2018 Conference

The 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference:

Looking to the Future – Building the Next Generation of Animal Welfare Leaders

August 9 & 10, 2018 at Embassy Suites – Albuquerque

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Registration for the 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference will open May 1, 2018.

Registration fees:

  • $120 for the two day conference.

Conference registration includes access to any presentations held at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10. Includes vegan meals and snacks served at the conference. Option to RSVP for complimentary Thursday evening reception also available with 2 day registration.

We are currently still adding to our list of speakers and topics! Check back regularly for updates!

Vice President, Emancipet New School

Myles has extensive experience in supporting new and established spay/neuter clinics, full service veterinary hospitals, shelters, and community outreach programs. During his tenure at Emancipet, he has overseen all aspects of clinic operations, outreach, and training. Through Emancipet New School’s popular seminar series, Myles leads workshops on organizational culture, leadership skills, community engagement and more. Prior to his work at Emancipet he was with the National Spay/Neuter Project at the ASPCA coaching new clinic directors as they established their programs. His areas of expertise are leadership, training, staff management, low cost veterinary clinic implementation, and social change strategies.

Practice Manager, Petroglyph Animal Hospital

Pat is the Practice Manager at Petroglyph Animal Hospital in Albuquerque and Coronado Pet Hospital in Rio Rancho. She received her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager certification in 2012, Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) designation in 2013, and recently became certified under the Fear Free program. She has been a volunteer trainer at Animal Humane New Mexico since 2009.

Pat spent a year as the New Hope Rescue Coordinator at the NYC Animal Care & Control’s Manhattan shelter and formed close bonds with many of the rescue groups working out of that busy facility. In her role as hospital manager at a busy two-location hospital, she works closely with the Albuquerque Metro rescue community to make sure the medical needs of owned, stray, and rescued animals are met.

Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery of New Mexico, LLC

Kris Bannon, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC received her veterinary medical degree from Texas A&M University in 1998. She worked in a small animal hospital in Santa Fe, NM for ten years before starting the first veterinary practice in New Mexico dedicated to the oral health needs of our companion animals.

In 2008, she was the first veterinarian in New Mexico to earn the title Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (FAVD). She became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (DAVDC) in 2010. Both certifications are earned after years of intensive training, followed by a rigorous application process and examination.  As a Diplomate of the AVDC, Dr. Bannon became the first and only board-certified veterinary dentist in the state of New Mexico!

She was chosen for the Board of Directors for the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS) in 2006 and elected to President of the AVDS in 2013 for a 2 year term.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, is a consultant on the dental specialty board of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and is on the Animal Health Advisory Board for HealthyMouth, LLC.  In her free time, Dr. Bannon enjoys volunteering with the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation, using her advanced dental skills to benefit disadvantaged and captive wildlife in sanctuaries across the country. Dr. Bannon enjoys teaching other veterinarians about quality dental care, and lectures frequently within New Mexico, nationwide and internationally.

Dr. Bannon is very enthusiastic about dentistry, and wants to share with everyone the positive effects that good dental health and oral hygiene can have on the quality of life for our beloved furry friends. If you have any questions, please feel free to call, email, or just ask.

Adoptions Operations Director, Animal Humane New Mexico

Sam Blankenship has worked in animal rescue since 2009 and is currently the Adoptions Operations Director for Animal Humane New Mexico. He has had the blessing to work hands on in several different areas of the animal welfare world. Currently, his work supports adoptions, admissions, and shelter behavior at Animal Humane, the Bernalillo Anti-Cruelty Task Force, and the ASPCA’s First Responder unit. He oversees Project Fetch, a state-wide transfer program of Animal Humane that partners his shelter with over 20 other shelters and agencies in New Mexico to help with state-wide shelter pet populations. Since the programs beginning, nearly 12,000 pets have been transferred into Animal Humane. In addition to his regular duties, Sam’s work in animal welfare has allowed him to assist pets in other ways, including appearing in the 2014 broadcast of the A&E limited documentary series, Dogs of War, on pairing military veterans with shelter dogs for service work through partner organization Paws & Stripes, and traveling to Havana, Cuba to assist with street pet rescue.

Belinda is recently retired after twenty-eight years as the Director of Animal Care and Control in Fort Wayne, Indiana and thirty-three years in animal sheltering and field services.  She currently serves as an instructor for Code 3 Associates, teaching for the NACA/ NACHO academies and occasionally responds for the Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team for the ASPCA.  Her training specialties focus on cruelty investigations, animal hoarding, and forensic photography.  Belinda completed her undergraduate work at Northern Illinois University, her Master’s Degree at Indiana Wesleyan, is a graduate of the Fort Wayne Police Academy, and a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) through the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA).   She served ten years part-time in various divisions of the police department to enhance her own agencies relationships and abilities.  Belinda started working with animals in veterinary technical assistance then held the position of Executive Director of a non-profit humane society prior to moving to Fort Wayne.  Her agency represented the best of field services, sheltering, coalition building, cruelty investigations, and community relations.  Belinda has been a national advisor for both the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Association.  She is a frequent instructor at state and national conferences, provides training opportunities both domestically and internationally, and has completed multiple organizational program evaluations. She enjoys travel, hiking, and nature photography with her husband and their cattlepoo.

Senior Director, ASPCA Shelter Outreach

Karen Medicus manages the ASPCA Relocation: Mentoring project and facilitates fundraising, strategic planning, and Board development for ASPCA Shelter Outreach. Karen started cleaning kennels for a small humane society in 1976 and has since served in nearly every capacity of an animal shelter or animal control agency. As a CEO, Karen led two major shelter turnarounds – including successful capital campaigns – for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Florida and the Humane Society of Austin and Travis County in Texas. While in Austin, she landed a $3.8 million Maddie’s Fund grant – the third such grant ever awarded to a shelter. Karen was also a CFRE and major gifts officer in the southwest region for HSUS and vice president of partner relations for Petfinder.com.

She has taught workshops at national and at state conferences around the country, and in 2003 co-authored the HSUS’s Fundraising for Animal Care Organizations. Karen is a mediator, MBTI® and Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and a certified Dialogue Education fellow.

Senior Director, ASPCA Shelter Outreach

Kate Pullen joined the staff of the ASPCA in November of 2005 with the specific job of assisting the Louisiana SPCA recover from the effects of hurricane Katrina.   She is now a Senior Director for ASPCA Shelter Outreach, working again with organizations around the country, helping them find opportunities, grow programs, and solve problems.

Kate has over 26 years of shelter experience and prior to joining the ASPCA she was the Director of Animal Sheltering Issues for the Humane Society of the United States from 2000-2005. Prior to HSUS, Kate was the director of was the Director of the Humane Society of Baltimore County from 1990 to 1992, the Director of The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, VA, from 1993-2000.

Kate is a sought after speaker/advisor and expert on shelter operations, program development, shelter design, program implementation, disaster response, crisis intervention, board operations, and, strategic development. She provides extensive advice on a variety of topics to the animal welfare industry.

Kate has a degree in Business Administration and currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

We are currently still adding to our list of speakers and topics! Check back regularly for updates!

Courses for Thursday, August 9, 2018

Presented by Myles Chadwick, Emancipet New School

Thursday, August 9, 8:30 – 9:30 am

Over the last decade, non-profit work has become increasingly challenging to navigate as technology, standards, resources and goals have shifted more rapidly than ever before. In the face of constantly evolving needs, animal welfare leaders and new comers alike are often so focused on the task at hand, that succession planning rarely happens. Our movement needs both new and experienced perspectives and leaders who have been prepared and equipped to create lasting social change for the communities we serve. In this workshop we will explore what learning to lead takes and how passing the reigns can be an intentionally curated process, and not a reaction or event.

Presented by Belinda Lewis, MS, CAWA

Thursday, August 9, 10:00 – 11:30 am

The photographic compilation of the animal cruelty case should provide a permanent record of the scene and even more importantly, tell the story.  Your photography will compliment your full report package but only if completed, handled, and stored properly to maintain admissibility.  This session will cover the basic rules of crime scene still photography and video, appropriate handling of images to maintain continuity, and we will spend time with photographic challenges to ensure quality images that meet your goals.  We will discuss image capture from the scene in the field through transport, exams, and housing of animals in your shelter.  The objective is a case your prosecutor will be proud to carry for you.

Presented by Karen Medicus & Kate Pullen, ASPCA

Thursday, August 9, 10:00 – 11:30 am

As we look at sheltering today, remembering the basics and also embracing the newer approaches is key to providing the best care for the animals in our charge.  In this workshop we will review the basics and discuss the more recent approaches that have proven to be critical to the success of our programs.

Presented by Karen Medicus & Kate Pullen, ASPCA

Thursday, August 9, 1:45 – 3:15 pm

On top of everything else we do in a shelter every day – now we have to be concerned about the 5 Freedoms?!  Many of us have heard about the 5 Freedoms but we work in older buildings that were not designed for modern animal sheltering.  So, why are these important and what can we do to meet them?  We will review the 5 Freedoms, but more importantly we will dig into three things everyone can do on a daily basis to improve our services and programs for the animals in our care.

Presented by Myles Chadwick, Emancipet New School

Thursday, August 9, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Peter Drucker first said “Culture eats strategy for lunch” and since then, organizational culture has become a buzzword and a way of life for organizational development consultants. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what culture is, why it matters, and how you can create and preserve a great organizational culture through hiring the right people. This workshop is based on a transformation that our organization, Emancipet, went through, resulting in lower turnover, increased employee engagement, and improved culture overall. We’ll specifically discuss hiring in the animal welfare environment, which is particularly challenging when most of your job applications just say “I love animals!”

Courses for Friday, August 10, 2018

Presented by Myles Chadwick, Emancipet New School

Friday, August 10, 8:30 – 10:00 am

A toxic workplace is the Achilles Heel of any organization’s success: it leads to higher turnover rates, unhappy staff, and a reduced ability to deliver on mission. Conversely, a healthy workplace fuels teams to believe that the impossible is not just possible, but absolutely achievable. In this workshop we will discuss the important role managers play in creating and maintaining a healthy organizational culture, and attendees will leave with a set of tools and systems they can start putting to use right away in order to strengthen their skills as a leader, increase employee engagement, and guide teams towards success.

Presented by Belinda Lewis, MS, CAWA

Friday, August 10, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Agencies and individuals responsible for receiving animals for intake are frequently not the law enforcement arm that may be assigned an animal cruelty investigation.  When presented with an animal we suspect may have been a victim of cruelty or abuse we all want to do the best we can on behalf of that animal and any forthcoming investigation that may ensue.  How do we achieve that goal?  This session will review types of cruelty and what presentations create that initial suspicion along with the cognitive empathy approach that will achieve a productive conversation with the individual presenting this animal.  We set the tone for a successful intake to assist both the animal in need and the officer who will be receiving this assignment.  Once your intake responsibilities are complete it is time to move on to notifying authorities, exams, photographic documentation, care protocols, and housing.  We will discuss legal status of animals, costs of care, and continued housing through legal release.

Presented by Kris Bannon, DVM, Diplomate AVDC, Fellow AVD

Friday, August 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Oral pathology and dental disease are extremely common in small animals. In rescue situations, many animals have different or more severe oral problems than in private practice and client-owned situations. Some common problems in rescued dogs are severe periodontal disease, malocclusions, and traumatic dentoalveolar fractures (tooth and jaw fractures). In cats, fractured teeth, tooth resorption, and stomatitis are very commonly seen in rescue or shelter conditions.

This 90 minute presentation will demonstrate the presentation of the most common dental and oral problems associated with animals in rescue and shelters. Treatment options that can be performed prior to adoption will be discussed, as well as the short term and long term effects of these health conditions.

Every year, we honor a leader in New Mexico’s animal welfare industry with the New Mexico Humane Conference Animal Advocate of the Year Award. The Animal Advocate of the Year is an individual who works to promote respect and care for New Mexico’s animals, develops or promotes programs to bring significant to change to animal care in their communities, and embodies the compassion of our industry.

We need your nominations for this year’s award winner!

To nominate a colleague for the 2018 NMHC Animal Advocate of the Year Award, complete the nomination form by July 9, 2018.

Click Here to Nominate

Enjoy your stay in Albuquerque at our conference hotel – the Embassy Suites Albuquerque Hotel & Spa!

1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 245-7100

Special rates are available for our conference:

  • $119/night for single or double occupancy
  • $129/night for triple occupancy
  • $139/night for quad occupancy

Final rates will include applicable taxes and fees

Don’t miss the deadline! Reservations must be made before July 23, 2018 to secure conference rates. Discount block rooms are limited and available on a first come basis.

Reservations can be made by phone by calling 1- 800-EMBASSY / 1-800-362-2779/ 1-505-245-7100 or online using this link.

Please reference the 13th Annual NM Humane Conference when making your reservation.

Continuing Education Credit approval for the 2018 New Mexico Humane Conference is currently pending. Please check back regularly for updates.

The New Mexico Humane Conference routinely receive approval for CEUs for:

  • CPDT-KAs
  • IAABC members
  • Veterinarians & Veterinary Technicians through the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • Euthanasia Technicians through the New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board
  • Public Safety and Law Enforcement professionals through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety


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