2016 Annual Conference Recap

15 Apr 2016 3:52 PM | Anonymous

We would like to thank everyone who joined us in Lisbon for our 42nd Annual Conference! The conference took place last week at the Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon, and we kicked it off with some fun and new and old friends on Sunday with our traditional Sunday Evening Icebreaker & Welcome Reception.

Monday morning, outgoing ATA President, Jennifer Woods welcomed everyone to the conference and welcomed our first presentation by Andreia Pereira Silva of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. Andreia (who had driven 18 hours the day before to be with us) informed attendees of the logistics and details that she deals with in transporting the performance stallions around Europe from Portugal. 

Dr. Morris Villarroel discussing his research on transporting pigs from Pamplona to Lisbon
Following Andreia, Dr. Morris Villarroel of the Technical University of Madrid provided attendees informative research on the optimal temperature and humidity ranges that affect livestock, particularly pigs, in transit. Concluding the general sessions for the morning, Jan-Willem de Gooijer, DVM shared a recent case study on the transport of white lions from Mexico to China.

After a lunch enjoyed at the restaurant on top of the Tivoli Oriente, attendees broke into our breakout sessions, where a number of studies and topics related to equines and lab/research animal transport were discussed and analyzed by both presenters and attendees.

Our breakout sessions continued through into Tuesday morning with an analysis of the effect of avian influenza on the world food supply, considerations for shipping pigs via air, and how AirFrance and researchers were able to work together to support each other and keep some transit routes open for lab/research animals.

Andrea Gruber of IATA LAPB moderates a session with Bruce Clemmons of FedEx, Gabriella Tamasi of IAG Cargo, and Marc Roveri of CargoLux

Mid-morning attendees convened again for general sessions, where we heard stories from the field around zoological transports, had a discussion about whether or not all animal transporters need to be certified, and learned how several airlines implement IATA LAR regulations. 

During lunch, the ATA board conducted its Annual General Meeting, where we voted on and welcomed our returning board member - Bruce Clemmons of FedEx - as well as welcoming three new board members: Cindy Brown of Calgary Airport Authority, Dr. Alberto Torres of Cobb-Vantress, and Luis Fernandez of Bioculture Group. The executive committee also welcomed Jeff Segers into the President role and Bruce Clemmons as the member-at-large director on the executive committee.
ATA Treasurer Kelly Wheeler, ATA Past President Jennifer Woods present the ATA Animal Welfare Award to Drs. Sunil and Premlata Choudhary of PetFly

We also awarded the ATA Animal Welfare Award to Dr. Sunil Choudhary of PetFly for their innovations in achieving improvements for the welfare of pets and companion animals in India. The board also was privileged to award the ATA President's Award to Anna Melino and Eric Bernier in recognition for all of their many years of service on the ATA board and the industry as a whole.
ATA Treasurer Kelly Wheeler, outgoing ATA board member and ATA President's Award recipient Anna Melino, and ATA Past President Jennifer Woods

After lunch, we announced the location and dates of our 2017 conference - 8-11 February in Hong Kong! - and convened for our closing general sessions on the adoption of electronic airway bill technology in the industry and the nuances of assessing animal welfare for all species at airports and animal hotels.

On Wednesday, attendees had the option of attending a performance of high dressage - or horse ballet - by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

Overall it was a great week and we would like to thank all of our attendees, presenters, and sponsors for their time and partnership in making this annual conference come together. We would appreciate your feedback and ask you to complete this survey. And we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong in February 2017! 

Sea Air International



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