Alberta Farm Animal Care Association

Conference Speakers

Frank Mitloehner

Frank Mitloehner, director of the CLEAR Center at UC Davis.

Frank Mitloehner is a Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. He received his MS degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and his PhD degree in Animal Science from Texas Technical University.

Dr. Mitloehner is an expert for agricultural air quality, livestock housing and husbandry. Overall, he conducts research that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating of air emissions from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighboring communities.

Since he joined the UC Davis faculty in 2002, he published 125 peer reviewed publications and obtained $15 million in extramural funds. Dr. Mitloehner has presented over 800 invited talks in front of national and international audiences.

Dr. Mitloehner has served as chairman of a global United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) partnership project to benchmark the environmental footprint of livestock production. He served as workgroup member on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and as member on the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee on “A Framework for Assessing the Health, Environmental, and Social Effects of the Food System”.

 

Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk

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Nina is a Professor at The University of British Columbia where she co-directs the Animal Welfare Program. Together with her colleagues and students their research focuses on assessing animal welfare and developing practical methods of improving the welfare of animals. She has published hundreds of scientific papers and is a frequent and enthusiastic speaker for academic and professional audiences.

 

 

Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted

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Rebecca (Gimenez) Husted published the first textbook on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Wiley-Blackwell) in 2008.  She is a decorated combat veteran, retired Signal Officer, US ARMY. Rebecca holds a BS in Biology from Wofford College, and a PhD in Animal Physiology from Clemson University.

She gives training in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAERTM ) techniques across the US and internationally. She has published numerous critiques, techniques and journal articles on a variety of technical subjects in large animal disaster and emergency rescue.

She is a Principal member of the Technical Committee of the NFPA Standard 150 – Animal Housing and contributes to numerous other committees and defining technical competencies for large animal rescue around the world.

 

 

Denis Nagel - Solvet

Bio coming soon!

 

Nancy Simmons - CFIA

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Nancy has been with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) since 2007 as an inspector,  an investigator, and is currently working at a large beef slaughter plant in southern Alberta which receives more than 100 transport trailers per day.

 

Nancy was also on CFIA’s national working group for the Humane Transport Manual of Procedures relating to the updated Health of Animals Regulations that came into force February 20, 2020.

 

Before joining the CFIA, Nancy worked in the large animal clinic at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and served as Special Constable for the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), including work as an enforcement coordinator with a focus on livestock transportation.

 

 

Becky Taylor

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Becky Taylor has been active in her career as a Registered Veterinary Technologist  for over 25 years. She graduated from Fairview College in 1993 and worked in a mixed animal practice until 1999 when she joined the teaching team at Olds College spending 19 years instructing in the animal health programs; AHT, VMR, VTA. She has been active on provincial and national veterinary and community organizations in many roles.

Her current role is Director of Communication and Culture with Mosaic Veterinary Partners where she actively works directly with veterinary practice staff in a supported business model to enhance patient care and client service, promote positive team culture and contribute to business prosperity.

Becky’s passion for working with people led her to her devoting much of her professional development to learning and teaching communication skills in an applied manner.  Becky completed a Master of Arts in Professional Communication through Royal Roads University which included a final research paper focusing on the communication practices of RVTs in practice. She advocates and teaches communication skills that  strengthen the relationships within teams, within organizations and between clients and veterinary service providers. She has designed and taught many courses in communication and coaches & examines veterinary students at UCVM in simulated communication settings. She has spoken extensively on the topic of communication to various groups in the animal health industry and is well respected for her enthusiasm and knowledge in that area. She is a self proclaimed Communication Nerd!

 

 

Workshop – POSTPONED

This workshop will be held at a later date in 2020, date TBD

 

Agriculture today has many touch points with the public. From conversations on social media to on-farm activism, these can be difficult, stressful encounters.  The goal of the hands-on,  four-hour workshop is to provide tools to manage these encounters and conversations.

 

Becky Taylor and Sage Pullen are returning to the LCC after a very successful presentation last year, “Navigating Tough Conversations in Animal Welfare.” In the workshop they will talk about how to have conversations with the public in a positive, constructive manner. If you are in a difficult encounter online or in person, how to proactively talk to the other person about agriculture without escalating the situation.

 

We have also invited the RCMP to join us to explain the legal rights of landowners when people come onto their property, whether as activists or to commit a crime. What are their recommendations for the best ways to handle the situation and what can you do to prepare before someone comes on to your property.

 

Sponsored by:

Becky Taylor

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Becky Taylor has been active in her career as a Registered Veterinary Technologist  for over 25 years. She graduated from Fairview College in 1993 and worked in a mixed animal practice until 1999 when she joined the teaching team at Olds College spending 19 years instructing in the animal health programs; AHT, VMR, VTA. She has been active on provincial and national veterinary and community organizations in many roles.

Her current role is Director of Communication and Culture with Mosaic Veterinary Partners where she actively works directly with veterinary practice staff in a supported business model to enhance patient care and client service, promote positive team culture and contribute to business prosperity.

Becky’s passion for working with people led her to her devoting much of her professional development to learning and teaching communication skills in an applied manner.  Becky completed a Master of Arts in Professional Communication through Royal Roads University which included a final research paper focusing on the communication practices of RVTs in practice. She advocates and teaches communication skills that  strengthen the relationships within teams, within organizations and between clients and veterinary service providers. She has designed and taught many courses in communication and coaches & examines veterinary students at UCVM in simulated communication settings. She has spoken extensively on the topic of communication to various groups in the animal health industry and is well respected for her enthusiasm and knowledge in that area. She is a self proclaimed Communication Nerd!

 

 

Sage Pullen

Coming soon!

 

Cpl. Andrew Grainger

Corporal Andrew Grainger is the Northern Alberta Livestock Investigator for the RCMP. He grew up on a small mixed farm south of Cremona, Alta. After graduation in 1993, he left the family farm and began working as a surveyor in the Alberta oil patch travelling through the province working on oil leases and pipelines. In 1995 Andrew got married, and in an effort to stay closer to home and be available to help more on the farm, he took on various part time jobs assisting local farmers with their livestock.

In 1999, Andrew and his family moved to Valleyview, Alta, to pursue his life long dream of owning his own ranch. He was able to buy affordable raw land and through a lot of hard work, made it into a functioning ranch. He co-owned and managed 1440 acres and a 350 head cow/calf operation.

In 2003, Mad Cow disease hit the Alberta livestock industry causing a crash in livestock prices. Andrew downsized his cow herd to 80 head and to make ends meet, he went back to working in the oil patch operating heavy equipment. Eventually he was hired by Canadian Crude Separators, an industry-leading oilfield waste management company.

Unhappy with life in the Alberta oil patch, he bgean looking for a change of career. For years, he had been playing rec hockey with the Valleyview RCMP/Fire Department team and had become friends with multiple RCMP members. He began volunteering as an Auxiliary Constable with the local detachment and really enjoyed the work. In 2006, Andrew joined the RCMP and went to Regina, Saskatchewan for training.

After 6 months of intense training in Regina, Andrew moved his wife and two children to his first post in Drumheller, Alberta where he worked as a General Duty uniform member. In 2012 he was transferred to Drayton Valley, working again as a General Duty uniform member until 2015 when Andrew was promoted to Corporal. At that time he was also promoted to the Northern Alberta Livestock Investigator position which he continues in to today.

S/Sgt. Jim MacDonald.

S/Sgt. MacDonald is the detachment commander at Olds, Alta.

 

More information to come!

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