Evidence based raw feeding for dogs and cats – what do we KNOW now?

An invitation from the University of Helsinki:

An inaugural 2-day seminar at the University of Helsinki, Finland the 15-16th Sept. 2017

Food and diets are topics that for some reason makes heated discussions, so also when feeding pets! As there is nearly nothing published on this topic yet and as the dog owners are taking to the internet instead of asking veterinarians and animal nutritionists, we decided to fill this void: the DOGRISK research group at the Department of Equine and small Animal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Helsinki, welcomes you to join!

When? Friday and Saturday September 15-16, 2017. Please register now!

Where? Depending on how many register, we might have to change the room but for now: Friday: University of Helsinki main building (Helsinki city center campus): Sali 12, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki, 3rd floor. Saturday, same address but Pieni Juhlasali, 3rd floor. Coffees served, lunches and dinners are on you. For whom? Friday there will be more topics that interest the raw food industry but also vets and students. Saturday for everyone; Veterinary practitioners, students, dog owners but as we believe in multidisciplinary research, we hope other discipline academics will attend.

Language: English.

Registration: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/81306/lomake.html asap, (cheaper before September 1st, 2017). For registration please make one registration per person with e-mail address, telephone number and which day/days each of you will participate. Also, please inform if you are coming to dinner on Friday (everyone pays the dinner for themselves) and if you have some special dietary needs.

Cost: We will take a seminar fee as all revenues will go to sponsoring the nutrition research done by the DOGRISK research group at the University of Helsinki. In this way you simultaneously contribute to our funding…

The fee covers only lectures and coffees, but NO TRAVELING OR ACCOMODATION.

-Vets from other than the university, dog owners, industry, others: 150 euros/day/person

-University faculty/vets (-50%): 75 euros per/day/person

-University of Helsinki students (please show your student card at the registration): FREE!

-Dog food industry: 150 euros/day/person. Upon request; tables at lecture hall entrance, by coffee stands (Be quick, there are only very few! For prices, please contact us at hydogrisk@gmail.com )

Payment of seminar fee: To the DOGRISK account Nordea FI9610153500102368 before 1st of September, 2017. Receiver is Anna Hielm-Björkman / DOGRISK. After this date; 50 euros extra on top. Cancellation free till 1st of September, after that no refund.

For more info: Please contact Anna Hielm-Björkman, Docent, DVM, CVA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dep. of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, Surgery, P.O.Box 57, 00014, University of Helsinki (UoH), FINLAND ; Tel:-358-(0)44-3270462;

anna.hielm-bjorkman@helsinki.fi

Program:
Friday 15th Septemper 2017:

8.00-9.00 Registration outside Sali 12, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor (University main building)

9.00-9.15 Why we need a seminar for raw food and feeding, program, welcome – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki (UoH)

9.15-10.00 Which bowl of food does the dog select? Instinctive diet selection in the domestic dog – Mark Roberts, PhD student; AgResearch/ Massey University, New Zealand (NZ)

10.00-10.45 The effect of fibre inclusion in raw red meat diets on faecal parameters, including the microbiome” –Nina Butowski, PhD Student, AgResearch, Massey, NZ

10.45-11.15 Coffee and interaction

11.15-12.00 Effects of raw meat structure on feeding behaviour in domestic cats – Professor Dave Thomas, Massey University, NZ (Massey/Wageningen project)

12.00-12.45 The associations between foods and diets versus different neoplasias and cancers- data from the DOGRISK questionnaire – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.30 The role of the PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturors Association) Raw Group in raising standards, promoting responsible raw feeding, educating stakeholders, and monitoring the commercial raw market” – Michael Bellingham, PFMA Chief executive, also heading the PFMA raw pet food group, London, Great Britain.

14.30–15.00 What has so far been reported on pathogenic bacteria in pet food and their transmission to humans – do we know if there is a real risk? – Professor Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa, Dept. of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health, UoH

15.00-15.30 Coffee and interaction

15.30–16.15 Greetings from clients, vets and nutritionists to the raw food industry. – All researchers and nutrition consults

16.15–17.00 General discussion, Q&A, what now?

19.00 Dinner (at own cost) will be organized at 19.00 in the city so please indicate if you plan to eat with us (First come-first served principle: We take reservations to one restaurant, until there are no more places available) ————————————————————————————————————————————— Saturday 16th September:

8.00-9.00 Registration outside Pieni juhlasali, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor (University main building)

9.00-9.15 Why we need a seminar for raw food and feeding, program, welcome – Anna Hielm-Björkman, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UoH 9.15-10.00 Raw diet and immunity in dogs Johanna Anturaniemi, M.Sci (animal breeding, genetics), PhD student (animal nutrition), student of DVM, UoH

10.00-10.45 Hematology and clinical chemistry in dogs eating different kind of diets Noora Sjögren DVM, M.Sci (animal nutrition), PhD student (DVM) UoH 10.45-11.15 Coffee and interaction

11.15-12.00 Targeted Metabolomics analysis for determining metabolic changes after a high fat, low carb raw food diet compared to a low fat, high carb dry diet Robin Moore, M.Sci student, Dept. of Organic Chemistry, UoH

12.00-12.45 Ideas on how dog and cat food metabolism might really work…and what is a keto-genic diet in dogs? Anna Hielm-Björkman, UoH

12.45-13.45 Lunch 13.45-14.30 Five Conditions to Think Raw – Dr. Nick Thomson, BSc (Hons) Path Sci., BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS. President Raw Feeding Veterinary Society – http://www.rfvs.info

14.30–15.00 What you or your clients need to know about switching to raw – safely – Malin Ekblom, Raw food author and consultant, Finland. 15.00-15.30 Coffee and interaction

15.30–16.15 Instinctive diet selection in the domestic dog – Mark Roberts (PhD student; AgResearch/ Massey University, NZ) OBS: Same lecture as Friday morning!

16.15–17.00 The effect of fibre inclusion in raw red meat diets on faecal parameters, including the microbiome” –Nina Butowski, PhD Student, AgResearch, Massey University, NZ OBS: Same lecture as Friday morning!

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