Animal Science Symposium
2016 State Animal Science Symposium
May 23-25, 2016
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616
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Who should attend
4-H staff, key 4-H adult volunteers, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) supervisors/teachers
Early Bird Registration: Cost to register before May 1, 2016 is $110.00.
Late Registration: May 2-15, 2016. Cost to register is $125.00.
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2016 Theme: Animal Welfare
The Animal Science Symposium is a train-the-trainer professional development conference with educational sessions on animal welfare and animal health led by specialists on animal welfare, animal health, and species-specific issues.
Day Two features a foundational training on Animal Welfare Proficiencies, a new research-based curriculum on animal welfare developed by the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension.
The ultimate goal is to augment the 4-H and FFA experience for youth by training leaders on opportunities to develop advanced problem-solving skills and enhance scientific literacy.
Symposium participants will be expected to implement the Animal Welfare Proficiencies curriculum with youth in animal science projects and classes. Participants will receive a curriculum kit and ongoing support will be provided via regularly scheduled conference calls with UC Davis faculty and staff.
4-H participants will be expected to train other 4-H adult volunteers and 4-H teen leaders to implement the Proficiencies with 4-H members.
Animal Science and Agriculture Career and Networking Fair
May 23, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm
Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Open to youth ages 9 - 18.
Network and interact with researchers, educators, industry and government organizations as they share their work related to agricultural topics, innovations, and issues. This is a good opportunity for youth to explore career opportunities in animal science and learn about internship opportunities!
Exhibitors: Sign up by May 1, 2016
Youth and Parents: RSVP for the Career and Networking Fair by May 18
To prepare adult volunteers to facilitate agricultural education
Youth need access to agriculture education programs that will provide a solid grounding in science and the skills necessary to contribute to their communities and the future of the field. The Animal Science Symposium will support adults - 4-H adult volunteers, staff, and Future Farmers of America (FFA) teachers - to facilitate agricultural education experiences to young people.
To promote good animal welfare practices among youth animal caretakers
Tens of thousands of youth participate in 4-H projects and FFA classes annually. The majority focus on the rearing, care, husbandry, and, in many cases, showing and marketing of live animals. These projects should also be cultivating an appreciation for the needs and well-being of the animals and as well as competitive goals. The evidence, however, shows insufficient or inconsistent on-farm and at-fair animal welfare practices, underscoring a need for systematic dissemination of animal welfare education among youth who raise project animals.
The Animal Welfare Proficiencies are based on concepts central to the assessment and enhancement of animal welfare, including interpreting animal behavior, monitoring animal health, and understanding the associations between housing, handling, and husbandry and welfare outcomes.
By providing training to youth educators on these proficiencies, 4-H and FFA members will develop good animal welfare practices that will result in ethical decision making among youth animal caretakers throughout California.
Martin Smith, Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, Veterinary Medicine Extension and Human Ecology, UC Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org, (530) 752-6894
Steven Worker, 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Coordinator, State 4-H Office, UC ANR, email@example.com, (530) 750-1341
Andrea Ambrose, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Services, UC ANR, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyssa Sankey, Program Representative for Animal Science Education, UC ANR, email@example.com
Cheryl L. Meehan, Staff Research Associate, UC Davis
Emily Schoenfelder, 4-H Youth Development Advisor, UCCE Colusa, Sutter, and Yuba Counties
Kelley Brian, Youth, Families, and Communities Advisor, UCCE Placer and Nevada Counties
|Monday, May 23, 2016|
|9:30||Arrivals & Registration|
|11:15||Welcome Keynote Speakers|
|1:00||Track 1||Track 2|
|Educational Session 1a||Education Session 1b
|2:20||Education Session 1b
||Educational Session 1a|
Species-Specific Education Sessions
|5:00||Animal Science and Agriculture Career and Networking Fair
|Tuesday, May 24, 2016|
|9:00||Track 1||Track 2|
|Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 1 & 2; Field Work||Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 1 & 2; Field Work|
|12:00||Lunch: Youth / County-based Presentations|
|1:30||Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 3 & 4; Share out||Hands on Workshop: Proficiencies 3 & 4; Share out|
|5:00||Dinner on your own|
|Wednesday, May 25, 2016|
|10:30||Professional Development, Implementation Strategies and Resources|
|12:00||Lunch / Capstone Presentation Speaker|