KNOWLEDGE POD #2
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Dr. Jackie Parr, BScH DVM MSc Dip ACVN, Scientific Affairs Manager and Veterinary Clinical Nutritionist, Royal Canin Canada
Dr. Parr will describe her tips for feeding surrendered cats. Her tips will cover not only what to feed, but how to feed, which can often be overlooked. She will focus on underweight cats, overweight cats and cats with upper respiratory disease. Each cat is unique and deserves the best possible nutrition! Let's make it happen together!
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Dr. Jackie Parr, an Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) 2009 graduate, is a veterinary clinical nutritionist with Royal Canin Canada and adjunct faculty at the OVC. Dr. Parr completed her internship and residency at Angell Animal Medical Centre in Boston and a Master's in biochemical and molecular nutrition at Tufts University. During her internship, Dr. Parr was awarded the Dr. Sharon Drellich Memorial Award for professionalism, collegiality and compassion. Dr. Parr returned to OVC in 2013 to complete a post-doctoral fellowship. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition in 2015 and is one of five board-certified veterinary nutritionists in Canada. She was awarded the OVC Young Alumnus Award in 2016. She continues to offer nutrition case consultations at Royal Canin Canada and has begun volunteering for Community Veterinary Outreach. She rebuilt the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition’s website in 2017 as part of her volunteer work with the organization (www.aavn.org). Her passions are teaching and social media. Dr. Parr has given numerous continuing education lectures at conferences and veterinary schools across Canada. She is known as the Kibble Queen on social media and blogs for Dr. Andy Roark through her personal company, On Parr Nutrition Inc. Dr. Parr enjoys watching hockey, lifting weights and spending time with her beloved Boston Terrier.
6:30-7:00AM SUNDAY AND MONDAY
Room: Neilson 1 and 2
These morning wellness sessions will be hosted on-site by the Calgary Humane Society. If you like to get moving on your mat in the early morning, Meow-ga is a great way to do it! It combines kittens and yoga to create the ultimate exercise and relaxation experience. Two different styles of yoga will be offered each morning. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat if possible. Classes are 30 minutes long and suitable for all levels. Water and towels will be provided. All #NAWC2018 attendees welcome.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Dr. Toolika Rastogi PhD, Policy and Research Manager, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS)
In 2012, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) published a groundbreaking national study about the cat overpopulation crisis faced by Canadians and their most popular companion animals. Cats in Canada: A Comprehensive Report on the Cat Overpopulation Crisis presented data and opinions collected from Canadian cat stakeholders, including humane societies, SPCAs, municipalities, veterinarians, rescue organizations, trap-neuter-return groups and spay/neuter organizations. It was the first report of its kind, elaborating on the negative consequences of cat overpopulation, including homelessness, overburdened animal shelters and euthanasia.
In late 2017, CFHS released a follow-on study, looking at changes that have transpired for cats after five years of dedicated focus to this issue. Results from the same stakeholder groups are presented, along with findings of a general population survey of Canadians regarding cat ownership, to reveal the current situation of cats in Canada.
The results tell a "good news, bad news" story. The good news is cat euthanasia rates have declined, cat adoption has risen, sterilization rates appear to be improving and there have been increases in the use and perceived success of TNR and accessible spay/neuter programs. The bad news, however, is that twice as many cats are being admitted to shelters as dogs, the fraction of those who are juvenile is twice as high as for dogs, and there continues to be more cats in shelters than homes available to take them in.
The persistence of cat overpopulation calls for strengthened communication across stakeholder groups and the development of an integrated response to address cat overpopulation. We welcome the opportunity afforded by the conference to engage in discussions about the next steps towards making progress nationally on this issue.
- How cat overpopulation issues have evolved over the last five years in Canada.
- How the 2017 cat overpopulation study was conducted.
- Discussion on how to move forward to end cat overpopulation in Canada.
Policy and Research Manager at the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, Dr. Toolika Rastogi leads a number of animal welfare research projects, including the CFHS annual collection of shelter statistics. She currently represents CFHS on the Canadian Council on Animal Care and is a member of the Steering Committee and Science and Technical Advisory Committee for Nature Canada's Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives initiative. Until very recently, she also represented CFHS on the National Farm Animal Care Council. Toolika holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, a postdoctoral certificate in conservation genetics and a Master’s degree in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development Policy.