Session 1

Food Management: A Tool for Optimal Health and Welfare – Chris Jenkins (with Steve Martin) 

The diets we provide the animals in our lives are an important component of ensuring high levels of health and overall welfare, and the way we present these diets can be as important as the makeup of the diets themselves. Using examples from both the zoo and companion animal world, this presentation looks a number of different strategies for shifting up the way animals diets are managed in order to create dynamic, enriching environments and healthy, motivated animals that have the opportunity to “earn a living” like their wild counterparts.

Session 2

Contemporary Diet Management with Birds of Prey – Amy Fennell (with Steve Martin) 

Is my bird too fat? Is my bird too thin? How do I know what a healthy diet looks like for my individual animal? Do I really need to weigh my bird? Do I have to drop by bird’s weight by 10% before I fly him? How do I deliver food in a way that ensures my animal is healthy, is experiencing a high level of welfare, and remains actively engaged in performing desired behaviors?
While there are no simple answers to these questions, there is a wealth of information to be placed on the table for consideration! Join us as we take a deep-dive into this complex and important topic, with the goal of dispelling some ‘cultural fog’ and helping trainers proficiently navigate the ins and outs of contemporary diet management with birds of prey. 

Session 3

NEI TEC in Conversation – Steve Martin, Chris Jenkins, and Amy Fennell, Dr. Cynthia Stringfield

Join our 4 panelists as they discuss the topic of diet management, and its use (and misuse) with animals under human care. They will discuss the various way in which diet management can be a tool to help caretakers achieve optimal health and welfare, and the pitfalls that can occur when it is used poorly. In addition to discussing the presentations from earlier in the week, they will be answering questions from attendees.