Educational Activities


Tours are scheduled for Monday, June 4 and will feature biosecurity, various disposal methods, decontamination, depopulation and the progressive agriculture and processing of West Texas. All tours will leave from the hotel and will end at Palo Duro Canyon State Park the second largest canyon in the country located in the Texas panhandle to network and review your experiences from each of the tours. More about the tours »

International Panel

Internationally issues related to management of disease, catastrophes, and animal mortality vary because of religious and societal considerations, regulatory constraints, health education programs, cross-border movement controls, and acceptability of certain depopulation methods. Guest panelists from several countries and parts of the world will be present to discuss policies and knowledge gaps related to their animal tissue management and or foreign animal disease outbreak experiences. Each panelist will provide a brief overview and respond to audience questions. More about the international panel »


Practical solutions to various challenges encountered in the management of animals, disease risks and mortalities, will be demonstrated at the Symposium. Participants will view vehicle and equipment sanitation, euthanasia practices, movement management and monitoring, application of personal protective equipment, carcass composting, and other animal tissue disposal options. More about the demonstrations »

Emergency Exercise

On June 7, a participatory learning exercise focused on a “massive weather event” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This Emergency Exercise will include breakout sessions and active participation in facilitated scenario discussions. Participants will analyze a fictitious catastrophic weather event impacting an entire region and identify issues and gaps related to depopulation, disposal and managing various contamination issues that would occur during the weather event.  More about the emergency exercise »


Since its inception in 2005, this international symposium has provided a venue for exchange of information through exhibition. Products, equipment, and service concepts will be displayed in an effort to increase awareness with management of routine and catastrophic animal incidences and consequent mortalities. More about the exhibits »