Rutgers Pet Care School

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Only $45 Per Person Until 9/23

 

Rutgers Pet Care School


Saturday, October 13, 2018
Hickman Hall, Rutgers University Cook Campus, New Brunswick, NJ



Do you have a best friend with fur, fins, feathers, or scales? Are you thinking about adding a new animal companion to your family? Would you like to learn practical information from recognized animal experts about the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy?

If you answered yes, please join us for Rutgers Pet Care School on October 13th!


Designed to provide valuable content for all pet parents and animal lovers, Pet Care School offers 24 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of topics. This format allows you create your own customized schedule for this fun day of learning by selecting the workshops that are most relevant to you and your pets.

The day begins with a general session, followed by two morning workshop sessions (running 10:25am-11:10am and 11:20am-12:05pm). A one hour lunch break will feature two keynote presentations. In the afternoon, participants will attend two afternoon workshop sessions (running from 1:15pm-2:00pm and 2:10pm-2:55pm), followed by a general Q & A - Ask the Vet session to conclude the day.

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DATE / TIME / LOCATION / PARKING

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: Check-in activities will take place between 8:00am - 9:00am. The program will run from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

Location: Hickman Hall, 89 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Parking: Please park your car in the Douglass Parking Deck. If you require handicapped parking, please call 848-932-9271, option 2 to reserve a handicapped parking space at Hickman Hall.


AGENDA

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8:00am - 9:00am: Check-in and visit exhibitor/sponsor tables

9:00am - 10:15am: General Session - Cultivating Animal Protection in the Garden State: How Pet Parents Can Make a Big Difference

Brian R. Hackett, NJ State Director, HSUS

 

Your pet is a cherished part of your family. Join us for this engaging presentation to kick off your day at Pet Care School and see how you can translate your pet parent skills to not only make a difference in the life of your pet, but so many other animals. Learn how we can together to make our state a better place for both animals and people, and make NJ the humane state!


Read more about Brian Hackett

As New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection organization in the country, Brian Hackett has worked to advance the organization's animal protection priorities on the state level. Among his focuses are playing a leading role in advancing the most anti-puppy mill measures of any state in the nation and protecting our nation's millions of community cats by advancing support for humane management through Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) policies with our counties and municipalities. He most recently served on an ad hoc committee formed by the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders to study and suggest the best way to structure a humane management ordinance.


On the state level, Hackett has continued to build lasting relationships with key legislators in Trenton, who have either passed or introduced a plethora of bills on puppy mills, humane law enforcement reform, strengthening animal cruelty penalties, ending circus cruelty, banning the shark fin sales trade, and cutting off NJ markets to animal trophies.


Hackett is a graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), with a bachelor's degree in political science.


10:25am - 11:10am: Workshop Session #1

Choose one of the six workshops listed below! Click here to read workshop descriptions.


  • Five Things Your Veterinarian Wishes Dog Parents Knew
  • Be The Person Your Cat Thinks You Are! An Overview of Cat Ownership
  • Bird Ownership Overview
  • Fish Keeping: Is it an Art or Science?
  • Small Animal Ownership Overview
  • Reptile Ownership Overview

11:20am - 12:05pm: Workshop Session #2

Choose one of the six workshops listed below! Click here to read workshop descriptions.


  • Pet First Aid & CPR: Learn How to Save Your Pet's Life
  • Smart Decisions in the Dog & Cat Food Aisle
  • Hands-on - Making Food Treats for Your Dog
  • Reptile Handling and Understanding Behavior
  • Trap-Neuter-Return: Master the Art of Chasing Tail
  • Introduction to Canine Body Language

12:10pm - 1:10pm: Lunch and Keynote Speakers

Choose between two exciting keynote presentations!


Animal Domestication presented by Dr. Larry Katz
Animal domestication is that process by which a population of animals becomes adapted to humans and the the captive environment by some combination of genetic changes occurring over generations and environmentally induced developmental events recurring during each generation. This presentation will address historical, cultural, geographic, and biological aspects of animal domestication.

Read more about Dr. Larry Katz

Dr. Larry Katz is a professor in the Animal Sciences Department in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Dr. Katz graduated from Cornell University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Master of Science degree in Reproductive Physiology. He then went on to earn his PhD at the University of California, Davis in Animal Behavior. Dr. Katz has recently completed his tenure as Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.


Dr. Katz's research focus is on the endocrine, environmental and social factors that affect reproductive behavior, physiology and performance in ruminants. The research work from his lab addresses problems in the detection of estrus for artificial insemination, and also examines factors affecting sexual dysfunction in both males and females, as well as addressing important evolutionary questions in species that have been domesticated for thousands of years.



Animal Abuse and Society presented by Dr. Ernest Rogers
The term animal abuse is used for many situations. The issues associated with animal abuse extend beyond the issues of pain and poor home care. Society and social scientists have been advocating the investigation and prosecution of those individuals who are responsible for criminal activity against animals. They have further been able to show links between animal abuse and human on human violence. This presentation will review the significance of animal abuse in the confines of societal safety and quality of life.

Read more about Dr. Ernest Rogers

Ernest Rogers has been working in veterinary medicine since the age of 9 years as a kennel person, technician or veterinarian. Currently he performs investigations, gives expert testimony and practices as a general veterinary practitioner. He has been involved with multiple cases for law enforcement and defense as an expert witness, crime scene investigator, medical examiner and pathologist and a consultant.


He has certifications in Medical Investigation (CMI-Level V, American College of Forensic Examiner Institute, 2013-2017), Crime Investigator (CCI, ACFEI, 2015-2017) and was granted the Diplomate Status for the American Board of Forensic Medicine, (ACFEI 2014-2017) He has been a part of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Humane Police) for more than 6 year and he owns an investigation company, Animal Forensic Investigations LLC (2012).


1:15pm - 2:00pm: Workshop Session #3

Choose one of the six workshops listed below! Click here to read workshop descriptions.


  • Understanding Reptile Husbandry: Lighting, Diet and More
  • Hands-on - Making Cat Toys with Catnip
  • Tricks & Treat!
  • Smart Decisions in the Dog & Cat Food Aisle
  • Disaster Preparedness for Pets
  • Introduction to Feline Body Language

2:10pm - 2:55pm: Workshop Session #4

Choose one of the six workshops listed below! Click here to read workshop descriptions.


  • Reiki Basics for Animals
  • Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Environmental Enrichment
  • Caring for Older Pets
  • Koi Ponds 101: Ecosystem Pond Building Basics (Demonstration)
  • Trap-Neuter-Return: Master the Art of Chasing Tail
  • Volunteering with Animals

3:10pm - 4:00pm: General Session - Q & A - Ask the Vet

Dr. Ernest Rogers will answer your pet questions during this interactive session.



REGISTRATION FEE

END OF SUMMER SALE:
Only $45 Per Person Until 9/23

$85.00 per person

Please note: All attendees must be individually registered in order to attend Pet Care School. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend, but each child and adult must have a paid registration. Please leave your pet friends at home for this day of classroom learning - you can fill them in on all your new pet care knowledge after the event!


MEALS

Breakfast is not provided; however, there will be coffee/tea available.

An optional box lunch will be available for $13.00. To order, include payment with your registration and mark the appropriate space on the registration form. Please indicate your sandwich preference: Tuna, Turkey, Ham & Cheese, Roast Beef, or Vegetarian.

Lunch boxes must be pre-ordered before October 8. Lunch will not be available for purchase onsite.

Lunch will be served in the courtyard of Hickman Hall. There are no local food courts at this facility, but you are also welcome to bring your own bag lunch.


SUPPORT ANIMALS IN NEED

Please help us support animals in need by bringing donations of pet food and pet care items with you to Pet Care School. Donations will be collected by The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of both domestic animals and wildlife found living on the New Brunswick campuses. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Pet Care School Workshops

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Each attendee will pick one workshop for each of the four sessions.

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SESSION #1: 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM


Dog Owner Workshop

1. Five Things Your Veterinarian Wishes Dog Parents Knew

Presented by Dr. Michael Tokiwa,
The Animal Hospital at Kingston and Blawenburg

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Dog ownership is an incredibly rewarding experience. It is important to consider what's involved in the medical, financial, and training commitments necessary to have a great relationship with your new or existing pet. Here, we will provide an overview of how you can work with "your other family doctor" ie. your veterinarian, and the pet professional community on your way to become a better pet parent.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Tokiwa

Michael "Dr. T" Tokiwa is the owner and Medical Director at The Animal Hospital at Kingston and Blawenburg. A self-proclaimed CanAsian, he graduated from The Atlantic Veterinary College in beautiful Prince Edward Island. His passion has always been to change the landscape of the profession: embracing the latest technologies, medical and management changes that not only help improve the medicine we practice, but also help with the quality and lifestyle of the people within the profession.

Dr. Tokiwa is also a media personality. As host of Your Pet Matters radio show Saturday mornings at 10 am, he brings the people that treat, train and help your pets into your living rooms. His YouTube videos provide a great viewing experience into the lives of those who treat and increase the human animal bond of our furry legged family members.

Cat Owner Workshop

2. Be The Person Your Cat Thinks You Are! An Overview of Cat Ownership

Presented by Valerie Wilson,
People for Animals

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Learn the health and behavior basics of your feline friend. Topics include:

  • Providing enrichment
  • Dietary basics
  • Litter box habits
  • Basic health requirements

Specific tips on getting your kitty to vet even when they don't want to go will also be presented!

Presenter: Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson has been working with People for Animals Spay/Neuter clinics for the most part of 7 years. Her positions at PFA have varied but for the past several years have focused on Community Cat programs and feline care and transport programs. She also has a passion for low-stress handling of animals, especially those in animal sheltering systems.

Valerie has worked and volunteered with many types of animal welfare establishments. She says the most exciting was volunteering at an emergency shelter for 300 dogs after last year's Hurricane Harvey in Texas. She says she will from now on save her vacation time for disaster relief. Valerie has 4 cats and three large goldfish she cares for at home.

Bird Owner Workshop

3. Bird Ownership Overview

Presented by Dr. Brynn McCleery,
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

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Owning a bird can be a 10 to 80+ year commitment! Learn tips on how to keep your feathered family member happy and healthy at home. Topics covered will include:

  • Choosing the right species for your home
  • Diet
  • Environmental needs
  • Preventive medicine
  • Grooming
  • And more!

Presenter: Dr. Brynn McCleery

Dr. Brynn McCleery is head of the Avian & Exotics Department at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists followed by a dual-residency in avian and exotic companion mammal practice at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. During her career, Dr. McCleery has served as a consulting veterinarian for a variety of rescue groups and zoos including Bunny Buddies Rescue, Zoo Knoxville, Bright's Zoo, American Eagle Foundation, Tiger Haven, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Dr. McCleery is board-certified in Avian Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.




Fish Owner Workshop

4. Fish Keeping:
Is it an Art or Science?

Presented by Howie Berkowitz,
Aquaridise

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This workshop will cover:

  • Water Quality - Freshwater, Saltwater and Brackishwater fish
  • Selection of aquarium size and shape
  • Lighting, plants, and decorations
  • Filtration
  • Care, maintenance, and feeding

Presenter: Howie Berkowitz

Howie Berkowitz is the President and Owner of Aquaridise, a full line and comprehensive service aquarium store in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Howie is known for his knowledge and expertise in design, set up and ongoing maintenance for both fresh and saltwater aquariums of all sizes. He has extensive knowledge of all breeds of fish including rare and exotic species. Howie graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Marketing. Shortly after, he opened his first full line pet store Pets Pets Pets in 1984. His true passion has always been keeping tropical fish. He takes pride in his ability to guide the beginner through all the aspects of learning about fish keeping as well as having the depth to advise and guide the seasoned professional in both fresh and saltwater fish.

Small Animal Owner Workshop

5. Small Animal Ownership Overview

Presented by Amelia Valente,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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Are you a first time small animal owner or are you planning on purchasing a small animal pet? If so, this talk is for you! This talk will provide you a full understanding of what small animal ownership will be like and which pet will be the right fit for you. We will review different species of small animal pets and the level of difficulty they are. Categories of pets will be broken down by their diets (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores). Topics that will also be explained include housing, lifespan, medical care, enrichment, and much more!

Presenter: Amelia Valente

Amelia Valente is the Program Assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County: 4-H Youth Development. Amelia has been a part of the 4-H staff team for the past two years and is the proud liaison to the 4-H Animal and Cloverbud project areas. As a youth, Amelia was an active 4-H member and she successfully raised several small animals including rodents, rabbits, amphibians, and arthropods. Amelia spent her childhood summers volunteering at places that include veterinary offices, farms, and animal shelters. She received her Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Management at Delaware Valley University. During her college career, she had the honor of interning at two zoos, primarily working with critically endangered mammals. Amelia continues to volunteer with animals, specifically in Wildlife Rehabilitation and she holds a senior care staff title at a NJ Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She is grateful to have the opportunity to present at the Rutgers University Pet Care School.

Reptile Owner Workshop

6. Reptile Ownership Overview

Presented by Amy DiNetta,
Rizzo's Wildlife World

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For this workshop, you will be learning how to properly set up habitats. This will cover the use of different types of substrates for different reptiles, decorations and their uses, proper heating techniques, and the importance of UVB and proper diets for various animals.

Presenter: Amy DiNetta

Amy is the Animal Care Technician at Rizzo's Wildlife World. She is the leader of many guided tours at the wildlife center. Caring for animals has always been the highlight of Amy's life and she hopes to pursue a career in animal rehabilitation someday in the future. For now, Amy manages to stay very busy with her ever growing family of eighteen animals at home, and the hundreds of animals under her care at Rizzo's Wildlife World!






SESSION #2: 11:20 AM - 12:05 PM


Pet Owner Workshop

7. Pet First Aid & CPR:
Learn How to Save Your Pet's Life

Presented by Steve Ross and Bryan Ross,
First Aid & CPR LLC

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This workshop will cover:

  • Pet Rescue Breathing and Pet CPR
  • Poisoning
  • Heat Emergencies
  • Burns
  • Bleeding Control

Presenters: Steve Ross and Bryan Ross

Steve Ross is the President and National Training Director of First Aid & CPR, LLC. With over 40 years of emergency service experience and a National Instructor Trainer, he and his company offer training in the lifesaving skills of CPR, First Aid, Pet First Aid & CPR and a host of other safety courses. Steve is a volunteer firefighter/EMT, an Annex Coordinator with his local OEM, a FEMA Instructor and has written plans for emergency preparedness. His company, First Aid & CPR, LLC is one of only a few that will bring the training to you.

Bryan Ross is an instructor with First Aid & CPR, LLC. His has been involved with various emergency services and is an instructor trainer candidate. He has rescued a variety of animals, and is passionate about the care and well-being of all animals. Bryan has taught thousands of people in the lifesaving skills of CPR, First Aid and Pet First Aid & CPR. As an instructor, he travels to many states, presenting these skills and training.

Dog and Cat Owner Workshop

8. Smart Decisions in the Dog & Cat Food Aisle

Presented by Dr. Martha Cline,
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

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This non-branded talk will review some of the regulations behind pet food and popular pet food fads. We will also discuss how to best assess pet food quality and determine if a food is right for your pet.

Presenter: Dr. Martha Cline

Dr. Martha Cline is a board-certified veterinary nutritionists with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She practices veterinary nutrition at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ where she has been for the past 5 years. Dr. Cline completed her veterinary medicine degree at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine followed by a one year internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ. She then returned to the University of Tennessee to complete a two year residency in small animal clinical nutrition.

Dog Owner Workshop

9. Hands-on - Making Food Treats for Your Dog

Presented by Marci Rubin,
Pathways to Adult Living

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Join us to prepare your own homemade natural treats for your precious dog.

Presenter: Marci Rubin

This workshop will be facilitated by Marci Rubin, a Teacher who runs the Pathways to Adult Living (PAL) program in Sayreville, NJ. PAL is coordinated by the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey, open to students who have completed their high school academic requirements. It provides a transitional program for students 18-21 years old who are developmentally disabled. PAL students make natural homemade dog treats and sell them throughout the community.




Reptile Owner Workshop

10. Reptile Handling and Understanding Behavior

Presented by Amy DiNetta,
Rizzo's Wildlife World

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This workshop will cover proper reptile handling techniques and understanding behavior to keep both the owner and pet happy and safe. Amy will go over how to handle different reptiles and be able to understand their body language. She will discuss potential reasons for behavior change and what it can mean.

Presenter: Amy DiNetta

Amy is the Animal Care Technician at Rizzo's Wildlife World. She is the leader of many guided tours at the wildlife center. Caring for animals has always been the highlight of Amy's life and she hopes to pursue a career in animal rehabilitation someday in the future. For now, Amy manages to stay very busy with her ever growing family of eighteen animals at home, and the hundreds of animals under her care at Rizzo's Wildlife World!

Cat Owner Workshop

11. Trap-Neuter-Return:
Master the Art of Chasing Tail

Presented by Valerie Wilson,
People for Animals

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This workshop will cover:

  • Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) basics
  • Dealing with kittens
  • Colony care basics, such as best practices for trapping, feeding, sheltering, and monitoring the colony for newcomers and illnesses
  • Diplomatic solutions for dealing with nuisance complaints from neighbors
  • Tips and tricks for trapping even the slyest of cats

Presenter: Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson has been working with People for Animals Spay/Neuter clinics for the most part of 7 years. Her positions at PFA have varied but for the past several years have focused on Community Cat programs and feline care and transport programs. She also has a passion for low-stress handling of animals, especially those in animal sheltering systems.

Valerie has worked and volunteered with many types of animal welfare establishments. She says the most exciting was volunteering at an emergency shelter for 300 dogs after last year's Hurricane Harvey in Texas. She says she will from now on save her vacation time for disaster relief. Valerie has 4 cats and three large goldfish she cares for at home.

Dog Owner Workshop

12. Introduction to Canine Body Language

Presented by Karen Fazio,
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

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Improving the human-dog bond through enhanced communication

Dogs are constantly communicating with their environment and those who live in it. They do this by conveying to us their emotional state through small, often subtle body movements involving the eyes, mouth, head, tail, ears as well as the manners in which they distribute their body weight.
Some of the most common behavioral encounters are the result of erroneous perception of the canine language. Results of such often yield concerning behavioral responses such as bites to children's faces, aggressive responses that appear to have no warning, chronic fears of the vet, groomer, among others.

Many sticky situations can be avoided or even ameliorated through a comprehension of how our canine companions communicate so that we may respond accordingly to their wants, fears and emotional needs.

This 45-minute discussion will guide attendees through a pictorial PowerPoint presentation of common canine body language signals as well as the messages that are being conveyed. Presentation is followed by a brief Q&A session.

Presenter: Karen M. Fazio

Karen M. Fazio, CDBC is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Fear FreeTM animal professional with nearly fifteen years experience working with complex psychological and behavioral issues affecting dogs and cats. Karen specializes in aggression, fears, learning deficits, destructive behaviors as well as medical causes of behavior.

Fazio is the Director of Behavior at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and owner of The Dog Super Nanny professional dog (and cat) training, both located in Monmouth County, NJ.

Her expertise in the field of animal behavior is nationally recognized and has earned her a syndicated pet column and blog on NJ.com. Karen is a contributing writer for Inside Jersey magazine and has been a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Living Channel on SiriusXM and WOR public radio.






SESSION #3: 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM


Reptile Owner Workshop

13. Understanding Reptile Husbandry: Lighting, Diet and More

Presented by Dr. Matthew Grootenboer,
NorthStar VETS

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Reptile appointments are most often spent discussing various aspects of husbandry such as proper lighting, temperature, humidity, diet, and substrate. This can often take up the bulk of the appointment, but it is critical to gaining an understanding of how care can impact illness. With the proper information, you can become an expert in reptile care and make sure your reptile's sick appointment is quick and productive, if you ever need one!

Presenter: Dr. Matthew Grootenboer

Dr. Matt Grootenboer attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2015. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital. From there, he traveled to Florida to complete an internship in exotic animal medicine at Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital where he appeared on the National Geographic TV show Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER. He has returned to his home state of New Jersey to continue working with exotic companion animals at NorthStar VETS. An extension of his passion for exotics is his interest in zoo animals and wildlife. He has worked with a variety of unusual species throughout his career, including kinkajous, kangaroos, and giraffes. Dr. Grootenboer is a firm believer in the idea that all animals are equally important no matter how small or short-lived and to their parents these pets mean as much as a dog or cat would.

He lives in Princeton, NJ with his cat Penny, rat, and hamster. When not working, Dr. Grootenboer likes to stay active whether that means going to the gym or for a bike ride/hike. He also likes to play the drums in his spare time. Each fall, Dr. Grootenboer becomes a bit difficult to reach on Sundays as he cheers for his favorite football team, the Miami Dolphins.

Cat Owner Workshop

14. Hands-on - Making Cat Toys with Catnip

Presented by Marci Rubin,
Pathways to Adult Living

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Join us to prepare easy homemade cat toys with catnip for your sweet cat.

Presenter: Marci Rubin

This workshop will be facilitated by Marci Rubin, a Teacher who runs the Pathways to Adult Living (PAL) program in Sayreville, NJ. PAL is coordinated by the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey, open to students who have completed their high school academic requirements. It provides a transitional program for students 18-21 years old who are developmentally disabled. PAL students make natural homemade dog treats and sell them throughout the community.

Dog Owner Workshop

15. Tricks & Treat!

Presented by Rebecca Potosky,
Rutgers Animal Care

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Learn the basic steps to training your pet using positive reinforcement methods. This workshop will cover luring, shaping and capturing behaviors, as well as how to communicate with your pet to teach basic obedience, manners and tricks!

Presenter: Rebecca Potosky

Rebecca grew up around animals of all kinds, small and large. A graduate of Rutgers University's Animal Science program, she currently works at Rutgers in Animal Care, and teaches the Small Ruminant Practicum, an Animal Science course.

In addition to her livestock experience, Rebecca also is an avid dog agility competitor and trainer. When she isn't coaching and training others dogs, she enjoys playing with her own, and has been very successful, competing at the AKC National Agility Championships, medalist at the UKI US Open, as well as finalist for the last three years at the Westminster Master Agility Championships. You might have seen her and her dogs on TV, in print, or at various festivals, fairs and camps where they perform agility, tricks, and canine flying disc.

Rebecca believes in using positive reinforcement techniques in training to teach a dog to love learning, and build the bond between dog and owner.




Dog and Cat Owner Workshop

16. Smart Decisions in the Dog & Cat Food Aisle

Presented by Dr. Martha Cline,
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

Read Workshop Description

This non-branded talk will review some of the regulations behind pet food and popular pet food fads. We will also discuss how to best assess pet food quality and determine if a food is right for your pet.

Presenter: Dr. Martha Cline

Dr. Martha Cline is a board-certified veterinary nutritionists with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She practices veterinary nutrition at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ where she has been for the past 5 years. Dr. Cline completed her veterinary medicine degree at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine followed by a one year internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ. She then returned to the University of Tennessee to complete a two year residency in small animal clinical nutrition.

Pet Owner Workshop

17. Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Presented by Sherri Lynn,
Somerset CART

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In this workshop, participants will receive instructions and materials for preparing a "Go Kit" for their pets before disaster strikes.

Presenter: Sherri Lynn

Sherri Lynn took an early retirement from Information Technology to pursue her passion of working with animals and giving them a voice. She is the founder of Reiki Paws and has been performing Reiki on animals (and their people) for over 10 years. In addition to her regular clients, Sherri has done work with Best Friends Animal Society, Sammy's Hope, Mount Olive TNR & Somerset Regional. She has also given presentations on Reiki and Animals to the 4H cat club and at the Hillsborough Library.

In addition to working with companion animals, Sherri has also worked with several wild and farm animals including Cheetah, Donkey, Bull, Rattlesnake, Giraffe, Bear, Black Vulture and many more. She is a Certified Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor, NJ Certified Animal Control Officer, former Board Chair of Somerset Regional, Director of the Somerset County Animal Response Team, Red Rover Volunteer and Tri-State Bird Rescue Volunteer. Sherri played a significant role during Hurricane Irene in Manville's temporary animal shelter where they cared for approximately 75 animals for 10 days. If there are animals around, chances are Sherri's not far behind.

Cat Owner Workshop

18. Introduction to Feline Body Language

Presented by Karen Fazio,
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

Read Workshop Description

Improving the human-cat bond through enhanced communication

Cats are constantly communicating with their environment and those who live in it. They do this by conveying to us their emotional state through small, often subtle body movements involving the eyes, mouth, head, tail, ears as well as the manners in which they distribute their body weight.
Some of the most common -- yet mysterious -- behavioral problems affecting our lives with cats can be the result of erroneous perceptions of feline language. Some of these issues may include inter-cat aggression, litterbox issues, hissing, growling, scratching, among others.

Many behavioral issues can be avoided or even ameliorated through a comprehension of how our feline companions communicate so that we may respond accordingly to their wants, fears and emotional needs.

This 45-minute discussion will guide attendees through a pictorial PowerPoint presentation of common feline body language signals as well as the messages that are being conveyed. Presentation is followed by a brief Q&A session.

Presenter: Karen M. Fazio

Karen M. Fazio, CDBC is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Fear FreeTM animal professional with nearly fifteen years experience working with complex psychological and behavioral issues affecting dogs and cats. Karen specializes in aggression, fears, learning deficits, destructive behaviors as well as medical causes of behavior.

Fazio is the Director of Behavior at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital and owner of The Dog Super Nanny professional dog (and cat) training, both located in Monmouth County, NJ.

Her expertise in the field of animal behavior is nationally recognized and has earned her a syndicated pet column and blog on NJ.com. Karen is a contributing writer for Inside Jersey magazine and has been a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Living Channel on SiriusXM and WOR public radio.






SESSION #4: 2:10 PM - 2:55 PM


Pet Owner Workshop

19. Reiki Basics for Animals

Presented by Sherri Lynn,
Reiki Master and Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor

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Participants will learn the basics of Reiki for Animals. They will learn what Reiki is, how it is performed, and how it benefits animals and their people.

Presenter: Sherri Lynn

Sherri Lynn took an early retirement from Information Technology to pursue her passion of working with animals and giving them a voice. She is the founder of Reiki Paws and has been performing Reiki on animals (and their people) for over 10 years. In addition to her regular clients, Sherri has done work with Best Friends Animal Society, Sammy's Hope, Mount Olive TNR & Somerset Regional. She has also given presentations on Reiki and Animals to the 4H cat club and at the Hillsborough Library.

In addition to working with companion animals, Sherri has also worked with several wild and farm animals including Cheetah, Donkey, Bull, Rattlesnake, Giraffe, Bear, Black Vulture and many more. She is a Certified Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor, NJ Certified Animal Control Officer, former Board Chair of Somerset Regional, Director of the Somerset County Animal Response Team, Red Rover Volunteer and Tri-State Bird Rescue Volunteer. Sherri played a significant role during Hurricane Irene in Manville's temporary animal shelter where they cared for approximately 75 animals for 10 days. If there are animals around, chances are Sherri's not far behind.

Bird and Small Animal Owner Workshop

20. Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Environmental Enrichment

Presented by Dr. Brynn McCleery,
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

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To provide the best level of care for our exotic animal pets, we must also consider their behavioral and psychological needs. This workshop evaluates ways that owners can provide environmental enrichment to birds and exotic companion mammals including but not limited to rabbits, ferrets, and rodents. We will discuss normal behaviors of animals in the wild and ways we can allow our pets to express these behaviors in a captive environment. There will be an emphasis on positive reinforcement, captive foraging, and safe toy making.

Presenter: Dr. Brynn McCleery

Dr. Brynn McCleery is head of the Avian & Exotics Department at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists followed by a dual-residency in avian and exotic companion mammal practice at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. During her career, Dr. McCleery has served as a consulting veterinarian for a variety of rescue groups and zoos including Bunny Buddies Rescue, Zoo Knoxville, Bright's Zoo, American Eagle Foundation, Tiger Haven, and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Dr. McCleery is board-certified in Avian Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Pet Owner Workshop

21. Caring for Older Pets

Presented by Dr. Ernest Rogers,
Animal Forensic Investigations LLC

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Older pet health longevity begins with appropriate preventative health of the puppy or kitten. Review of regular visits for the older pet is critical for geriatric wellness. A review of the issues of concern for both the pet owner and the veterinarian will be reviewed.

Presenter: Dr. Ernest Rogers

Ernest Rogers has been working in veterinary medicine since the age of 9 years as a kennel person, technician or veterinarian. Currently he performs investigations, gives expert testimony and practices as a general veterinary practitioner. He has been involved with multiple cases for law enforcement and defense as an expert witness, crime scene investigator, medical examiner and pathologist and a consultant.

He has certifications in Medical Investigation (CMI-Level V, American College of Forensic Examiner Institute, 2013-2017), Crime Investigator (CCI, ACFEI, 2015-2017) and was granted the Diplomate Status for the American Board of Forensic Medicine, (ACFEI 2014-2017) He has been a part of the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Humane Police) for more than 6 year and he owns an investigation company, Animal Forensic Investigations LLC (2012).




Fish Owner Workshop

22. Koi Ponds 101:
Ecosystem Pond Building Basics

Presented by Clayton Graba,
A Frog's Dream

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Thinking about building a pond, just not sure where to start? We will dive into the main components of an ecosystem fish pond and their importance to the ecosystem you're creating. You’ll leave with a basic understanding of the pond building process from planning to introducing your new fish friends.

Presenter: Clayton Graba

Over the last 18 years, Clay has been involved in landscaping and aquascaping, which led him to his passion, pond building and opening A Frog's Dream in 2006. His true passion is to create works of art for others to enjoy and marvel at in the privacy of their own backyards.

Cat Owner Workshop

23. Trap-Neuter-Return:
Master the Art of Chasing Tail

Presented by Valerie Wilson,
People for Animals

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This workshop will cover:

  • Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) basics
  • Dealing with kittens
  • Colony care basics, such as best practices for trapping, feeding, sheltering, and monitoring the colony for newcomers and illnesses
  • Diplomatic solutions for dealing with nuisance complaints from neighbors
  • Tips and tricks for trapping even the slyest of cats

Presenter: Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson has been working with People for Animals Spay/Neuter clinics for the most part of 7 years. Her positions at PFA have varied but for the past several years have focused on Community Cat programs and feline care and transport programs. She also has a passion for low-stress handling of animals, especially those in animal sheltering systems.

Valerie has worked and volunteered with many types of animal welfare establishments. She says the most exciting was volunteering at an emergency shelter for 300 dogs after last year's Hurricane Harvey in Texas. She says she will from now on save her vacation time for disaster relief. Valerie has 4 cats and three large goldfish she cares for at home.

Pet Owner Workshop

24. Volunteering with Animals

Presented by Amelia Valente,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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Dive into the world of working with animals! You will learn about several volunteer opportunities available in New Jersey and the tri-state area. This talk will be covering topics that include volunteer requirements, prerequisites, time commitments, and benefits within both domestic and wild animal organizations. This talk will be valuable for those interested in becoming a volunteer or who plan on building a career working with animals.

Presenter: Amelia Valente

Amelia Valente is the Program Assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County: 4-H Youth Development. Amelia has been a part of the 4-H staff team for the past two years and is the proud liaison to the 4-H Animal and Cloverbud project areas. As a youth, Amelia was an active 4-H member and she successfully raised several small animals including rodents, rabbits, amphibians, and arthropods. Amelia spent her childhood summers volunteering at places that include veterinary offices, farms, and animal shelters. She received her Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Wildlife Management at Delaware Valley University. During her college career, she had the honor of interning at two zoos, primarily working with critically endangered mammals. Amelia continues to volunteer with animals, specifically in Wildlife Rehabilitation and she holds a senior care staff title at a NJ Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She is grateful to have the opportunity to present at the Rutgers University Pet Care School.






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