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Natural Disasters. What about the Animals?

Fall 2011 - Human-Animal Bond Conference

Date & Time
Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Clinton County Emergency Management Office Clinton County Courthouse 612 North 2nd Street, Suite 105 Clinton, IA 52732

Why Attend?
Learn about Hurricane Katrina and the Greensburg tornado. Also find out what may happen to your pets and other animals when a disaster strikes and discover how to be better prepared.

Who Should Participate?

Animal Owners Staff of Pet-related Organizations Public Safety Personnel (Police, Fire Fighters, Health Care Providers, etc.)

Conference Information

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will be holding this conference on their campus. They have been gracious enough to offer this conference via live-stream webcast as well, which is how it will be presented at the Emergency Management Office.

Conference Schedule
8:30 a.m. Greetings - Dr. Gary Pierzynski, Interim Dean, KSU College of Agriculture; Interim Director of K-State Research and Extension, Dr. Emily Lehning, Assistant Vice President, New Student Services, Kansas State Book Network Committee Member Book Review - Zeitoun written by Dave Eggers - Dr. Greg Eiselein First Hand Account of Handling Animals Following Katrina - Dr. Joseph Taboda Break Invisible Pet Owners - Lessons Learned from Katrina - Ms. Lisa Greenhill Lunch on your Own Lessons Learned Following the Greensburg Tornado - Dr. Christen L. Skaer Break Personal Experience at Greensburg - Ms. Pam Muntz How to be Prepared - Dr. Christen L. Skaer Concluding Remarks - Dr. Ralph Richardson, Dean, KSU College of Veterinary Medicine

8:45 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:45 p.m.

Registration Information
There is no fee for attending this webcast, however, we are asking that individuals and groups register with our office so we have an accurate count of how many will be attending. Please register no later than Monday, September 19th. We will continue to accept registrations after this date, but would appreciate earlier notice so we can ensure there will be enough seats available. To register, please call our office at 563-242-5712 or email us at Please include the number of people attending, a contact phone number and the organization being represented (if applicable).

Conference Speakers
Greg Eiselein, PhD Professor, English Department, Kansas State University Dr. Eiselein is a Professor and Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar in the Kansas State University Department of English. Lisa Greenhill, MPA Associate Executive Director for Institutional Research and Diversity, AAVMC, Washington, D.C. Ms. Greenhill received her MPA degree in public policy from George Mason University. She has 15 years experience in the public policy area with specialization in diversity, health policy and professional health education. Her research interests include environmental health policy and diversity in graduate education, specifically veterinary medicine. Pam Muntz, BS Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, Kiowa County Extension Ms. Muntz received a BS in vocational economics from Kansas State University. She has been with KState Research and Extension for 25 years and the Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Kiowa County for the past 21 years. Ms. Muntz has made her home in Greensburg for 35 years, and her pet cocker spaniel survived the Greensburg tornado in a wire kennel at the Muntz home. Christen L. Skaer, MS, DVM President/Director, Kansas State Animal Response Team, Small Animal Practitioner, Wichita, Kansas Dr. Skaer is a 1999 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced small animal medicine in Wichita, Kansas for 11 years. She is the owner of Skaer Veterinary Clinic. She is the Executive Director and President of the Board of the Kansas State Animal Response Team and the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team and manages the Kansas Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Skaer has advanced training in veterinary disaster management. Joseph Taboada, BS, DVM Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University Dr. Taboada is a graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and pursued specialty training in internal medicine by first completing an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and then a small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Taboada is currently Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs and a Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.