AFIA Pet Food Conference

Jan. 26, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Event
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Missed the event? The recorded and slide proceedings are available for purchase, click here for more information. 

Pre-Recorded Speakers, available prior to January 26

Update from the AAFCO Mid-year Meeting

Erin Bubb, President, Association of American Feed Control Officials

Supplier Showcase: Alltech 

Pet Food Production and Ingredient Analysis

Rob Cooper, Institute for Feed Education and Research

Supplier Showcase: Trouw Nutrition USA & ADM Pet Nutrition 

U.S Trade Policy Under the New Administration

Gina Tumbarello, American Feed Industry Association

Supplier Showcase: Diamond V


Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Live Session

10:00 - 10:03 a.m.  Introduction and Welcome
Juan Gomez, Global Director, Companion Animals, Alltech
10:03 - 10:05 a.m.  Supplier Showcase Spotlight: Trouw Nutrition, USA
10:05 - 10:30 a.m. Pet Care in a Post-Pandemic World
Jared Koerten, Euromonitor International 
10:30 - 11:10 a.m Planning for the Next Pandemic: How Behavioral Economics can Improve Supply Chain Planning
Jonathon Karelse, Chief Executive Officer, NorthFind Management, Keynote Speaker 
11:10 - 11:50 a.m. The Impact of Animal Proteins and Fats on the Sustainability of Pet Food
Ansen Pond, Ph.D., Head of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory, Pilgrims/JBS
1:15 - 1:17 p.m. Afternoon Welcome
Scott Baker, Marketing Manager, SEM Minerals, LP
1:17 - 1:19 p.m.  Supplier Showcase Spotlight: ADM Pet Nutrition 
1:20 - 1:30 p.m.  Friends of Pet Food Award Announcement 
1:30 - 2:15 p.m. International Trade Update
Ambassador Gregg Doud
2:15 - 2:55 p.m. Training Dogs for Disease Detection: Their Role in Detecting Cancer and COVID 
Jennifer Essler, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
2:55 - 3:30 p.m. Federal Regulatory Update - U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2021
David Edwards, Ph.D., Director of the Division of Animal Feeds, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Graduate Student Presentations  
  • Grains on the Brain: A Survey of Dog Owner Purchasing Habits Related to Grain-Free Diets
    Sydney Banton, University of Guelph, Ontario
  • A Challenge for High-Pressure Processing Pasteurization of Raw Pet Foods
    Xinyao Wei, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
  • Dietary Choline and its Lipotropic Effects for the Benefit of Companion Animals
    Hannah Godfrey, University of Guelph, Ontario
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Contact Us


Contact Louise, AFIA’s director of regulatory affairs, any questions regarding conference agenda, committee questions and event expectations. 

SARAH NOVAK     (703) 558-3574       SNOVAK@AFIA.ORG

Contact Sarah, AFIA’s vice president of membership and public relations, for any questions regarding AFIA membership opportunities. 


Contact Lynette, AFIA’s specialist of meetings and events, for any questions regarding sponsorships and registration.