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Friday, August 2, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center from 8 AM to 2 PM

The Feline Reproduction Symposium will be held in the Shades conference room from 8 AM to 2 PM.

Important: due to limited space in the conference room, the symposium is limited to 30 people. Get your reservation in early -- first paid, first confirmed!

Led by feline reproduction experts, this symposium is a MUST for veterinary staff or breeders, seasoned or new. Topics will include neonatal care, birthing difficulties, care of newborns, and causes for reproduction or birthing complications.

  • Seminar #1: Factors Affecting Reproduction by Dr. Rick Kesler
  • Seminar #2: Neonatal Care and Diseases by Dr. Margret Casal
  • Seminar #3: Eugenics and You by Dr. Nikki Crandall-Seibert

Seminar #1 —Factors Affecting Reproduction by Dr. Rick Kesler

Rick Kesler DVM

Reproduction is more than the Queen and Tom being in the same room. There are many external factors that we need to understand as breeders to have a successful breeding. Once we have accomplished that breeding, knowing all the external factors that we have control over, will come into play in utero and after Queening to maximize neonatal health.

Rick Kesler DVM is now a Senior Service Veterinarian with Royal Canin in the corporate affairs office. His duties meld well with Royal Canin’s philosophy of sharing knowledge to all breeders. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. He has worked with and in the breeder world for six decades now. It all started with his duties of feeding and cleaning his mother’s kennels. Since graduation he has practiced in the field of reproduction working with breeders of cats and dogs across the country. For a very long time his interest in Neonatology has fueled his practice. He has lectured throughout the United States and also in-ternationally, writing for journals dedicated to pets and being a consultant to breeders. He also has served as consultant to two large veterinary distributorships in the United States. Dr. Kesler has worked diligently to reduce the incidence of Brucellosis throughout the world. He is a co-author of Best Practices for Breeders regarding Brucellosis published by the USDA. He lives with his wife Julie in Kansas and spends his precious free time cooking new dishes with Julie, bicycling and reading Civil War books.

Seminar #2 —Neonatal Care and Diseases by Dr. Margret Casal

Dr Margret Casal

An overview will be provided on male and female reproduction including new methods that are not widely applied yet in general practice. During the last part of the presentation, we will go over common neonatal diseases and how to avoid them.

Dr. Margret Casal has been at the Section of Medical Genetics, University of Pennsylvania since 1999 and obtained her Full Professor status in 2018. Margret obtained her DVM degree from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, her Masters in Vaccinology from the University of Bern in Switzerland, did her residency in medical genetics, reproduction and pediatrics, and obtained her PhD in Gene Therapy and Pathology. She is Board Certified in reproduction through the European College of Animal Reproduction.


Seminar #3 —Eugenics and You by Dr. Nikki Crandall-Seibert

Nikki Crandall-Seibert DVM

What Breeders can do to Influence Kitten Behavior for Better Show Cats (and Pets Too!)

Nikki Crandall-Seibert DVM is currently a veterinarian at Westosha Veterinary Hospital, a high-end "mixed" (dog-cat) practice in SE Wisconsin. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, Nikki has spent most of her practice life in feline-exclusive clinics in Illinois and Wisconsin. Dr. Seibert recently completed her certification in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She has written many breed articles and has put together several presentations on breeds and handling techniques. Cats are her life, having shown cats since 1989, and had her first litter of Japanese Bobtails in 1991. Most recently, Nikki has been working with Khao Manee. She is also a provisional allbreed judge with The International Cat Association.

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