Laser Rounds

Monday, March 30, 2015 

Morning Laser Rounds: 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Research in Veterinary Medicine: Biomedical research, with all its faults, has undeniably led to longer, healthier lives for people around the world. Since the end of World War II, that research has primarily been funded by federally dispersed US tax revenues.  The health of animals has benefited enormously from this largesse, as we have learned so much about the disease pathways that our species shares with non-human animals.  What is the future of animal-centric health research? Is it sustainable and does it need to be?
Speaker: David Haworth, DVM, PhD, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation

Tell Us a Tail: Making our state a better place for animals to live relies on human beings changing their behavior—sometimes significantly. In order for people to change their behavior, they must have a compelling personal experience. Stories connect people and spark these transformations. Learn how you can tell captivating, memorable stories that will inspire more than just “likes.”
Speaker: Emily Garman, Founder, The Social Animal

Battle Buddies - Bringing Home our Four-Legged Heroes: Over the past year, American Humane Association has reunited twenty-one veterans with dogs they served with on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. The organization also help veterans cover the cost of a service dog, care for retired war dogs, and provide therapy animals to camps for our brave military families. 
Speaker: Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane Association

Afternoon Laser Round: 3:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
The Great Horned Owl Cam with Alessondra Click: Imagine being five years old and trying to convince your parents that you are visited nightly by owls at your bedroom window. That's exactly what Alessondra was faced with when a pair of Great Horned Owl mates were scouting her second story window ledge for their family nest. Four nests later and a webcam with viewership or more than six million, "Alessondra's OKC Great Horned Owl Cam" has become an internet sesnsation among animal lovers worldwide.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Morning Laser Rounds
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
A New Standard of Care: The Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Speakers: Dana McCrory, Executive Director, Oklahoma Zoological Society; and Dwight Lawson, Executive Director and CEO, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens

9:35 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Design to Protect Elephants
What if persuasion and partnerships could change the world? What if we started now? We're inviting designers around the world to create work to persuade people that ivory is not a status symbol, but a symbol of cruelty and ignorance.
Speaker: Amy Johnson, Department of Design Chair, the University of Central Oklahoma and AIGA Fellow

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Cougar, The American Lion
A rare and astonishing look into the secret social lives and culture of a northern Rockies population of mountain lions, and their survivability against unimaginable odds.
Speaker: Melanie Anderson, Animal Protection Program Officer, Summerlee Foundation


Afternoon Laser Rounds
12:40 p.m.
Using an App to Help Distressed Wildlife
Animal Help Now uses technology to assist people across the United States, who encounter injured/orphaned wildlife, find the closest most appropriate help. The program started in Colorado in 2010 and expanded to Texas in 2012. In these states Animal Help Now also assists with domestic animal emergencies. 
Speaker: David Crawford, co-founder and executive director of Animal Watch, which operates the Animal Help Now program.

12:50 p.m.
Keystone Adventure School and Farm: Humane Education in Action.
Keystone guides children toward empathy, self-actualization, and love of learning through daily care and respect of animals, others, and self. Core subjects and life skills are explored through active play, collaboration, and a process of questioning provides opporunities for problem solving and critical thinking. 
Speaker: Elise Stutes, Audra Duhon, John Duhon, and Harvey Gray-Adams