Save the Date: NAIA 2018 Conference

Save the Date: NAIA 2018 Conference

By: Patti Strand  Date: 06/13/2018 Category: | NAIA Conferences |

Continuing a 27-year tradition, the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) is presenting our annual conference on a topic of great importance to animal professionals, advocates, and enthusiasts: “Uniting to Save Our Endangered Breeds.”

Dogs, horses, and birds remain very popular with the American public, but the number of purpose-bred animals (breeds and species) available from traditional U.S sources, is in steep decline. Purebred dogs, whether produced to be pets or working partners, are being replaced by mixed-breed rescue dogs, the bulk originating at a distance from where they are ultimately sold: some from as far as China, South Korea, and the Middle East. Nearly 40 years of anti-breeder propaganda and ill-conceived legislation, coupled with a neutering rate of 85% among household dogs, have resulted in a shortage of American-bred dogs. The loss of basic husbandry knowledge in modern America allows misinformation campaigns and the resulting ignorance to dominate popular culture and misdirect public policy. Horses face similar, as well as additional, problems relating to continuing urbanization and lifestyle changes. Exotic bird breeding in the United States is further challenged by the misapplication of the Endangered Species Act, as well as propaganda from retail rescue and extremist groups.

As difficult as our current situation is, however, it is still possible to reverse the trend if we organize to confront the challenge head-on now. NAIA’s grassroots supporters and colleagues have the expertise, dedication, and love of animals needed to succeed. So this fall, please answer our call: come to Orlando and Unite to Save Our Endangered Breeds!

To register or learn more, please go here:

Here’s a partial list of speakers:

  • Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP, CEO, AKC Canine Health Foundation
  • Jeffrey Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, ACVIM, Associate Professor, Veterinary Oncology, and Director of Comparative Oncology and Epigenetics Laboratory, University of Missouri
  • Cindy Buckmaster, PhD, Director, Center for Comparative Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Charlene Couch, PhD, Programs Coordinator, The Livestock Conservancy
  • Steve Duncan, Owner, Avian Resources, and Exotic Bird Authority
  • Mark Dunn, Senior Vice President, Registration and Customer Development, AKC
  • Steven Feldman, Executive Director, Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
  • Kelly Flannigan, DVM, Board of Directors, Dalmatian Club of America Foundation
  • Sheila Goffe, Vice President of Government Relations, AKC
  • Carolyn Henry, DVM, ACVIM, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
  • Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, Veterinary Genetics Research Manager, Wisdom Health
  • David Mack, PhD, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine and Bioengineering, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington
  • Michelle Miller, a.k.a. “The Farm Babe,” Iowa-based Farmer, Public Speaker, and Writer
  • Frank Mitloehner, PhD, Professor, UC Davis Department of Animal Science
  • Randy M. Russell, President, The Russell Group
  • Frances O. Smith, DVM, PhD, President, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals


Register Now for Early-Bird Savings

Registration includes a welcome reception Friday evening; Saturday and Sunday presentations, plus breakfast and lunch; and an attendee favorite: the cocktail hour, dinner, and live music Saturday night.


Book Your Room at the Conference Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld

About The Author

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Patti Strand - NAIA President
Patti is a recognized expert and consultant on contemporary animal issues, most notably responsible dog ownership and the animal rights movement. She often appears on radio and television and her articles on canine issues, animal welfare, public policy and animal rights have appeared in major US news publications and in trade, professional and scientific journals. Patti and her…

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