2016 MSU Small Ruminant Health Symposium

Maintaining the health of small ruminants in Michigan is important to keep the industry growing.

Michigan ranks 19th in the country in dollar value of small ruminant production. According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, Michigan had 27,000 head of goats and 76,000 head of sheep on January 1, 2015. The health and wellbeing of goats and sheep is very important to maintain this production.

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host the 3rd annual MSU Small Ruminant Health Symposium. Veterinarians, animal health professionals and small ruminant owners and producers are encouraged to attend the symposium to hear lectures and panels led by faculty and professionals of small ruminant health.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ray Kaplan from the University of Georgia. Dr. Kaplan is a professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kaplan received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked as a clinical veterinarian in a mixed-species private practice in Pennsylvania for several years before leaving practice for the University of Florida where he earned a PhD in veterinary parasitology. Prior to his position at University of Georgia, Dr. Kaplan served in the Army Veterinary Corps at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he was chief of parasite biology in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics. Since 1998, he has been in his current position where he teaches and performs research and service in veterinary parasitology. Dr. Kaplan’s research program is focused on measuring, understanding and solving the problem of drug resistance in helminth parasites. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (parasitology) and the European Veterinary Parasitology College and is the immediate past president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. He also is the recipient of the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the University of Georgia Charles N. Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service, and the Dr. Fred C. Davison Award for outstanding service to veterinary medicine.

Symposium topics include Sustainable Integrated Parasite Management for Small Ruminants: These Ain’t Your Father’s Parasites, and research updates on hoof health, reproduction and development, parasites and toxicology. Afternoon lab and workshop sessions include a necropsy lab, a toxic plant lab at the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, and Understanding Parasitic Life Cycles and Learning Quantitative Fecal Egg Counting. Participants can choose two of these sessions. A reception will follow at the end of the day in the atrium.

Registration is $40 per person and will include symposium proceedings, lunch and transportation to labs. The toxic plant lab costs an additional $15. Online access to the symposium costs $20 per person, and the toxic plant lab will not be available to online participants.

Please register by credit card at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine website.        

Registration is limited to 150 participants and will close on Friday, September 30 at noon. Walk-in registration on the day of the symposium will not be available, you must pre-register to attend.

Further questions should be directed to Kristine Kounelis at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Call 517-884-7816 or email Kounelis@cvm.msu.edu.

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