Rutgers Pet Care School

Rutgers Pet Care School


Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 9:00am - 3:30pm
Hickman Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ



Do you have a best friend with fur, feathers, or scales?

Do you work with animals as a vet tech, trainer, pet sitter, dog walker, groomer, or animal control officer?

Would you like to learn practical information from recognized animal experts about how to keep the animals in your care happy and healthy?

Rutgers Pet Care School is a great way to become a better pet parent or professional! With 18 workshops to choose from, you can create your own schedule for a customized learning experience that will heighten your caretaking skills and deepen your bond with the animals in your life.

For pet owners, learn how to optimize your pet's quality of life and enhance your relationship with your animal(s) by gaining new knowledge from respected veterinarians, trainers, behaviorists, and other experts.

For pet professionals, invest in a day of education to learn new skills that will help you do your job better, show your clients how much you value their animals, and remind your employer how dedicated you are to your career. Plus, members of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) can earn 5 CEUs for their attendance at Pet Care School.

NEW FOR 2020! We are excited to offer a Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course (offered as a double session in the morning or afternoon)! Complete this 3-hour course to learn lifesaving skills and earn an American Safety & Health Institute certification card.

We also have lots of other new workshops on the schedule, along with a few returning favorites. Download the Workshop Grid (PDF) to see them all!



Pet Care School Agenda


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

9:00am - 10:15am: Workshop Session #1

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


  • 1. Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course *Double session - runs until 12PM; additional $50 fee applies*
  • 2. Improving Pet Quality of Life with Weight Management
  • 3. Essentials of Exotic Pet Ownership: When Dogs and Cats Just Don't Cut It
  • 4. Any Dog Can Learn Tricks: Foundations for Dog Training
  • 5. So You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild Animal - What to Do Next

10:30am - 11:45am: Workshop Session #2

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


  • 6. Cultivating Animal Protection in the Garden State: How Pet Parents Can Make a Big Difference
  • 7. Reiki Healing for Animals
  • 8. Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Environmental Enrichment
  • 9. Dog Bite Awareness: Prevention and Safety Measures

12:00pm - 12:30pm: Lunch and visit exhibitor/sponsor tables


12:45pm - 2:00pm: Workshop Session #3

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


  • 10. Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course *Double session - runs until 4:00PM; additional $50 fee applies*
  • 11. Marketing vs. Science: Pet Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions
  • 12. Animals and Emergencies
  • 13. Your Pet's Breath: A Clue to What's Inside!
  • 14. Fundamentals of Learning Psychology for Animal Trainers

2:15pm - 3:30pm: Workshop Session #4

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


  • 15. Helping Pets Grow Older Gracefully
  • 16. Aggression in Dogs: Causes and Treatment
  • 17. Volunteering with Animals
  • 18. Be the Person Your Cat Thinks You Are



Pet Care School Details

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DATE / TIME / LOCATION / PARKING

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Time: Check-in activities will take place between 8:00am - 9:00am. The program will run from 9:00am - 3:30pm.

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; Additional $50 fee applies if you are taking the Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course (Workshop #1 or #10)

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 March 27 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.


IAABC CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS

Rutgers Pet Care School has been approved for 5 CEUs (Lecture Hours) by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Visit www.iaabc.org to learn more or join this professional organization!


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. The Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course runs as a double session, so if you choose that, you will only need to choose two other workshops.

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SESSION #1: 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM


1. Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course

Pet First Aid & CPR Workshop

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

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*This is a double session that runs until 12PM. An additional $50 fee applies to cover the cost of your training manual, certification card, and certificate of completion. Limited to 25 participants.*

In this workshop, our Certified Pet First Aid and CPR instructors will teach you the steps for taking care of pets in the event of an emergency. We present the techniques needed to control an animal in distress, while still being able to show the love and support needed to treat their injuries until proper medical help can be obtained.

In the First Aid portion of the course, you will learn how to check for and treat injuries, including scene safety, choking, heat and cold emergencies, poisoning, impaled objects, bandaging, splinting, and much more.

In the CPR portion of the course, you will be instructed in the proper techniques of rescue breathing, pulse check, and compressions. You will have the opportunity to practice your skills on a dog and cat mannequin.

All students will get a pet first aid and CPR student manual, an American Safety & Health Institute certification card, a Certificate of Completion, a quick reference card, and a basic first aid training kit.

Presenter: 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 #3 & 4, from 1pm-4pm.

2. Improving Pet Quality of Life with Weight Management

Pet Weight Management

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

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More than 50% of our dogs and cats have excess body weight, which impacts both their quality of life and life span. In this seminar, we will discuss practical tips to put into practice at home to help your pet achieve a healthy body weight.

Presenter: Dr. Martha Cline

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.

3. Essentials of Exotic Pet Ownership:
When Dogs and Cats Just Don't Cut It

Exotic Pets Workshop

Presented by Matthew R. Grootenboer, VMD
Avians & Exotics, NorthStar Vets

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In this lecture, learn the most important information regarding the ownership and care of some of the more common exotic pet species! Don't be afraid to branch out! This lecture will help you to understand the special details surrounding the physiology, diet, lifestyle, and common medical problems of all of the coolest species you could own. (No offense to dogs and cats, but you know it's true!)

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.




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

Foundations of Dog Training Workshop

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. This workshop will cover luring, shaping, and capturing behaviors. Plus, you will leave with strategies for 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 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.

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

Wild Animal Rescue Workshop

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 #2: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM


6. Cultivating Animal Protection in the Garden State:
How Pet Parents Can Make a Big Difference

Animal Protection Workshop

Presented by Brian Hackett,
NJ State Director, Humane Society of the United States

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Your pet is a cherished part of your family. Join us for this engaging presentation to 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 work together to make our state a better place for both animals and people, and make NJ the humane state!

Presenter: 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.

7. Reiki Healing for Animals



Animal Reiki Workshop

Presented by Sherri Lynn,
Founder, Reiki Paws

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Complementary to traditional veterinary care, the Japanese healing modality called Reiki offers many benefits to animals. Participants will learn what Reiki is, how it is preformed, and how it helps animals (and their people) during all stages of life. Dozens of practical applications and examples will be presented throughout the workshop. If time permits, participants will receive a sample of what a Reiki healing session feels like.

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.




8. Avian and Exotic Companion Mammal Environmental Enrichment

Avian and Exotic Animal Enrichment Workshop

Presented by Brynn McCleery, DVM, DABVP,
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.

9. Dog Bite Awareness:
Prevention and Safety Measures

Dog Bite Awareness Workshop

Presented by Karen Fazio, CDBC,
Director of Behavior, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, The Dog Super Nanny

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Whether you take your pet to a public dog park, foster animals who may have socialization issues, or work as a professional groomer or vet tech, you may find yourself in a situation with a potentially dangerous dog. For owners of dogs with aggressive tendencies or guarding instincts, the increasing prevalence of delivery people coming to your house for services such as Door Dash and Uber Eats, among others, means that the risk of bites is likely to increase as well. This workshop will provide you with best practices for preventing bites as well as effective self-defense strategies if you ever need to protect yourself from an attack.

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: 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM


10. Pet First Aid & CPR Certification Course

Pet First Aid & CPR Workshop

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

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*This is a double session that runs until 4PM. An additional $50 fee applies to cover the cost of your training manual, certification card, and certificate of completion. Limited to 25 participants.*

In this workshop, our Certified Pet First Aid and CPR instructors will teach you the steps for taking care of pets in the event of an emergency. We present the techniques needed to control an animal in distress, while still being able to show the love and support needed to treat their injuries until proper medical help can be obtained.

In the First Aid portion of the course, you will learn how to check for and treat injuries, including scene safety, choking, heat and cold emergencies, poisoning, impaled objects, bandaging, splinting, and much more.

In the CPR portion of the course, you will be instructed in the proper techniques of rescue breathing, pulse check, and compressions. You will have the opportunity to practice your skills on a dog and cat mannequin.

All students will get a pet first aid and CPR student manual, an American Safety & Health Institute certification card, a Certificate of Completion, a quick reference card, and a basic first aid training kit.

Presenter: 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 & 2, from 9am-12pm.

11. Marketing vs. Science: Pet Nutrition Myths and Misconceptions

Pet Nutrition Workshop

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

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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 lecture, 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.

Presenter: Dr. Martha Cline

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.

12. Animals and Emergencies



Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Pets Owners

Presented by Sherri Lynn, Director,
Somerset County Animal Response Team

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The Director of the Somerset County Animal Response Team will lead a discussion on the types of emergencies that can affect you and your animals. Participants will learn about individual, local, regional, and larger scale emergencies that can cause disruption in how their pets are cared for. Who would care for your pet(s) if you can't make it home? Handouts will be provided to assist in the emergency planning and recovery process.

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 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.




13. Your Pet's Breath: A Clue to What's Inside!

Pet Oral Hygiene Workshop

Presented by Melanie Hunt, DVM,
Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery Resident, Oakhurst Animal Hospital

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Your pet's breath can be reflective of your pet's oral and systemic health. This lecture will focus on looking inside the mouth and detecting any potential health problems early, when they can most easily be treated. We will also review how to evaluate the variety of veterinary dental home care products available today to proactively help keep your pet's mouth healthy. We will discuss how to decide which product(s) might be right for you and your pet.

Presenter: Dr. Melanie Hunt

Dr. Melanie Hunt graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts before returning to New Jersey. She has worked in New Jersey as a small animal general practitioner for 20 years before joining Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in 2018.

Dr. Hunt has a special interest in dentistry and oral surgery. She is very passionate about saving teeth. That includes being proactive with oral care both at home customized for each individual pet and being proactive with professional cleanings to avoid losing teeth! Every year, Dr. Hunt pursues additional training in veterinary dentistry on new or advanced dental techniques for pets.

14. Fundamentals of Learning Psychology for Animal Trainers

Animal Psychology Workshop for Trainers

Presented by Ernest Rogers, DVM, PhD
Maplewood Animal Hospital, Owner of Forensic Investigations LLC

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This lecture will review the basic types of animal learning, fundamentals, positive reinforcement, and negative reinforcement. The timing, type, and nature of the reinforcement to ensure maximum effectiveness will also be discussed.

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).






SESSION #4: 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM


15. Helping Pets Grow Older Gracefully

Preventative Health Care for Pets

Presented by Ernest Rogers, DVM, PhD
Maplewood Animal Hospital, Owner of Forensic Investigations LLC

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Older pet health longevity begins with appropriate preventative health of the puppy or kitten. This workshop will review the important preventative health care visits for pets to ensure they live their best life and remain healthy for their whole life. Topics to be discussed include appropriate vaccines, products to assist in growing up healthy, the best schedules to follow for veterinary visits, and issues for pets as they grow from pediatric to geriatric.

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).

16. Aggression in Dogs: Causes and Treatment

Dog Aggression Workshop

Presented by Karen Fazio, CDBC,
Director of Behavior, Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, The Dog Super Nanny

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There are many reasons why a dog may display an aggressive behavioral response. The most common are those related to genetics, socialization, and past experiences. However, there are many other explanations, and many of them are related to underlying medical issues. This workshop will explore the many causes of aggression, what symptoms to look out for, what owners should be reporting to their vet, and the most effective treatment strategies for those that are behaviorally-based.

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.




17. Volunteering with Animals

Volunteering with Animals Workshop

Presented by Amelia Valente,
4-H Program Assistant, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County

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Learn about 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.

18. Be the Person Your Cat Thinks You Are

Cat Owner Workshop

Presented by Valerie Wilson,
People for Animals

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Learn about the health and behavior basics of your feline friend. Topics include: providing enrichment, dietary basics, litter box habits, and basic health requirements. We will also discuss some specific tips on getting your kitty to vet even when they don't want to go!

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.


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