AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference August 7-9


Nonprofit Celebrating 20 Years of Preventing, Treating, and Curing Diseases in All Dogs Partnering with Purina to Bring Latest Medical, Scientific Advances to Light

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, celebrating 20 years of preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce it is hosting the 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference August 7-9.

Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare, the biennial event taking place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is expected to draw veterinarians, researchers, dog club members, dog owners, and breeders eager to hear from featured speakers on the latest medical and scientific advances in preventing treating, and curing canine health issues.

“This Conference is an important event for everyone who loves dogs or works to improve the health of these wonderful companions,” Foundation CEO Susan Lilly said.

According to Lilly, many of the topics that will be covered address new and ongoing research with applicability to human health issues such as stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine and epilepsy.

Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP, will be giving the keynote address, “Quality of Life in Senior and End of Life Years” on Saturday, August 8.  Dr. Villalobos is President Emeritus of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, past President of the American Association of Human‐Animal Bond Veterinarians, and charter member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. 

She is regarded as a pioneer in oncology, quality of life and end of life care, having earned her DVM in 1972 while completing a first generation oncology residency at UC Davis mentored by Dr. Gordon Theilen, the forefather of veterinary clinical oncology.

Dr. Villalobos is director of Pawspice and Animal Oncology Consultation Service, and founder of the Peter Zippi Fund, which has helped and placed over 15,000 animals. 

In addition to Dr. Villalobos’ keynote, conference presentations which have been reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for continuing education include:

  • Stem Cell Therapy for Supraspinatus Tendinopathy - Jennifer Barrett, DVM, PhD
  • Bright Mind Platform - Yuanlong (Gary) Pan, PhD
  • Osteosarcoma - Bruce Smith, VMD, PhD
  • Lymphoma - Jeffrey Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology) 
  • Personalized Cancer Treatment - Doug Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology) 
  • Atopic Dermatitis and the Mycobiome - Jan Suchodolski, DVM, PhD 
  • Atopic Dermatitis and Antimicrobial Resistance - Charles Bradley, VMD, DACVP 
  • Bloat Research Update- Laura Nelson, DVM, MS, DACVS 
  • Bloat Research Update- Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM (SA-IM), DACVECC
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Kenneth Simpson, BVM&S, PhD 
  • Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis - Josh Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology) 
  • Infectious Disease Prevention Recommendations - Jason Stull, VMD, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM 
  • Brucellosis- Matthew Krecic, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM
  • Senior Cognition - Gary Landsberg, BSc, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (Behavior) 
  • Regenerative Medicine Techniques to Treat Cartilage Disorders - Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD, DACVS
  • CCL Conformation Scores - Dominique Griffon, DMV, MS, PhD, DECVS, DACVS
  • Degenerative Myelopathy - Joan Coates, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Epilepsy Research Update - Ned Patterson, DVM, PhD
  • Nutritional Management of Canine Epilepsy- Holger Volk, DVM, PhD, DECVN, FHEA, MRCVS

More information and conference registration is available online.

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