*August 3-4: Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC
August 3: Presentations: “Pet Meets Baby,” “Dogs Weren’t Bred To Be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich Our Dogs’ Lives (canine enrichment), “Brain Dead Fat Cats” (feline enrichment), “Good Kitty to Bad Kitty” (common cat behavior problems), “Real World Pet Behavior” (case studies: pet behavior).
August 4: Presentations with Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB, “Getting Pets to Vets: Barriers to Veterinary Care for the Cat,” “Getting Pets to Vets: Empathy and Identifying Symptoms of Feline Distress,” Getting Pets to Vets: Tools and Strategies for Feline Training,” “Getting Pets to Vets: Pheromones, Nutraceuticals and Medications for Reducing Feline Distress,” “Fear Free: Be the Change,” “How To Diffuse Kitty Conflicts.”
*July 21-25: AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) Convention, participant
* July 6: Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists Veterinary Behaviour Chapter Science Week, Gold Coast, Australia. Participant via Skype “Benefits of Kitten Kindy,” 1:50 AM CDT
*June 29: Winn Feline Foundation Symposium, Fairmont Hotel (200 N. Columbus Dr.), Chicago, IL.
Moderator: “Ending FIP: Is there Hope?” Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD Distinguished Professor Emeritus University of California-Davis, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
*June 27, 28: Winn Feline Foundation Board Meeting and strategic planning, Chicago, IL. Fairmont Hotel (200 N.Columbus Dr.). Steve serves on Board of Directors, Winn Feline Foundation.
*May 21: Bark in the Park, Chicago, IL benefiting Anti Cruelty Society, co-emcee for what is billed as “Chicago’s largest dog party,” as thousands of dogs (and people) participate at the Green adjacent to Solider Field, including – for those who like – a scenic 5K walk along the Chicagolakefront, starting at 8 a.m.
* May 19: Central Veterinary Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
May 19: Cat Friendly Practices, American Association of Feline Practitioners “No Pain No Gain Revealing the Secret Sauce: How a Positive Feline Veterinary Experience Will Matter” (2 parts) and “Communications Boot Camp, The Feline Enigma” also with Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP.
May 19: “The Power of Enrichment: For Your Patients’ Heath and Your Practice’s Well-Being”
May 20: Ask The Expert Luncheon: “Media Training 101: Fight or Flight, What to Say and to Never Say”
*May 18: Cat Writers’ Association/BlogPaws, Sheraton at Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Moderator: WINN Feline Foundation panel – “Supporting Cat Health Studies, and Providing a Resource for Cat Writers/Bloggers” with Winn Feline President Elect Shila Nordone, PhD and Winn Feline Executive Director Vicki Thayer, DVM, ABPV
Moderator: American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) panel – “Cat Friendly Practices Begin at Home: How Your Help is Needed to Save Cat Lives” with Ken Lambrecht, DVM and his cat, Bug.
*May 13: Puppy Mill Project Mother in the Mills Benefit, Chicago, IL: Steve attends this benefit, as he doe annually. Because of organizations like the Puppy Mill Project, something is being done to support awareness of puppy mills, which sadly continue to thrive. .The event is at Moonlight Studios (1446 W. Kinzie Street), 7 p.m. The band Out of Control performs. Paul Lisnek of WGN-TV and CLTV is the emcee. Another way to help A support the Puppy Mill Project is to purchase a coffee table book featuring Chicago celebrities and their pets.The Chicago Pet Project is a ginormous book filled with images of notable Chicagoans and their beloved pets taken by photographer Karen Morgan, which I am honored to be included in.
*May 11: Westown Veterinary Clinic, Madison, WI. For Ken Lambrecht, DVM, Steve speaks about kitten socialization classes, “A Kitten’s Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” 6605 Mineral Point Road, Madison, 6:30 p.m. A benefit for Dane County Friends of Ferals, $5
* May 4-6: 2017 Nestlé Purina Companion Animal Nutrition (CAN) Summit, Vancouver, British Columbia, CA. Attendee.
* April 30: Fear Free Symposia, Phoenix, AZ Steve’s talk is “Why the Public Is Demanding the Veterinary Profession Look After the Emotional Wellbeing of Pets,” as a contributor to a long symposia with Marty Becker, DVM; Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA); Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS, Kathryn Primm, DVM
*April 6-7: Latin American Veterinary Conference, Lima, Peru. Talks include “Pets and Babies,” “The Other Side of the Human-Animal Bond,” “Case Studies: Is It Bad Behavior,” “Fear Free,” “Marketing 101 with Traditional and Social Media: You Can’t Help Clients You’re Not Seeing”
*March 30-April 2: American Animal Hospital Association Conference, Nashville, TN.
With Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, DABVP on Cat Friendly Practices “Communications Enigma, See More Cats!” and “No Pain, More Gain: Revealing the Secret Sauce. How a Positive Veterinary Experience WILL Matter.”
Moderate session on changing heartworm protocols, “Lead the Way, Save More Lives.”
*March 22: ASA (American Society on Aging) Conference, Chicago, IL Moderator “Better Together:Health Aging for Pets and People.” Panel includes Zara Boland, BVSc, BE, MRCVS; Steven Hannah, PhD; Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, Gerardo Pérez-Camorgo, PhD, DVM.
*March 13: SouthXSW, Austin, TX “Do You Speak Dog?”
Panelist with Pilley Bianchi of Chaser “The World’s Smartest Dog,” Loni Edwards of the Dog Agency and Herbie Calves of Link AKC.
* March 12; Fear Free Symposia, Dallas, TX Steve’s talk is “Why the Public Is Demanding the Veterinary Profession Look After the Emotional Wellbeing of Pets,” as a contributor to day long symposia with Marty Becker, DVM; Jonathon Bloom, DVM; Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior); Lis Radosta, DVM, DACVB.
*March 5-8: Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Attendee.
*March 1: North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine, Sanford, NC. Fear Free presentation, and moderator for presentations and lowering pet anxiety and Double Defense heartworm protection with Byron Blagburn, PhD; Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, Robert Wirtz, PhD.
*February 9: Recipient, Nobivac Pet Journalist of the Year Award, presented to Steve at New York Pet Fashion Show, New York. NY. http://stevedalepetworld.com/steve-dale-wins-journalist-year-dog-flu-coverage/ .
*February 3-7: North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL. Attendee.
*December 1-2: Colonial Veterinary Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
Steve talks about bringing home babies to pets (preparation to avoid issues and what to do if there are issues), kitten socialization classes, environmental enrichment for dogs and cats and various cat behavior topics. One big time passion, and program is with Theresa DePorter, DVM ECAWBM, DACVB as together they explain how to get Pets to Vets.
*November26: Guest speaker fundraiser for SPCA Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
* November 5: Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, Pet Partners, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Presentation: “Breed Specific Legislation: Does It Make Sense?”
* November 4: Centers For Human-Animal Bond Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Attendee.
* November 2: North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine, Sanford, NC Moderator for day-long continuing education on Double Defense heartworm protection, and parasite control in cats, with Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Bryon Bagburn, PhD, John McCall, PhD.
*September 7-10 Veterinary Congress Leon, CVDL Leon leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Presenting eight talks on various animal behavior topics, including enriching lives of dogs and cats, common cat behavior problems, taking various real world dog and cat behavior problems (case studies) and solving them, and are there actually downsides to the human/animal bond? http://cvdl.com.mx/
*August 5-9: Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, San Antonio, TX. Attendee.
*June 25: Blogpaws, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Phoenix, AZ.
“The Secrets to Successful SEO: What to Say and How to Say It?” with Bill Schroeder, inTouch Practice Communications.
Creating a blog and actually getting it read by your target audience are two different, very important things. Do you ever wonder if your hard work is paying off? Understanding analytics and what makes your blog attractive and findable should be of high priority. When you do reach people, what are you saying? Bill and Steve talk content, how to develop ideas, and how to use credible sources. But what if you just don’t feel like writing, or you’re “blocked?”
*June 4: LaGrange Pet Parade: America’s Original Pet Parade. One of Steve’s dogs, Hazel, makes an appearance too! LaGrange, IL. The route can be seen here. Previously, Steve’s previously been a Grand Marshall or co-Grand Marshall five times.
Of course, watching the parade – which includes hundreds of pets (mostly dogs, but an occasional cat in a carrier even hamster in a cage) – is free.
*April 30: 11th Annual Applied Animal Behavior Conference, University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, WI (at the Alliant Energy Center). Steve presents 9 a.m. to noon, on enriching lives of dogs, enriching lives of cats and the new Fear Free initiative (how to lower stress in veterinary clinics, and why that matters to animals and their people. Steve believes many animals actually think they are literally going to die at veterinary offices – he explains). http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/continuingedu/brochures/Behavior.pdf.
*March 30-April 2: American Animal Hospital Association Conference in Austin, TX. Attendee.
*March 10-11: Winn Feline Foundation Board Meeting and Grant Review Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. Steve is on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation.
*March 6-9: Western Veterinary Conference (Mandalay Bay Hotel/Convention Center) in Las Vegas, NV. At 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 Steve participates in a session about the dog flu, “Chicago: Lessons Learned,” with Melissa Bourgois, , DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Natalie Marks, DVM. http://www.eventscribe.com/2016/WVC/aaSearchBySpeaker.asp?BCFO=P
*March 3: Steve is host at the premiere of the movie “The Champions,” the story of the Michael Vick Fighting Dogs, AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, IL), at 7 p.m. This documentary is the story of the dogs rescued from Vick’s dog fighting ring. While there was a cry to euthanize all the dogs, Best Friends Animal Society outrightly rejected that idea. It’s a story of redemption, hope and overcoming prejudice. Steve will offer some words following the screening, and host a Q & A session with several representatives of Best Friends. Learn more: https://tugg.com/events/89974# and reserve tickets.
*March 1-2: Steve participates in a Pet Partners round-table discussion, Bellevue, WA with various experts to to discuss the creation of a set of evaluation exercises designed for Pet Partner teams working with children in animal assisted therapy or animal assisted activity sessions. Steve serves the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond Scientific Advisory Board. Learn more: https://petpartners.org/.
*February 26-27: Midwest Veterinary Conference (Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus). Steve speaks with veterinary Theresa DePorter, DVM, DACVB, ECAWBM about “Getting Pets to Vets” and he also talks about “Brain Dead Fat Cats” (enriching cats’ lives) and “Unemployed Dogs” (enriching dogs’ lives). Steve also speaks about marketing and how to use social and traditional media. http://www.mvcinfo.org/downloads/attendees/2016MVC-RegistrationProgram.pdf.
*January 17-19: North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL. January 18, Steve participates in a session about the dog flu, Chicago: Lessons Learned,” with Melissa Bourgois, , DVM, PhD, DACVIM and Natalie Marks, DVM, at 11 a.m..
*January 16: Fix by Five: Steve serves on a National Task Force meting, Orlando, FL to create a recommendation to set a standard for when to spay/neuter kittens. http://www.mariansdream.org/animal_welfare/the-cats-can/fix-by-five/beat-heat/.
November 28: Guest speaker fundraiser for SPCA Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.