KEY NOTE SPEAKERS
Animal Protection Conference and Expo prides itself on partnering with amazing speakers and educators to provide the latest animal related topics, legislation and trends.
Over the 2-day event, these speakers will share their insights and years of experience to provide the ongoing education necessary to encourage and inspire all professionals and advocates.
DR. JEFF YOUNG
Veterinarian, Owner of Planned Pethood Plus
Time: Thursday Oct. 29th 12:30-1:25pm:
Topic #1: Spay-Neuter, Still Saving Lives
Time: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 2:40-3:35pm:
Topic #2: No Kill: The Controversy Continues
Dr. Jeff Young is a charismatic hero who embodies a maverick, 'can-do' spirit while treating a wide variety of animals in Denver and beyond. Straight-talking, warm-hearted and effortlessly cool, he's one of America's busiest veterinarians. His clinic, Planned Pethood Plus, is a local landmark.
It's always a mad house in Dr. Jeff's animal house. With more than 80,000-plus clients, approximately 30 surgeries a day, 30 staff, a bustling emergency room, and a far-reaching mobile clinic, Dr. Jeff is under constant pressure to keep his staff, clients and patients both healthy and happy.
Dr. Jeff felt dismayed some veterinarians were driven by money rather than the well-being of their patients, so Dr. Jeff committed to his 'low-cost animal care for all' mission statement and moved to Denver. Working more than 100 hours a week, he built his Denver clinic and started travelling across America with his mobile clinic, which offers animal care to those who struggled to access it or can't afford it.
Dr. Jeff's biggest cause is spaying and neutering animals in an effort to control the population of cats and dogs that end up in shelters and improve health issues associated with intact pets. He provides low-cost spays and neuters for his clientele and has performed more than 165,000 surgeries.
Now 25 years later, Dr. Jeff's goal remains the same. Dr. Jeff lives and dies by his own code as rules sometimes are meant to be broken. He is not afraid to perform very difficult surgeries if he believes the outcomes could outweigh the risks. And, his loyalty to the welfare of animals sometimes calls for him to step in and remove pets from abusive owners and find them new, healthy forever homes.
Dr. Jeff always focuses on the big picture, which is why he values making a difference in Denver and across the country and beyond. Forever young at heart, Dr. Jeff loves the freedom, variety and sense of adventure that his mobile clinics offer. He has satellite clinics already in Mexico and Eastern Europe, contacts on every continent and a team that will follow him anywhere.
Founder, JaneUnchained News Network
Time: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 11:05am - 12:00pm
Topic: Jane Valez - Mitchell and Animal Welfare, A Live Interview
Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animals rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle.
For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities.
Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books. Her 2014 nonfiction New York Times bestseller, Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias offers a detailed psychological analysis of a salacious trial that gripped the American public. Her other New York Times bestseller is her memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. Secrets Can Be Murder delves into the secrecy and deceit embedded in tragic scenarios. Addict Nation: An Intervention for America with co-author Sandra Mohr focuses on our culture’s addictive nature and our obsession with overconsumption.
Velez-Mitchell directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.
DR. JAY TISCHENDORF
DVM, Wildlife Biologist, Zoonotic Disease Specialist
Time: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 3:45 - 4:40pm
Topic #1: Zoonotic Disease: How to Protect Yourself and Animals
Highlights on the Emerging Chaga's Disease Dubbed the "Heartworm of the New Millennium", Vaccines in the Anti-Vaccine World: Normal Responses vs. Bad Reactions; One Year vs. Three Year Rabies
Time: Thursday, October 29th, 4:50-5:45pm
Topic #2: Disinfection: Don't Let Your Disinfection Miss Infection
Time: Friday, October 30th, 11:05am - 12:00pm
Topic: When the Covid-19 Coast Clears, Inpacts on the Human Animal Bond, Veterinarians and the Animals, and Moving Towards the "One Health Movement"
Dr. Jay Tischendorf is a veterinarian and wildlife biologist with special interests ranging widely from anesthesia, cardiology, dermatology, and parasitology to One Health, emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses.
The founder and director of the American Ecological Research Institute (--AERIE), Dr. Tischendorf has a BS degree in Zoology from Ohio University and a DVM degree from Colorado State. With experience spanning field biology and scientific research, clinical practice, and service in the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Jay has literally worked across the entire North American continent and in Central America and Canada as well.
He is certified as an Expert Animal Cruelty Investigator and serves as scientific advisor and trainer with the National Animal Care and Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute at the University of Missouri, and the National Wildlife Control Operators Association.
Additionally he is Human-Animal Bond and Fear-Free Certified, as well as a member of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council Zoonoses Committee. Dr. Jay previously served as faculty at the University of Great Falls in Montana and is a former wildland firefighter and US Marine.
He has ongoing research projects involving large carnivores, raptors, and reptiles. He is also actively searching for the supposedly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker, teaches courses on animal immobilization, has provided volunteer veterinary care for Native American Nations, and leads an annual tracking and winter survival course in the Rocky Mountains.
He is a regular speaker at a number of veterinary medical and technical schools as well as conservation and ecological symposiums and veterinary and human medical conferences.
Attorney, Animal Law Expert, Founder - The Animal Protection Society, Animal Law Source and APAW Academy
Time: Friday, Oct. 30th, 4:50 - 5:45pm
Topic: Dangerous Dog Cases - Law, Charging, Prosecution, and Practical Aspects
Claudine Wilkins is an attorney, animal law expert, founder of Animal Law Source, past chair GA Bar Animal Law Section, co-founder GA Pet Fd. She started her career as a prosecutor in 1997 and gained national attention in one of the largest verdicts in the nation in a landmark liquor liability case involving 3 fatalities. Since 1996, she has assisted in hundreds of animal abuse cases. In 1998, she created the Animal Protection conference.
In 2009, Claudine petitioned the State Bar of Georgia to create Animal Law Section which was founded later that year.
In 2014, she founded AnimAnimal Law Source, an organization that serves as a resource for animal law professionals across the state and animallawsource.org, a website dedicated to assisting those professionals. Her continuing efforts to draft legislation protecting children and animals resulted in the passage of many state and local laws including: the Georgia Dog Fighting law, The Responsible Dog Owner Act (dangerous dog law) and the Animal Cruelty law and more.
Having trained over 5,000 professionals, she continues teaching prosecutors, judges, attorneys, police, animal control officers, veterinarians, vet techs, animal shelter staff, rescue/foster, dog trainers, students and professionals involved with animals on animal law, animal cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment, hoarding, large impound cases, equine cruelty, public safety, dangerous dog issues, dog bite cases and liability issues facing all professions involved.
Coordinator, National Link Coalition
Time: Thursday, Oct. 29th, 6:00 - 6:55pm
Topic: Improving Public Safety by Stopping Animal Cruelty: The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence in a Post-COVID World
Phil Arkow is coordinator of the National Link Coalition – the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence – and editor of its monthly LINK-Letter. He chairs the Latham Foundation’s Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project. He teaches Animal Abuse and Human Violence at the University of Florida and Animal-Assisted Therapy at Harcum and Camden County Colleges. He trains internationally and has authored or edited over 60 key reference works in human-animal interactions and violence prevention. He has founded and served with a dozen national and state veterinary, animal welfare, human-animal bond, and criminal justice organizations.
Special Agent | Office of Investigations | Office of Inspector General | United States Department of Agriculture
Topic: Anatomy Of A Dog Fight And Lessons Learned
Doug Bridges is a Special Agent with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General - Investigations (OIG-I). He began his law enforcement career as Deputy Sheriff for Baldwin County, Georgia in 1999 – 2000. He then served as Game Warden for the State of Georgia for six years before becoming a Border Patrol Agent for the United States. Following his tenure as a Border Patrol Agent, Mr. Bridges worked for Homeland Security until 2010, at which time he commenced working as a special agent for USDA’s OIG-I. He is widely recognized for his considerable expertise with animal fighting and animal welfare investigations.
Founder, Elephant Aid International
Topic: Starting a Sanctuary - Rules, Regulations and Things You Need To Know
Carol Buckley is an internationally recognized authority in the retirement, rehabilitation and welfare of captive-held elephants. Buckley creates innovative models that set new standards of care for elephants in captivity. With more than 40 years of experience working with captive-held elephants, Buckley is known for her extensive knowledge of elephant values, physiology and culture. She has developed revolutionary non-dominant management systems and holistic healthcare programs that support the recovery of elephants while ensuring their autonomy. A leading spokesperson and expert witness for elephant care and protection nationally and internationally, Buckley works with governmental agencies and private organizations to strengthen regulations protecting the welfare of elephants in captivity.
Snake Expert, Founder of Southeastern Reptile Rescue
Topic: Snakes & Reptiles: What Professionals Need To Know About Catching, Caring, Recognizing Neglect, Recording & Reporting Neglect, Info and Myths On Types Of Snake Bites & How Bites Affect Dogs, Cats And Horses
President of Southeastern Reptile Rescue, Licensed for Wildlife Education & Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Certified Master Naturalist through the University of Georgia, Contractor for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as an Alligator Agent Trapper