2011 Conference

This is the 2011 conference overview with information describing the conference speakers as well as the conference courses.  If you have any questions about any of this information please contact us.

Presented by Jim Boller, Patricia Norris, DVM

This presentation will look at the processes involved in gathering evidence that can withstand the challenges of the court and defense attorneys.  The course will discuss the basic   aspects of evidence collection such as probable cause, affidavits, search warrants, crime scene documentation, video and photographic documentation, crime scene sketching, animal identification and tracking, animals as live evidence, veterinary reports and final reports. 

 Presented by Sherry Mangold, APNM, Senior Cruelty Case Manager; Lisa Bogle, APNM, Educational Outreach Director

Presented by Colleen Dougherty, volunteer, Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society

Do the words compassion fatigue make you shudder – or have you never even heard of it? We in the animal care community are subject to a unique form of stress (sometimes called burnout) that can also affect those in hospital work and public safety (police, fire, rescue, etc.). In this workshop we will learn what compassion fatigue is – and what it’s not. We’ll learn about the symptoms that may show up so we can recognize them and take care of things before we get overwhelmed, and we’ll learn two very important tools we can use to heal ourselves (and each other) when things get tough. We’ll also learn tips that will take the mystery and fear out of finding someone to talk to when we need a little extra help. At the end of this workshop we’ll leave with a virtual toolbox that can help us stay healthy as we continue to work on behalf of the animals.

Presented by Lila Miller, DVM

Shelter medicine is most often defined as herd health for small or companion animals. It is a challenge maintaining a balance between the overall health of the population and the welfare of the individual animal. This lecture will provide basic information about the key components of a comprehensive disease control program, touching  on population management, shelter design, sanitation, stress reduction and the medical health care program. Monday, August 22nd, 1:30 – 3 pm, Gran Quivera. 

Presented by Barbara Carr, Erie County SPCA

Presented by Susan Reaber, Animal Humane |  New Mexico, Behavior Specialist, CPDT-KA

The challenge of any shelter is to not only provide food, shelter, medical care and enrichment for its canine residents but to also teach dogs simple skills that will help them more quickly find a new home.  We believe that every interaction with our resident dogs at Animal Humane/New Mexico is an opportunity to work on each dog’s personal skill set. We all know that a well behaved dog will have a shorter stay at the shelter and will more quickly be on their way to staying in their forever home.  Our staff and volunteers learn that in every interaction, whether it is taking a dog out for a walk, moving them to the medical clinic or showing them to a potential adopter, is a training opportunity. This presentation at the New Mexico Humane Conference will be conducted in a combination of PowerPoint presentation, discussion and a demonstration with seminar participants and local shelter dogs. 

Presented by Gerryl Hall, DVM, Intervet Schering-Plough

Tired of ringworm, feline respiratory disease or panleukopenia outbreaks?  The presentation will review trends in these diseases, preventing outbreaks and how to deal with these issues on a limited budget. 

Presented by Kathleen Makolinski, DVM

What is high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and how can it be achieved? Pre-, intra-, and post-operative procedures are detailed. The importance of and surgical considerations for pediatric spay/neuter are discussed. Also reviewed are the development of standard operating procedures for a spay/neuter program and staff training. Opportunities for hands-on training in surgical techniques related to high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgery are presented.

Presented by Lila Miller, DVM 

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) spent two years researching and writing guidelines for care of dogs and cats in shelters. The goal of this document is to help shelters improve animal welfare and prevent suffering. It covers 12 topics that impact the welfare of dogs and cats in shelters, focusing on performance rather than engineering standards to allow shelters the leeway to determine the best use of  their resources. This lecture will provide an overview of the guidelines, highlighting some of the key recommendations for animal care and efficient shelter operations.

Presented by Jaclyn Sinclair, Animal Humane | NM Director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach; and Tammy & Paul Caster, Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department Volunteer Coordinators

The rewards and challenges of recruiting volunteers and retaining them  in the emotionally charged atmosphere of the animal shelter. This seminar will address some of the key ingredients of a successful volunteer program including: recruiting strategies, achieving good staff-volunteer relations, training of volunteers, preparing them to handle euthanasia, and simple appreciation ideas that will keep them coming back.   The presenters are volunteers who are managing the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department volunteer program and the staff director of the volunteer program at Animal Humane | New Mexico. 

Presented by Tammy Fiebelkorn

An overview of The Link, including domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, animal abuse and their relationships to one another. We will review efforts to fight The Link in New Mexico and discuss future plans of the Forming Positive Links Steering Committee. 

Presented by Thomas Schwarzer, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim

Presented by Mike Arms, Helen Woodward Animal Center

Presented by Sally Mayer and Helga Schimkat

Presented by Bryan Kortis, PetSmart Charities

TNR works – if it’s done correctly. One key to success in lowering free-roaming cat populations is to properly target available resources, including spay/neuter surgeries, volunteers and funds. In this workshop, we’ll discuss why targeting is now the cutting edge in the TNR field, how to go about doing it effectively, and where to find the funds to pay for targeted projects, including applying for PetSmart Charities’ Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter grants. 

Presented by Barbara Carr, Erie County SPCA

Presented by Kathleen Makolinski, DVM

Presented by Spay NM, Española Pit Fix, Animal Welfare Division Regional Spay/Neuter Facility.

Presented by Judy Babcock

Presented by Thomas Schwarzer, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim

A short course on Canine parvovirus, clinical signs, how it is diagnosed, as well as treatment and prevention. Followed by the history of the changing genotypes of canine parvovirus, and why it’s important to stay updated on what’s happening with the disease in the United States. In conclusion, a better understanding of the importance of current prevention and vaccine protocols, in both the clinic and the patient.

Presented by Gerryl Hall, DVM, Intervet Schering-Plough

Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) is a fungus present in the soil in the southwestern United States.  Outbreaks of disease usually occur after the soil is interrupted by weather issues such as wind that can cause disease in mammals. Outbreaks of the disease occur following dust storms, during flooding after severe rain storms.  This presentation will cover the clinical signs of disease, treatment options and plans for segregating populations was well as disinfecting areas after an outbreak. 

Helen Woodward Animal Center, President

Helen Woodward Animal Center President Michael Arms is a pioneer in the animal welfare industry. He is recognized worldwide as the creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and Iams Home 4 the Holidays.

Since his arrival in 1999, Helen Woodward Animal Center has grown dramatically. Pet adoptions have leaped to record levels. Our Education program has multiplied as we teach children about the unconditional love that only comes from animals. And our therapy programs touch the lives of tens of thousands of people each year. 

Mike Arms came to animal welfare in a most unusual way. He arrived in New York in the 1960’s ready to take on the world with an accounting degree and the desire to make it big. An employment agency suggested that he might take a position at the ASPCA because it would look good on his resume. Mike didn’t even know what an ASPCA was at that time, but thought it would be a good experience to manage the finances of such a large organization. The stress of seeing the horrors that mankind perpetrated against the animals of New York quickly became too much for Mike, as the ASPCA was killing over 140,000 innocent animals a year at that time. He gave his resignation and was running away from animal welfare. With just six days to go until his last day, Mike got a call that there was a dog hit by a car on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx. There were no ambulance drivers available, so he took off his suit jacket and put on an ambulance driver jacket and drove out to the accident scene. Upon his arrival he saw a black and tan shepherd/terrier mix lying in the street. The dog had been hit with such force that his back was broken – he was literally bent in half. As Mike approached the injured dog two men came out of a nearby doorway and asked him what he was doing. Arms calmly explained that the little dog was dying and he was taking him to the hospital. The men told him that he wasn’t taking the dog anywhere. Mike inquired as to if it was their dog and they said, “No, but we are taking bets on how long it is going to live.” Arms told them they were sick and turned to lift the dog into the ambulance. As he bent to lift the injured puppy, the men attacked him with a bottle to the head followed by the smack of a baseball bat and the sharp pain of a knife thrust into his hip and shoulder. Mike was knocked unconscious and as he lay in the street bleeding the little dog, who should not have been able to move, crawled to Mike’s side to lick him awake.

It was a true epiphany for Arms as he spoke to God and said “Let me live, and I promise you, I will do everything in my lifetime to protect them.” Mike has remained true to his word as the man who has saved more animals than any other person, living or dead, in animal welfare history.

Mike Arms. Just one more reason why Helen Woodward Animal Center is known around the globe as, “The Animal Shelter of the Future!”

Judy Babcock is a past and current Chairman of the Animal Sheltering Board and has served on several ASB committees since its inception.

Ms. Babcock is the founder and President of the Board of Quixote Humane, Inc., a non-profit, charitable New Mexico corporation established in 2001, which is dedicated to improving conditions for companion animals in Valencia County and supporting Valencia County Animal Control through the “Friends of the Shelter” division, which purchases equipment and other needs for the shelter through fund-raising. 

Ms. Babcock was re-appointed to the Valencia County Animal Control Advisor Board in January 2011. She had previously served since its creation, including serving two terms as Chairman and one term as Secretary. Ms. Babcock is also the Co-Chairman of the Bosque Farms Animal Control Ordinance Re-write Committee. 

Ms. Babcock works hard at spreading the word on animal welfare issues and serving an educational role for the community. She contributes the weekly Pet Page text about local issues, news, and information concerning animal welfare and provides photos and shelter statistics to the Valencia County News-Bulletin. She also writes the monthly A Second Chance News-Bulletin article that covers educational issues on pet health and welfare that include her photos of adoptable shelter dogs and cats that are inserted in business ads.

Houston SPCA, Director of Field Services

Education/Training: Faculty, National Cruelty Investigations School, University of Missouri; National Cruelty Investigators School Levels 1, 2 and 3; National Equine Cruelty Investigations School Levels 1 and 2; Instructor at Houston Police Academy; 28 years of animal-related experience.

He was also one of the professionals featured regularly on Animal Planet Television’s Animal Cops: Houston.

Erie County SPCA.

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department, Volunteer Coordinators 

Tammy and Paul had already been volunteers with the Animal Welfare Department for a couple of years, when, in early 2010, they stepped up to assume some of the duties of Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Albuquerque in a part-time, volunteer capacity, since the City was unable to fill the full-time position due to budgetary constraints. Their largest successes have included a tripling of volunteer hours at both of the city shelters and the Lucky Paws store located in the Coronado Mall, the establishment of a behavioral foster program which helps at-risk dogs get into a home environment, and implementation of volunteer-only offsite adoption events for hard-to-adopt dogs, some in conjunction with PetSmart.

A passionate animal lover and advocate, Colleen has spent the past 5 1/2 years caring for cats and critters at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society. Focusing daily on her commitment to enhance and renew the bond between animals and humans, she has taken her passion into the community in many ways, including training new shelter volunteers, creating and teaching a workshop on feline massage therapy (in which she is certified), teaching kids at this year’s shelter sponsored Critter Camp, and speaking at last year’s conference on the care and advocacy of critters (gerbils, mice, etc.) in the shelter environment. Colleen is currently finishing her graduate studies in Counseling Therapy at Southwestern College in Santa Fe. She lives in Tesuque with her five beautiful cats and darling little gerbil friend, Tootsie.

President of eSolved, Inc., a business and non-profit consulting firm. She provides project planning and management, community outreach, marketing, economic and environmental analysis, lobbying, operations and development services to a variety of clients across the United States. Ms. Fiebelkorn has degrees in Economics and Finance from Northeast Louisiana University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Environmental Economics from Colorado State University. Ms. Fiebelkorn is a long-time animal rights activist and volunteers her time on a variety of issues to improve the lives and legal standing of animals. She is the organizer of the Governor’s Conference on The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence, and the Chair of the NM Forming Positive Links Steering Committee. She dedicates time to legislative efforts for progressive issues, environmental protection and animal rights, and was instrumental in the passage of ordinances in Boulder and Estes Park, CO, that prohibit the exhibition of wild and exotic animals. Ms. Fiebelkorn lives with her geriatric furry kids – Spunky (16-year-old, 12-pound, mutt dog), Gertie (22-year-old, 3.5-pound, mutt dog and AHA Alumna) and Chloe (13-year-old rabbit) in Albuquerque.

Dr. Hall is the lead veterinarian for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health’s unique VetReachTM program. Her contributions to this effort include practicing in Atlanta, GA, as well as working with two rescue groups and one shelter; creating vaccination life plans for animals with genetic problems or suspected adverse events; presenting the latest product developments and applications to veterinarians, as well as keeping them informed on recent industry changes; updating shelters on immunology and sanitation protocols; visiting veterinary clinics and shelters personally to educate the staff on the issues involved in the use of currently available products. She also serves as the primary Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health representative at international, national and state meetings concerning biologicals, internal medicine and pain management. 

Key responsibilities include liaison between Intervet/Schering-Plough and veterinarians and shelters nationwide, coordinating Intervet/Schering-Plough Veterinary School Program, small animal and shelter medicine practice, and rescue.

She received her BS from Arizona State in Biological Agriculture, in 1978, and her DVM, from the University of Georgia in 1986. Her experience includes private practice in Atlanta and Orlando, relief work in Orlando, and Animal Control in Atlanta. She has also served on the Orange County, FL, Animal Control Board; chaired the Florida State VMA; coordinated National Pet Week activities for the State of Florida; and received the Special Award for Outstanding Support of Shelter Medicine from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Bryan Kortis currently serves as a program manager for PetSmart Charities, managing their Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter and Targeted Spay/Neuter grants.  Previously, he co-founded, and for ten years served as the executive director of, Neighborhood Cats, a feral cat group based in New York City, which administers a comprehensive city-wide TNR program, and is a leader nationally in educational and advocacy materials related to TNR.  Bryan has received awards for authoring, Implementing a Community Trap-Neuter-Return Program (published by HSUS), and The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook (pub. by Neighborhood Cats), and for directing the videos Trap-Neuter-Return: Fixing Feral Cat Overpopulation (produced by HSUS), andHow to Perform a Mass Trapping (prod. by Neighborhood Cats.)  He earned a B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as an appellate attorney for indigent criminal defendants and a creative director for an independent video production company.

After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Kathleen worked as an associate veterinarian caring for small companion animals for five years. She then served as Director of Veterinary Services for a limited admission animal shelter. Here she provided spay/neuter services for shelter animals, public animals, as well as free-roaming cats in a mobile surgical unit and devised standard operating procedures for the shelter. 

Since then, Kathleen co-founded and served as president of Feral Cat FOCUS, a community advocacy group for free roaming cats. She also co-founded Operation PETS, a stationary spay/neuter clinic in Western New York. She currently works for the ASPCA where she consults with the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics and helps various communities implement and enhance high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter programs.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force; APNM, Educational Outreach Director and Senior Cruelty Case Manager

Sherry Mangold is a retired secondary teacher and recipient of the Golden Apple Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Currently she is the Senior Cruelty Case Manager and Educational Outreach Director for Animal Protection of New Mexico. Since its inception, Sherry has been a member of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. For 20 years Sherry has volunteered as a Rescue Specialist for Greyhound Companions of New Mexico. She also serves as an Evaluator and Facility Trainer for the registered therapy dogs of Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers. Her furry family consists of rescued Italian Greyhounds and track Greyhounds. These family members serve as therapy dogs at Presbyterian Hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Los Palomas Nursing Home and various hospice agencies throughout the Albuquerque area.

City of Albuquerque

Lila Miller is a graduate of the veterinary college at Cornell University. She has over 30 years of experience at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), working in the shelter program, directing one of their veterinary clinics and currently serving  as advisor and vice president of Veterinary Outreach. She is also adjunct faculty at Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. She taught the first shelter medicine class at a veterinary college in 1999 at Cornell and is co-editor of the only two textbooks on shelter medicine, Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff and Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters. She co-founded the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) in 2001 and served as a member of the task force and editorial group that researched and wrote the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care of Shelter Animals. She lectures extensively on shelter medicine and anti-cruelty topics at universities and conferences, organized the first shelter medicine conference in Turkey and was presented with awards in animal welfare by the American Animal Hospital Association in 2005 and American Veterinary Medical Association in 2008.

Connie and husband, Mike Monk, started Alpha Dog Marketing in June 2005. She has been a key part of its success since the very beginning. With annual sales of $15 million and twenty employees, Alpha Dog Marketing continues to provide unparalleled direct marketing strategies and solutions to its partners in the nonprofit industry. 

Connie has been involved with direct marketing for the past 34 years and has worked with some of the largest not for profit organizations across the U.S. While at Metromail/Experian, Mike handled the accounts for National Easter Seals, American Heart Association, Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home, Make A Wish, Salvation Army, American Lung Association, providing strategies for mailing existing donors and developing new donors.  Mike has been involved with the Animal Services market since 1999 and has worked with over 150 Humane Societies.

Patricia Norris, DVM, is currently the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s veterinarian. She is the vice chair and veterinarian for the New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board as well as the veterinary forensics advisor to the NM Attorney General’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. She is a charter and current member of the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association. Dr. Norris was the chair of the Animal Welfare Task Force which reviewed and recommended changes to the animal ordinances for Rio Rancho. Those recommendations were adopted by the city council in April 2011. As a private practitioner, Dr. Norris created Pet Safe programs at her two veterinary clinics to provide free foster care to the animals owned by victims of Domestic Violence.

As Sheriff’s veterinarian she is part of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Team, Dr. Norris has been involved in many animal cruelty cases throughout the state – cases ranging from dog fighting, cock fighting, hoarding, felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty, to animal abuse occurring in conjunction with domestic violence. She has made several presentations on veterinary forensics to law enforcement officials such as state police, DEA, ICE agents, city and county officers as well as cadet classes. She lectured at the Governor’s Conferences on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence (2008 and 2010), the Uniting New Mexicans Against Adult Abuse (2010, scheduled for 2011), the New Mexico Advanced SANE Conference (2011) as well as the New Mexico Humane Conference (2010).

Animal Humane | New Mexico, Behavior Specialist, CPDT-KA

Susan began her behavior career in 1985 at the San Francisco SPCA where she counseled pet owners about their pet’s behavior. Since moving to Albuquerque, she has worked as an animal behavior consultant, teaching puppy and adult training classes and conducting private in-home behavior and training consultations. Susan joined the behavior department of Animal Humane | New Mexico in 2008 and is currently the Behavior Specialist counseling owners on their behavior helpline, training staff and volunteers and providing training and enrichment for their canine residents. 

Susan is certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers with professional affiliations from the National Association of Obedience Instructors and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Helga Schimkat is a lawyer and consultant who works on environmental and animal issues for non-profit organizations and state entities, including the Animal Sheltering Board. Helga’s work has included coordinating the New Mexico Humane Conference for several years, analyzing legislative bills for Conservation Voters New Mexico, providing legal representation for the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy and serving as Project Manager for Spay New Mexico. Since 1999, she has worked with several other New Mexico animal and environmental organizations as a contractor/consultant or as staff including Animal Protection of New Mexico, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, Audubon New Mexico and New Mexico Conservation Voters Alliance. Helga’s work with Animal Protection included founding No More Homeless Pets of New Mexico and serving as its first President. Helga has extensive legislative experience both from lobbying for the non-profits mentioned and from serving as legislative staff. Helga was the Chief of Staff for New Mexico’s House Majority Office and the lead analyst for the House Judiciary Committee for several sessions. She has practiced law in the private and public sectors in New York and New Mexico. Helga is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School. She is currently starting an Animal Law Section for the State Bar of New Mexico.

Dr. Schwarzer graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College in 1999 and practiced for three years at busy 24-hour emergency and critical care hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Schwarzer then relocated to Toronto to assist in the opening of a new emergency clinic launched by a group of 30 area practices. While practicing as an emergency veterinarian, he also taught client communication skills to final year veterinary students at the Ontario Veterinary College as a member of the Community Practice team. In 2003, he returned to the classroom to earn his MBA from the University of British Columbia, incorporating a semester abroad at the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney, Australia. In 2005, Dr. Schwarzer was recruited by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a technical services veterinarian during the launch of their new pet division. Dr. Schwarzer worked in adverse event reporting, pharacovigilance and technical support for both pet and equine products for three years before accepting his current position as a Professional Services Veterinarian for the Pacific Northwest. Tom currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Kathryn (a board certified veterinary cardiologist), two cats and two dogs.

Practiced law in Seattle, Washington, for 25 years.  After retiring to Albuquerque for some much needed sunshine, she and her husband began rescuing Schipperkes. Jaclyn became active with the Alliance for Albuquerque Animals and began volunteering at Animal Welfare’s Westside shelter where she walked dogs and promoted their adoption for over three years.  In 2008 she was hired as the Volunteer Services and Community Outreach Manager at Animal Humane | New Mexico where she has grown the active volunteer team from 100 to 360.  She is the proud pet parent of three rescued Schipperkes:  Diamond, Lita and Magic.

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