Dr. Andrew Rowan: Thursday, November 12th

Dr. Andrew Rowan, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief International Officer of the Humane Society of the United States, will be at the University of Florida for three speaking engagements on Thursday, November 12th.

Dr. Andrew RowanDr. Rowan has served in numerous board, advisory and consultative roles for government bodies (eg NIH, NIEHS, ILAR), private corporations (eg Shell, Iams) and non-profits.  Before HSUS, Andrew was the founder and director of the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy and started the first graduate degree program in animal policy (1995).  He chaired the Department of Environmental Studies at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  He was founding editor of the International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems and of Anthrozoos.  He has received several awards including a Rhodes Scholarship and the Henry Spira Award in 2002 from the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.  Dr. Rowan has authored and co-authored many books on animals used in research and alternatives, wildlife conservation, and on companion animal management and population control.  He was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.  He received a BSc (1968) from Cape Town University and an M.A. (oxon) and D. Phil (1975 – biochemistry) from Oxford University.  He is married and has three children, and don’t forget the dog!.  (see bio and published works here: http://works.bepress.com/andrew_rowan/ )

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is proud to host Dr. Rowan for 3 important presentations on Thursday, November 12th

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Reggae Shack will be served at each event: Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DrRowan

Lunch & Learn:
12:30pm – 12:50pm

Making Sense of the Numbers: Why Do We Seem to Have So Much Trouble with Benchmarking in Shelters?

Rowan Lunch and LearnThere are approximately 1,000 animal protection organizations in Florida who collectively raised and spent around $150 million in 2011 or about $7.75 per capita in Florida. Contributions income was $3.25 per capita and program revenue was $3.43 per capita. The largest 55 organizations raised and spent around $100 million. In other words, two thirds of the money was raised and spent by 5.5% of the organizations. How does Alachua County compare in terms of per capita income (count both Animal Services and the Humane Society)? If it is very different, should people DO something about it and, if so, what? Florida counties report their budgets online so one can usually find data on animal control. One can also obtain data from some of the private animal groups. Using these data sources, it is possible to look at animals euthanized per 1,000 people and dollars per capita spent.

1st Evening Session:
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Humane Dog Management: Implementing the US Model GloballyRowan evening session

When the problem of dog and cat “overpopulation” became a crisis in the 1970s, Phyllis Wright and a few other humane advocates and shelter managers proposed the LES approach (legislation, education and sterilization).  At the time, the US veterinary profession considered sterilization to be an unwarranted mutilation of animals but animal shelters across the country were euthanizing 80-90% of the animals they took in every year.  The humane movement led the way in promoting low-cost sterilization of male and female dogs and cats and today, shelter euthanasia is a fraction of what it was in 1973 despite a virtual tripling of the pet dog and cat population.  Could we apply a similar approach to the global dog population and change the way the world at large deals with dog management?

2nd Evening Session
5:00pm – 6:00pm

When the Problem is Not too Few Elephants (or Other Wild Animals) But Too Many: Wildlife Fertility control in PracticeRowan presentation

In the 1980s, the Assateague National Park was looking for a way to address the problem of too many wild ponies – they were destroying the fragile ecology of Assateague Barrier Island.   They turned to Dr Jay Kirkpatrick and a potential contraceptive that could be delivered by dart – the porcine zona pellucida vaccine or Zonastat. The approach succeeded and, in the late 1990s a South African veterinarian persuaded Dr Kirkpatrick to try the vaccine on a few elephants in the Kruger National Park.  The vaccine worked to interrupt elephant fertility and a long-term trial was set up in the Makalali Conservancy close to Kruger.   Today approximately 500 female elephants a year are being contracepted with the vaccine and we project that the number will soon rise to 1,000.