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The Crissey Zoological Nutrition Symposium
Theme: Micronutrients in Zoological Nutrition
December 7th & 8th, 2012
The Purpose of the Symposium
This is the seventh of a series of annual symposia to honor Sue Crissey's dedication and contribution to the discipline of zoological nutrition. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together professional zoological nutritionists, animal researchers, interested students and zoological clinicians to communicate advances in the discipline and examine the state-of-the-art approaches to important questions in zoological nutrition.
Crissey, a resident of Burgaw, North Carolina, was a valuable faculty member at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Director of Nutrition for the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago at the time of her untimely death from ovarian cancer. She was a dynamic lecturer, meticulous researcher and reliable collaborator. Her contributions to our knowledge about the roles of nutrition in the health of both captive and wild animals of a wide variety of species have left a legacy and a model for young zoological nutritionists to emulate. This symposium is for professional nutritionists working with zoo animals, interested students, and, for the keynote address, the general public.
Program Chair: Eric van Heugten, North Carolina State University
Key Note Speaker
Eduardo V. Valdes, M,S.,Ph.D.
Disney Animal Programs
Disney World (Orlando, FL.)
Dr. Eduardo Valdes is the nutritionist for Disney’s Animal Programs where he oversees the Animal Nutrition Center, which prepares the daily diets for the animals in Disney programs, develops new diets, and monitors the efficacy of those diets in addition to conducting basic nutritional research. An internationally respected comparative nutritionist, Dr.Valdes is a founding member of the Nutrition Advisory Group (NAG) for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and has served on a committee of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Sciences.
Over his career he has had a particular interest in the development of new diets for captive wildlife, and has worked on nutritional issues of a wide range of Taxa, from elephant and giraffe to marine reef fishes. He has been active in the development of new dietary components specifically designed for captive zoological species.
Tuition for this course is $80 for attendees, $55 for speakers, and $30 for students. This fee includes breaks, reception, breakfast, and a proceedings manual. A refund less a 25% administrative fee will be granted for notices received in writing, either by mail, fax or e-mail, by December 6, 2012. No refunds will be granted after the symposium has begun.
Speakers submitting abstracts should see the information on the registration form.
Registration form is available here.
Location & Lodging
The symposium will be held at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A block of rooms has been established at the Ramada Inn Blue Ridge (next door to the college) at the discounted rate of $75 + tax per night. To reserve, please call 919-832-4100 and reference group code CGCZNS. Reservations must be made by November 23, 2012 to receive this discounted rate.
This course offers 10 hours of continuing veterinary medical education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.