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Mary Hope Kramer

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Beef Cattle Symposium

Monday May 26, 2014

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Iowa State University will host the 4th International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare from July 16-18, 2014. The popular event brings together many industry stakeholders including beef producers, veterinarians, processors, extension agents, educators, government regulators, animal scientists, and students. A panel of international experts will discuss current welfare and management concerns, stress management techniques, topics in bovine lameness, and more.

Registration is available now, with special discounts being offered to those who register before July 1. A live webcast option is available to those unable to attend in person. Each attendee will receive 14.5 continuing education credits at the conclusion of the event.

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SuperZoo in Las Vegas

Thursday May 22, 2014

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SuperZoo, the major pet retail industry trade show, will open in just two months. The event runs from July 22-24, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Registration for attendees is now open online. The 2013 show featured 985 exhibitors and drew more than 14,000 attendees. SuperZoo is a highly anticipated event for pet product sales reps, sales managers, and store owners.

The 2014 keynote speaker is Daymond John from ABC's Shark Tank. While the 190,000 square foot trade show exhibition is undeniably the main event, attendees may also be interested in other features such as the SuperShow competition for dog groomers, SuperZoo University classes on pet retail management, the "Idea Pet Store," award ceremonies, and a concert featuring the Doobie Brothers.

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Careers in Horse Racing

Sunday May 18, 2014

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Triple Crown fever is building with the success of California Chrome, and interest in horse racing career paths has also surged in recent weeks. You might be surprised at the variety of careers that are actually available in the industry beyond the obvious "owner, trainer, and jockey" options.

Racetracks employ horsemen's bookkeepers to handle funds, outriders to ensure safety during morning workouts, starters to supervise the gate crew, racing stewards to enforce rules, racing secretaries to create the schedule of races, and horse identifiers to verify that the correct horse starts in a race.

Jockeys hire agents to manage their career and valets to manage race day duties. Trainers hire exercise riders for workouts, hot walkers to cool horses out after the workouts are complete, and grooms to provide daily care. And don't forget about the farriers and veterinarians that provide general health care. There really are many options for those interested in becoming a part of the racing industry.

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Aquaculture Certificate Program

Wednesday May 14, 2014

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The Northeast Maritime Institute (in Massachusetts) has announced a new aquaculture certificate program that will be offered in the fall of 2014. The program will cover marine biology, marine safety, global aquaculture, small boat handling, government regulations, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a variety of aquaculture related facilities and participate in a one week co-op work placement.

Tuition for the nine week program is $3,725. Additional details and registration information are available on the Institute's website.

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Wetlands Conservation Map

Sunday May 11, 2014

May is American Wetlands Month, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its completion of a digital map of the wetlands in the United States. The high quality digital map includes the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and a third of Alaska. It can be directly accessed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website.

The map will be a valuable tool for conservationists, wildlife biologists, fish and game wardens, wildlife technicians, government agencies, and others involved with wetlands preservation and data collection.

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Online Equine Courses

Tuesday May 6, 2014

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The University of Guelph is offering several equine courses online during a summer session that begins May 12. Summer equine course offerings include advanced anatomy, finance & risk management, nutrition, exercise physiology, behavior, and environmental management. Each course runs for a period of twelve weeks.

Students should be sure to set aside at least 6 to 10 hours per week to complete assignments and coursework. Fees vary by course but start at $495 Canadian. Those interested in pursuing an equine career (or those already working in the equine industry) may find these educational opportunities useful.

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Pet Invention Funding Contest

Friday May 2, 2014

Venture capital group WayFounder has announced a new annual competition that will seek entries from pet product inventors and mobile app designers.

The WayFounder Competition winner in the pet category will receive a $10,000 cash award, a commitment from WayFounder to spend up to $50,000 to bring the product to market, and a 5 percent royalty on sales. If the product is successful a CEO will be hired to scale the business and the inventor will receive a 5 percent founder's equity.

Entries must be submitted by June 1, and only one idea may be submitted per person in the pet category. A small entry fee ($10) must accompany the proposal. The company plans to offer 3 to 4 competitions per year.

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Blog Paws Conference

Tuesday April 29, 2014

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The fifth annual Blog Paws Conference will be held in Las Vegas from May 8-10, 2014. This social media and marketing event draws many animal writers, editors, bloggers, and pet enthusiasts each year.

The agenda for this year's conference includes a variety of speakers, networking opportunities, educational exhibits, award presentation events, and parties. Registration is available through the first day of the conference, with fees for individual bloggers ranging from $99 for a one day pass to $229 for a full 3 day conference pass.

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Novartis Animal Health Sold

Thursday April 24, 2014

In a move that will be of interest to those in the animal health and veterinary pharmaceutical fields, Eli Lilly has announced that it will acquire Novartis Animal Health for $5.4 billion.

Lilly will strengthen its own Elanco animal health division with this purchase. Novartis assets include a portfolio of more than 600 products, several manufacturing and development sites, and more than 3,000 employees.

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New Animal Health Subsidiary

Saturday April 19, 2014

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Premune, an animal health company based in Sweden, is moving forward with plans to open a U.S. subsidiary. The new division will be located in New York, and will have a staff of 30 by the time it opens for business in July 2014. Premune is currently developing a preventive treatment for canine allergies and several other products for the companion animal market.

This news may be of interest to those involved in veterinary pharmaceutical sales.

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