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Pet Food Conference Paper Presentation Opportunity

The American Feed Industry Association is pleased to provide an opportunity for three outstanding graduate or post doctorate students conducting research in the area of pet nutrition, pet food quality, pet food safety, the human-animal bond, pet food marketing or other pet food-related field to present their research papers to the AFIA Pet Food Conference.

Members of the AFIA Pet Food Committee will select the students based on their research topic’s relevance to the pet food industry, quality of the written submission and recommendation from the student’s academic advisor. The submitted papers can either be a presentation of original research or an original compilation of information of current or emerging interest to the pet food industry.

Students should develop the topic as an industry or trade conference presentation rather than for a purely scientific audience. Emphasis should be placed on the background and development of rationale with focus on conclusions and implications for the pet food industry. Conference attendees include 300 representatives from all major pet food manufacturers and professional roles within their companies.

Submission guidelines: All materials must be submitted to lcalderwood@afia.org by Sept. 27, 2019.

  1. A 500-word (maximum) outline of the chosen topic or research area. This does not need to be written in the format of a scientific abstract.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the student’s academic advisor including a description of the student’s public speaking skills.
  3. A full curriculum vitae.

AFIA is pleased to offer the following support of developing researchers in the pet food industry:

  1. The opportunity to speak to 300 members of the pet food industry at the AFIA Pet Food Conference.
  2. Free admission to the AFIA Pet Food Conference (including lunch).
  3. Up to $500 to cover transportation and the student’s hotel stay at the conference (paid upon submission of receipts).
  4. A certificate acknowledging selection to the program and a press release to be used by the student’s institution for promotion.