2019 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

08/09/2019 - 08/11/2019
St. Louis, Missouri


August 9-11, 2019

Hyatt Regency at the Arch
315 Chestnut Street
St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63102

Early Bird Registration (through May 31, 2019): $60
Regular Registration (June 1 - July 31, 2019): $125

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2019 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference!

Conference Information

The AKC Canine Health Foundation invites you to attend the 2019 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference. This year's conference includes lectures on nutrition & disease, autoimmune disease, infectious disease & cancer, and genetics & genetic testing. It also offers a breakout session for veterinary students hosted by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and social events to facilitate networking among the students, scientists, and dog lovers that attend. In addition, the Asa Mays Excellence in Canine Health Research Award will be presented to honor a research investigator that demonstrates meritorious advancements in furthering the mission of identifying, characterizing, and treating canine disease. Please review the conference details on this page and we look forward to seeing you in August.


  Friday, August 9  
 10:00 AM  Registration  
 1:30 PM  Welcome  
 1:45 - 5:50PM  Lectures - Nutrition & Disease  
  New Approaches to Diagnosis and Therapy of Intestinal Microbiota Dysbiosis Dr. Jan Suchodolski
  Effects of Probiotics on the GI Microbiome and Immune System of Dogs and Cats Dr. Michael Lappin
  The Gut-Brain Axis and Those "Gut Feelings": Impact of BL999 (Bifidobacterium longum) on Anxious Dogs Dr. Ragen McGowan
  Food for Thought: Updates on Nutritional Considerations and Heart Disease Staging in Dogs Dr. Darcy Adin
  An Update on Cannabidiol Research in Dogs Dr. Stephanie McGrath
  Nutrition and Disease Panel  
8:00 PM Welcome Reception  
   Saturday, August 10  
7:30 AM Coffee, Tea and Light Breakfast  
8:00-11:45 AM Lectures - Autoimmune Disease  
  The Canine Health Information Center Program – Status Update and Call To Action Mr. Eddie Dziuk
  Addison’s Disease: A Research Update Dr. Steven Friedenberg
  Clinical Characteristics of Steroid Responsive Meningitis Arteritis in Dogs in North America Dr. Karen Muñana
  A Case of Mistaken Identity: Autoimmunity and Endocrine Disorders (Keynote address) Dr. Anita Oberbauer
  Vector-borne Infections and Autoimmune Disease: What's the Link? Dr. Linda Kidd
  Autoimmune Disease Panel  
12:30-4:45 PM Lectures - Infectious Disease & Cancer  
  Emergence of Canine Leptospirosis: Coming Soon to a Puddle Near You? Dr. Jason Stull
  The genus Bartonella and Vasoproliferative Cancers in Dogs and Humans Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt
  Advances in Immunotherapy for Canine Cancer Dr. Steve Dow
  Propranolol and Hemangiosarcoma: Can We Use an Old Drug to Learn New Tricks? Dr. Erin Dickerson
  Two Decades of Advances in Canine Hemangiosarcoma.  The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Getting Brighter, and It's Not a Train! Dr. Jaime Modiano
  Infectious Disease and Canine Cancer Panel  
4:45 PM Approaches to Genetics and Breed Diversity Panel Invited Speakers
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception  
7:00 PM Dinner and presentation of 2019 Asa Mays Excellence in Canine Health Research Award  
  Sunday, August 11  
7:30 AM Coffee, Tea and Light Breakfast  
8:15 AM Break-out session for veterinary students  
8:15AM-12:35PM Lectures - Genetics & Genetic Testing  
  Harmonization of Genetic Testing and Breed-Specific Resources Dr. Brenda Bonnett
  Cardiac Disease of Purebred Dogs - Genetics & Beyond Dr Joshua Stern
  Understanding Dog Breeds as Populations Dr. Jerold Bell
  Development and Utilization of a Genetic Risk Assessment for a Multifactorial Disease Dr. Leigh Anne Clark
  Genetics and Disease Panel  


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis for $155 per night plus taxes. You are responsible for reserving your room.

Continuing Education:

This program 272-37125 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 16.25 CE Credits (16.25 max) being available to any one veterinarian and/or veterinary technician.  This RACE approval is for the subject matter category of Medical Program using the delivery method of Seminar/Lecture. 

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Previous Conferences:

2017 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

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