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Large Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop Oct. 20!

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Dr. Karen Waite is an Equine Extension Specialist in Michigan. She teaches a variety of equine courses and is the Past President of the American Youth Horse Council, President of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association and is a carded judge with the ABRA, and POAC. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Animal Science, and a Master’s Degree in Animal Science with a nutrition emphasis, as well as a Doctoral degree in Sports Psychology with an emphasis on equestrian sport and activity.

Come to Battle Creek this fall to learn about large animal handling and investigations! Dr. Karen Waite, a respected equine specialist with Michigan State University Extension and MSU faculty member, will lead a panel of large animal experts in a unique daylong workshop on cruelty investigation and handling of horses, dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. This special course is ideal for animal control officers and animal cruelty investigators, and is designed to provide a solid basis in animal husbandry along with investigation information in a small group (20) setting.

Dr. Judy Marteniuk earned her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  After a period of time in general practice, where she mostly worked on food animals and horses, she came to MSU for a large-animal residency and a master’s degree in nutrition.  She stayed on to become a member of the faculty at MSU.

Dr. Judy Marteniuk earned her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After a period of time in general practice, where she mostly worked on food animals and horses, she came to MSU for a large-animal residency and a master’s degree in nutrition. She stayed on to become a member of the faculty at MSU.

The course will be taught half in the classroom, half on local farms! Learn about safe handling and investigations involving these types of animals in an action-packed full-day session from MSUE’s Dr. Waite, Kevin Gould, Tom Guthrie, Michael Metzger, and large animal veterinarian Dr. Judith Marteniuk. This course has been approved by the MDARD-Animal Industry Division for Michigan Animal Control Officer training hours. 

Kevin Gould is the Michigan State University Extension Beef Educator for west-central Michigan. His programs focus on nutrition and animal health.

The workshop is part of Day 2 of the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference, October 19-20, 2015 at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. Visit this site in the days ahead for information on our fabulous line-up of speakers and sessions: 44 in all! Online registration opens in August and brochures will be mailed statewide then too. REGISTER EARLY if you want one of only 20 spots in the large animal daylong workshop. Remember that the conference SOLD OUT last year, so don’t miss registering when August arrives. The conference is co-hosted by MPAW and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers. We WELCOME our colleagues from across the Great Lakes region–come on over, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Canada, and beyond!

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