Location:    Aloft Boston Seaport District

 Speakers:     Dr. Carmen Battaglia, Dr. Marty Greer & Dr. Jessica Hekman 

New England in the fall, beautiful Boston and wonderful like minded Australian Labradoodle breeders coming together.  What could be better?  Dr. Battaglia will discuss our breed standard, structure, movement, pedigree analysis, selecting sires, dams and more.  Dr. Greer will cover a variety of topics on all things pertaining to breeding and whelping.  Dr. Jessica Hekman will be speaking on the Genetics of Personality and using estimated breeding values (EBVs) as a way of making educated decisions about who to breed in order to move towards breeding objectives.  We also hope to bring back the ALAA breeder panel by popular demand.  Experienced breeders in our organization will field questions submitted by attendees.  Throughout the weekend, the Roundtable Committee is putting together opportunities for attendees to kick back, eat, drink and be merry.  You won’t want to miss it.

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About the Speakers

Dr. Carmen Battaglia is a behavioral scientist and a researcher.  He holds the Ph.D. and Master’s degree from Florida State University. He has worked at Emory University, Florida State University, DeKalb College and the University of Tennessee Space Institute.  

Dr Battaglia has authored several different books on dog breeding and gained worldwide recognition, most notably for the program he developed – “Breeding Better Dogs”. He has written more than 70 articles which have appeared in major dog publications around the world.  In addition, he is also a well-known breeder of German Shepherds.  He has personally bred and finished several Champions, Select Dogs, Futurity and Maturity winners. Today, he is considered an expert as well as a highly respected AKC judge of more than 40 breeds. 

To learn more about Dr. Battaglia please visit https://www.breedingbetterdogs.com/ 

Dr. Marty Greer received her Bachelor of Science in 1978, her DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University and her JD in 2010 from Marquette Law School. Dr. Greer and her husband Dr. Dan Griffiths own Veterinary Village and International Canine Semen Bank WI-IL. She has a special interest in Pediatrics, Small Animal Reproduction and behavior. She is Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health. She practices law part-time at Animal Legal Resources, LLC.  Her book: Canine Reproduction and Neonatology – for Veterinarians, Veterinary Staff, and Breeders is an invaluable resource for every breeder’s toolkit.

Dr. Greer is on the Board of Directors for the Society for Veterinary Medical EthicsAmerican Veterinary Medical Law Association, and the Society for Theriogenology. She has served on the Animal Welfare Committee and Education Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and is also president of the National Animal Interest Alliance.

Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master’s degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the “Siberian silver foxes”) which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She has worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a computational biologist, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin’s Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Today, she runs the Functional Dog Collaborative, a non-profit group which supports ethical breeding of healthy and behaviorally solid dogs. She also teaches behavioral biology at the Virginia Tech online Masters program for Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, and offers webinars online and consults with breeders about genetic testing and breeding choices. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs.

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