Penn Vet To Host Working Dog Conference

Cindy Otto to host working dog conference in Pearl River.

Cindy Otto, DVM from the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center, will host a working dog conference Sept. 7 through Sept. 9 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, N.Y.

The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Working Dog Center 2011 International Conference titled, "Defining, Developing and Documenting Success in Working Dogs," will feature experts discussing topics regarding puppy selection and development, performance testing, certification and physical conditioning of working dogs.

“Our mission is to share the knowledge available to improve the health, breeding and performance of working dogs,” Dr. Otto says. “Only about 30 percent of the dogs bred become successful working dogs and I hope the discussions from the conference will lead to improved solutions in ensuring their success on the field.”

Otto monitors the health of the SAR dogs that participated in recovery operations for the World Trade Center and other sites related to Sept. 11, 2011 events. Out of 300 dogs that responded, about 25 percent are still living.

The conference will take place in conjunction with ‘Finding One Another,’ a 10th anniversary tribute to the search and rescue (SAR) community of Sept. 11, 2011 whose efforts include paying tribute to the work of dogs and humans during Sept. 11 and supporting the needs of the SAR community.

Click here to register.


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