markers;
  • David J. Waters, DVM, PhD,,On Cultivating a Readiness for Sustainable Health: Our Words are Our Starting Points
  • Cathleen Enright, PhD, CEO of the Pet Food Institute: Fighting fire with water in the public debate over GMOs
  • Cindy Buckmaster, PhD. Homes for Animal Heroes: Rehoming the heroic dogs who have helped us treat and cure diseases
  • Scott Terrell, DVM, Diplomate ACVP, Animal Health Director for Disney’s Animal Kingdom: LEAD, CARE, CONNECT, CONSERVE ... and we can will change the world!
  • Christina M Martin, Attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation: Animals and property rights
  • Bernadette Juarez, Deputy Administrator Animal Care, USDA APHIS: Overview and update of USDA APHIS programs and regulations
  • Mary O. Smith BVM &S PhD DACVIM (Neurology): Bringing together dog lovers and scientists: the work of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
  • Arnold Goldman, DVM, MPH and NAIA Board Member and Patti Strand, NAIA President: Update on the extent and effects of rescue dog transport.
  • David L. Mack, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Washington: How a mother and a dog changed the future for patients with a fatal muscle disease called X-linked myotubular myopathy.
  • Gleeson Murphy, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM Veterinary Medical Officer Importations and Animal Contact Team (ImpACT)Overview and update of CDC Animal Importation regulations
  • Christina Hansen, New York City carriage driver and a spokesperson for the NYC carriage industry: Winning the Public and Killing the Bill: Successful strategies in the NYC carriage campaign (straight from the horse's mouth)

In addition, we will continue our tradition of surprise guests, discussion panels, and workshops that will make for an unforgettable weekend!

Event Details:

The 2016 NAIA National Conference

Date and Location: November 5-6, 2016, Orlando Florida. The last presentation will conclude at 4pm on Sunday, November 6.(Note: there will be a reception the evening of November 4th for those who arrive early enough.)

Hotel Information:  Call the number below for reservations. We have negotiated a special conference rate. However, our turn-out is higher than expected and as a result the hotel has been trying to accommodate us by adding additional rooms to the block as each new block fills up. You may need to relay this information to the agent if they say our block is sold out.  

Double Tree by Hilton, Orlando at SeaWorld
10100 International Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32821, USA
TEL: +1-407-352-1100
Group Name: Nationl Animal Interest Alliance
Group Code: NAI


The headquarters hotel is temporarily sold out on November 2 and 3. If you are arriving early for other events and ask for those dates you may be turned away even though there is availability for our dates.  If you plan to come in early, please consider these nearby hotels.  They are within walking distance of our hotel, have rooms available and are competitively priced.

Hawthorn Suite
6435 Westwood Blvd
Orlando, Fl 32821

BestWestern Plus Orlando Convention Center Hotel
6301 Westwood Blvd
Orlando, Fl 32821


This conference will be as inspiring as it is informative, sporting some of the most brilliant minds in animal care and science.

Hope to see you there, and check back regularly as our list of speakers, topics, and panels continues to expand!