National Council on Pet Population Research Symposium
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When: November 18, 2019
8:30 AM
Where: Marriott Marquis
1777 Walker St
Houston, Texas  77010
United States
Contact: Kelly Anderson

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2019 Research Symposium
November 18, 2019

Marriott Marquis, Houston, TX

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Registration & Schedule of Events


9A – 10A - KEYNOTE - Neutralization of an Allergen in Cat Hair and Dander through a Cat Food Diet
Ebenezer Satyaraj, PhD, Director, Molecular Nutrition, Nestle Purina Petcare

10 – 10:30A -  The Genomics of The American Mutt: How Genes Affect Appearance and Behavior In Mixed-Breed Dogs
Jessica Heckman, Postdoctoral Associate, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

10:30 – 11A -  The Use of Trazodone Hydrochloride to Reduce Stress in Dogs During the Transition Period into a Municipal Animal Shelter
Jennifer Abrams, Senior Manager, Behavior and Volunteer Programs, Animal Care Centers of NY

11:00A - AM BREAK

11:30 – 12:30P -  A Multidimensional Behavioral Analysis of Dog-Dog Playgroups in Shelters and Their Impacts on Human and Canine Welfare
Lindsay R. Mehrkam, PhD, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor, Director of Human-Animal Wellness Collaboratory, Monmouth University

12:30 – 1:30P - NETWORKING LUNCH

1:45 – 2:15P -  The Pets For Life As One Health Study: Results from the First Year of Data Collection
Kevin Morris, PhD, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver

2:15 – 2:45P -  Social Vulnerability Assessment of Dog Intake Location Data as a Planning Tool for Community Health Program Development: A Case Study in Athens-Clarke County, GA, 2014-2016
Jessie L. Dyer, MSPH MA, Doctoral Candidate, University of Georgia

2:45P - PM BREAK

3 – 3:30P -  Foster Care Improves Shelter Dog Behavior and Well-Being
Sheila (D’Arpino) Segurson, DVM, DACVB, Director of Research, Maddie’s Fund

3:30 – 4P -  Optimizing Outdoor Cat Management to Minimize Preventable Deaths While Reducing Populations: Insights from New Models
John Boone, PhD, Research Director; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Great Basin Bird Observatory; Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs

4P - Program Concludes

Download the conference brochure to see a full listing of sessions and descriptions.

Research Symposium Rates

* Early Bird ends October 3rd
** Regular starts October 4 and ends October 24th
*** Late begins October 25th


Hotel Information

Hotel: Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street, Houston, Texas 77010

Airport | Transportation | Hotel Parking

Airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
Transportation To/From IAH Airport: Shuttle, Taxi or Ride Share
Transportation To/From HOU Airport: Shuttle, Taxi or Ride Share
Parking: Self: 6-24 hours is $25+, overnight $28+ / Valet: 6-24 hours is $40+, overnight $48+
Directions: Directions to Hotel

Payment Information

Payment must be received or postmarked by October 3, 2019 to receive the Early Bird registration fee.
Regular registration must be postmarked with payment by October 24, 2019.
Late registration begins October 25 (Paid [postmarked] by November 15 OR paid on-site).

Refund Policy

Full refund if requested in writing to on or before October 3, 2019.
$50 processing fee if refund requested in writing before October 25, 2019.
No refunds after November 8, 2019


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