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The 2014 Global Pet Expo will run from March 12-14 in Orlando, Florida. The event is the largest of its kind and draws more than 5,300 pet product sales representatives, sales managers, buyers, and manufacturers each year. The 2013 edition featured more than 2,600 booths exhibiting thousands of new and innovative products. Special product sections for 2014 include Natural Pet, The Boutique, Everything Aquatic, and What's New.
While the show is not open to the general public, it is a great opportunity for pet industry professionals to network and view the most current product offerings.
The city of Chicago has passed an anti-puppy mill ordinance that bans pet stores from selling dogs, cats, or rabbits that were obtained from large scale commercial breeders. Stores will be required to offer animals sourced from humane societies, animal shelters, city pounds, or rescue groups.
More than 40 other major cities in North America have enacted similar bans including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Chicago pet stores have until March of 2015 to comply with the new ordinance.
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 DCRC Reproduction Awards. The awards honor dairy farmers that have demonstrated superior reproductive management in their herds through successful management practices, attention to reproductive biology, and targeted culling.
Program winners are divided into four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention. Last year's award program had 47 nominees and 16 winners, with five of those winners achieving the coveted Platinum designation.
Nominations must be submitted by an industry professional (such as a veterinarian, veterinary pharmaceutical sales representative, or extension agent). The deadline to submit a nomination is April 15.
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The 2014 Association of Professional Humane Educators Conference will be held from February 27-28 in Dallas, Texas. The event includes lectures, meetings, vendors, charity auctions, and dinners. This is an excellent networking opportunity for humane educators and those who have an interest in the field.
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The 43rd annual American Farrier's Convention will take place in Reno, Nevada from February 24-28, 2014. The event includes lectures, demonstrations, competitions, and hands-on learning activities. Farriers can earn as many as 26 continuing education credit hours through participation in this convention.
The 11th annual National Animal Law Competitions will be hosted by Northwestern University School of Law from February 21-23, 2014. Law students from across the United States will compete both individually and in groups. Three separate competitions will be offered: Appellate Moot Court, Closing Argument, and Legislative Drafting & Lobbying.
This is a great opportunity for aspiring animal lawyers to learn about the field and network with current industry professionals.
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The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is currently accepting applications for its Veterinary Scholarship Program. Applicants must be veterinary students in their first, second, or third year of study at a U.S. veterinary college. The application form can be submitted online and includes essay questions.
In addition to the regular AVMF scholarships, two specialty scholarships will be awarded in 2014. The first is a $2,500 award from the Winn Feline Foundation, designated for a third or fourth year student with a strong interest in feline veterinary medicine. The second is a $500 award from the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation, designated for a second or third year female student.
The 86th annual Western Veterinary Conference will be hosted by the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from February 16-20, 2014. The conference draws approximately 14,500 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other animal health professionals each year. More than 1,000 hours of continuing education credit will be scheduled during the event.
The WVC also features a trade show and product exhibition, with more than 500 individual participants. Additional options for attendees include live entertainment, a 5K fun run, and receptions.
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The 138th annual Westminster Dog Show runs from February 10-11, 2014. The first annual Masters Agility Championship was hosted on February 8. The Westminster show is widely considered to be the most prestigious dog show of the year and always draws the top dogs, judges, and handlers.
The show features three new breeds for 2014: the Rat Terrier, the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, and the Chinook. The show will be televised on CNBC (Monday 8-11pm ET) and USA (Tuesday 8-11pm ET).
The Aquaculture America conference and trade show will be held in Seattle from February 9-12. The conference is the only event of its kind in the United States and draws many aquaculture industry professionals each year.
The conference schedule includes a wide variety of educational events, seminars, producer meetings, and research presentations. In addition, more than 200 booths will feature products and services targeted for the aquaculture industry.