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The International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality, Products, By-Products and Associated Health Risk has slated its fourth symposium for May 21 to 24 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Dearborn, Mich.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis at 517-432-1555, ext. 230

 

International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality Slated for May 21-24


The International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality, Products, By-Products and Associated Health Risk has slated its fourth symposium for May 21 to 24 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Dearborn, Mich.

Managing animal tissue, which includes mortalities, products and by-products, is a significant challenge and a major responsibility for routine production of animals as well as in emergencies. Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire or weather-related stresses and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations have become significant environmental, biosecurity and waste management concerns around the globe.

The symposium will highlight lessons learned from animal health management during disease outbreaks, mass casualties and routine loss experiences. Symposium leaders will discuss new basic and applied research findings and critical assessments of public policy. They’ll address current and emerging disposal methodologies, animal tissues management technologies and disease containment strategies such as depopulation, disposal and decontamination. The overall intent of the symposium is to capture and disseminate new information on these topics and to stimulate development of additional research, policy development and educational programs.

Since its inception in 2000, the symposium has grown from a small meeting to a large research-, industry- and agency-driven conference that attracts more than 200 attendees including veterinarians, animal industry and government professionals, academics, cooperative Extension agents, food and agriculture emergency managers, public health managers, food animal processors and rendering industry professionals throughout the world.

The conference is supported by the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, and various government and educational institutions across North America. The symposium will be hosted by Michigan State University (MSU).

Currently, organizers are seeking sponsors, exhibitors and demonstrators for the 2012 symposium. Sponsors will have ample time and space to create networking opportunities with participants. Financial sponsorship can include supporting a meal or break, selecting an indoor or outdoor onsite exhibit to showcase a company's latest in technology or providing an off-site demonstration.

For information on supporting or sponsoring the conference, visit: http://web2.msue.msu.edu/smam/sponsorship.cfm. To register for the conference visit: http://web2.msue.msu.edu/smam/sponsor.cfm?id=intro.