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K-State Today

July 19, 2012



Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series features seminar on animal welfare Aug. 15 at K-State Olathe

By Communications and Marketing

The Kansas State University Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series will present its next luncheon seminar, "Animal Welfare: Impact on Industry and Public Perceptions," at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, on the university's Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

"One of the most sensitive topics in the animal health industry may be the treatment of production and research animals," said Elizabeth Evans, an assistant professor of biology at Rockhurst University. "There are a number of misconceptions about animal welfare, and differing opinions and public perceptions of animal welfare have far-reaching effects on food prices, availability, animal health and human health. These misconceptions and their impact on the industry will be among the animal welfare issues discussed at the seminar."

Evans, who has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, will be joined by Dallas Hockman, vice president of industry relations for the National Pork Producers Council, as the seminar's featured speakers. Evans and Hockman will share their expertise and perspectives on the socioeconomic effects and research implications that perceived animal welfare issues have on the animal health industry.

Interested participants should register by Tuesday, Aug. 7. Tickets are $50 per person and cover the seminar and lunch. Group rates are available.  For more information or to RSVP, visit http://www.ageconomics.k-state.edu/outreach or contact Kara Ross at 785-532-3526 or kross@agecon.k-state.edu.

The Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series is an initiative of the Animal Health Supply Chain Program offered through Kansas State University's department of agricultural economics in partnership with K-State Olathe. The lecture series contributes toward the greater mission of the Animal Health Supply Chain Program to enhance the competitiveness of the animal health industry and its supply chain through professional development programs and industry-focused economic and strategy research and analysis.