Rutgers Pet Care School

Rutgers Pet Care School


Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Hickman Hall, Rutgers University, 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 how to keep your pet happy and healthy?

For less than the cost of a vet visit, you can learn how to be a better pet parent at Rutgers Pet Care School! Choose three (3) workshops for a customized and unique day of learning, plus learn about pet nutrition myths and misconceptions during our morning general session and take advantage of our Ask the Vet Q&A session with Forensic Investigator Dr. Ernest Rogers.

Download the Workshop Grid (PDF) for a visual overview of the unique format for this program!



Pet Care School Agenda


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

9:00am - 10:15am: General Session - Marketing vs Science: Pet Nutrition Myths & Misconceptions

Martha G. Cline DVM, DACVN, Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist
Clinical Nutrition Department, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

 

In many circumstances, the marketing of pet food is either inconsistent or has outpaced science. This can be confusing for many pet owners. During this session, we will cover several "hot topics" in pet nutrition, including grain-free and raw meat based diets. We will also review some guidelines for selecting commercial pet food.

 

Dr. Martha Cline is a board-certified veterinary nutritionist 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.


10:30am - 11:45am: Workshop Session #1

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


  1. Pet First Aid & CPR: Learn How to Save Your Pet's Life (also offered during Session #2)
  2. Stress No More! Learn How to Improve Your Cat's Life with Low-Stress Handling and Gentle Control
  3. Do's and Don'ts of Parrot Companionship
  4. Fish Keeping: Is it an Art or Science?
  5. Small Animal Ownership Overview: Top Tips for New & Seasoned Pet Parents
  6. Common Behavioral Myths
  7. Any Dog Can Learn Tricks: Foundations for Dog Training

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch and Ask the Vet Q & A Session

Veterinarian Dr. Ernest Rogers will answer your pet questions during this interactive session! Joining him on the panel are Karen Fazio (Director of Behavior at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital) and Sherri Lynn, who is the founder of Reiki Paws and works with the Somerset County Animal Response Team.


1:15pm - 2:30pm: Workshop Session #2

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


  1. Hands-on - Making Cat Toys with Catnip
  2. Understanding Reptile Husbandry: Lighting, Diet, and More
  3. Pet First Aid & CPR: Learn How to Save Your Pet's Life (also offered during Session #1)
  4. Animal Domestication
  5. Reiki Basics for Animals
  6. Behavior Problems: The Impact on Owners
  7. So You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild Animal - What to Do Next

2:45pm - 4:00pm: Workshop Session #3

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


  1. Hands-on - Making Food Treats for Your Dogs
  2. Creating and Managing a Successful Koi Pond
  3. Caring for Older Pets
  4. Co-Existing in Harmony: How to TRULY be a Man's Best Friend
  5. Grass Roots Outreach for TNR
  6. Volunteering with Animals
  7. Disaster Preparedness for Pets



Pet Care School Details

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DATE / TIME / LOCATION / PARKING

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

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 Lot 79 or 79A, directly in front of Hickman Hall. In order to park at this location, you must request a Virtual Parking Pass for your vehicle from the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided to you via email. Please be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus. Failure to do so may result in a parking citation.


REGISTRATION FEE

$65.00 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 is available for $14.00. 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 by September 23 and will be served in the courtyard of Hickman Hall. Lunch will not be available for purchase onsite.

You are also welcome to bring your own bag lunch. There are no local food courts at this facility.


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 three sessions.

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SESSION #1: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM


Pet Owner Workshop

1. 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 title, 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.

*This workshop is also offered during Session #2.

Cat Owner Workshop

2. Stress No More! Learn How to Improve Your Cat's Life with Low-Stress Handling and Gentle Control

Presented by Valerie Wilson,
People for Animals

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No cat owner wants to see their pet stressed, never mind stressed due to handling that must be done. In this workshop, you will learn low-stress handling techniques to keep your treasured pet happy and stress free. Is going to the vet a stressful situation for you and your pet? How about nail trims or medication administration? Learn some tricks, tips, and easy training techniques to make your life easier.

Reducing stress, fear, and anxiety will reinforce the bond between you and your cat, as well as build trust and confidence.

This workshop will include:

  • Towel wrap techniques
  • Clicker training basics
  • Transporting and choosing a vet
  • Learning touch gradient and how to gently control your cat
  • Recognizing body language
  • How to generally improve your cat's life

Presenter: Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson has been working with People for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinics for the better part of 8 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. Valerie has four cats and two perfect goldfish she cares for at home.

Bird Owner Workshop

3. Do's and Don'ts of Parrot Companionship

Presented by Dan Radzik,
Lonely Grey Rescue

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Learn about challenging the long thought acceptable practices of parrot ownership to increase the quality of life in our companion parrots. This workshop will provide a fact based excursion into parrot keeping with modern husbandry based in research.

Presenter: Dan Radzik

Dan Radzik, an avid bird and parrot lover, is the founder and Executive Director of Lonely Grey Rescue. He has experience with several different species of parrots and birds alike. His knowledge base is deeply rooted in Macaws, Cockatoos, and African Greys.

Through both research and experience, Dan has developed a very unique process for working with birds/parrots. He and his volunteers work with any, and all species of parrot or bird, never accepting that "they are too far gone" to become loving members of a family. With new parrots being neglected, abused, ignored, and just plain forgotten about daily, he decided it was time for a change.

Ghandi said," The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Dan's group, along with other fellow avian rescues, are now, and will continue to be, battling for our feathered friends both large and small.




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 with 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 involved in caring for them. 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.

Dog and Cat Owner Workshop

6. Common Behavioral Myths

Presented by Karen Fazio,
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

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You shouldn't sleep with a dog. Don't ever make direct eye contact with a dog. A cat is only rubbing on you to mark you, not to show love.

These are just a few myths surrounding the subject of canine and feline behavior. But, what's true and what isn't? Karen Fazio, CDBC, Director of Behavior at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital walks attendees through some of the most popular behavior myths and provides evidence-based explanations.

Presenter: Karen M. Fazio

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




Dog Owner Workshop

7. Any Dog Can Learn Tricks: Foundations for Dog Training

Presented by Rebecca Potosky, Senior Research Animal Worker, Rutgers University- NJAES

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Learn the basic steps to training your pet using positive reinforcement methods. Learn about luring, shaping, and capturing behaviors. Learn 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 is also 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. She was a medalist at the UKI US Open, as well as a 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.






SESSION #2: 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM


Cat Owner Workshop

8. 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 and is 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

9. 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.

Pet Owner Workshop

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

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

Read Workshop Description

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 title, 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.

*This workshop is also offered during Session #1.




Pet Owner Workshop

11. Animal Domestication

Presented by Dr. Larry Katz, Rutgers University

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Animal domestication is that process by which a population of animals becomes adapted to humans and 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.

Presenter: 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.

Pet Owner Workshop

12. Reiki Basics for Animals

Presented by Sherri Lynn,
Reiki Paws

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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, and 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.

Pet Owner Workshop

13. Behavior Problems: The Impact on Owners

Presented by Karen Fazio,
Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital

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A pet's behavior is a reflection of its owner! This statement has placed great social pressure on owners of fearful and aggressive pets. Most suffering from pet-related stress and depression are afraid to seek help because they feel embarrassed to tell someone their issues are a result of their pet. Family discord, anger, and feelings of social isolation are just a few symptoms those who are struggling with a pet's behavior may grapple with. In this presentation, Karen Fazio, CDBC, Director of Behavior at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, openly discusses the emotional fallout owners may experience as a result of owning an issue pet, why stress happens, how to prevent it, and offers tips on coping and where to seek qualified help when needed.

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.



Wild Animal Rescue Workshop

14. So You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild Animal - What to Do Next

Presented by Amelia Valente,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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This class will teach you how to identify if a wild animal is in distress, the steps to rescue that animal, and the proper way to transport the animal to a wildlife rehabilitation center. You will also learn about volunteer opportunities within wildlife rehabilitation and how you can become more involved.

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.






SESSION #3: 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM


Dog Owner Workshop

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

Presented by Marci Rubin,
Pathways to Adult Living

Read Workshop Description

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 and is 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.

Fish Owner Workshop

16. Creating and Managing a Successful Koi Pond

Presented by Michael Gannon, Full Service Aquatics & Landscape

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Join this koi pond focused class hosted by koi pond professional Mike Gannon. Creating a successful koi pond is part science, part art, and the delicate balance in between. Learn the fundamentals of building a koi pond and how to equip it. Determine the best way to choose koi for your pond. Get the real deal on what to expect when becoming a koi pond keeper and how to manage them. Bring your questions for an open Q and A session with a seasoned koi pond professional on any topic within the world of koi ponds. The information presented in this class will be targeted toward koi pond keeping in zone 6/7 environments.

Presenter: Michael Gannon

Mike Gannon has been a koi pond, water garden, and water feature professional for 25+ years. Mike is the owner of Full Service Aquatics and has designed and installed hundreds of amazing water features of all sizes. Mike's passion for all things aquatic led him into the profession. He hosts "The Pond Hunter" YouTube series and "The Koi Pond Water Garden Podcast" on i-Tunes and has been featured on HGTV. Mike's company, Full Service Aquatics, is an award winning, nationally recognized water feature company based out of Summit, NJ. Mike is a New Jersey resident and is happy to share his experience and create a stronger water feature and landscape industry.

Pet Owner Workshop

17. 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 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 years and he owns an investigation company, Animal Forensic Investigations LLC (2012).




Dog Owner Workshop

18. Co-Existing in Harmony: How to TRULY be a Man's Best Friend

Presented by Lori Carscadden ("The Furry Godmother"), CPDT-KA, SAFER certified, Furry Godmother...To The Rescue LLC

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There are many things as human caretakers we do and take for granted that may inadvertently cause our doggy friends additional stressors, often resulting in undesirable behaviors. Often when trying to 'correct' certain behaviors perceived as 'bad', human guardians try to halt them in somewhat negative ways...(saying NO!, pushing butts, yanking collars, etc). In this interactive discussion, a canine behaviorist will bring you the dog's perspective, along with strategies and enrichment plans that can honor the spirit of the humans and non-humans alike...the mommies, the daddies, the doggies, and the whole families!

For anyone looking to learn how to speak better dog. For anyone looking to be a true best friend.

Presenter: "The Furry Godmother"

After working with 150+ dogs a day in the city shelter system for several years, this Furry GodMother is a canine behaviorist that views a rescue dog and their rescuers through a very different lens. This interactive session will have all participants leaving and saying out loud, "Hmm, I never thought of it like that."

Cat Owner Workshop

19. Grass Roots Outreach for TNR

Presented by Valerie Wilson,
People for Animals

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Do you know how to best connect with caretakers? Do your outreach skills need some fine-tuning? In this workshop, we will discuss how to best connect with the community in order to reach as many cats, and other pets, that are in need. You will build your listening and communication skills! Talking about spay/neuter can be tough sometimes. Learn what to say and what not to say. How do you get through to the folks that don't like to see cats in their yard? We will cover that too!

Presenter: Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson has been working with People for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinics for the better part of 8 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. Valerie has four cats and two perfect goldfish she cares for at home.

Pet Owner Workshop

20. Volunteering with Animals

Presented by Amelia Valente,
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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Learn local, national, and worldwide opportunities to work with both domestic and wild animals. This talk will include how to find opportunities, determine if they are appropriate, and how to apply.

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.





Pet Owner Workshop

21. 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, and 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.


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