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2014 “Pet Matters” Seminar Series

The Farm at Natchez Trace is excited to announce the schedule for our upcoming 2014 seminar series. Now in its 9th year, the Pet Matters Seminar Series is held on the 1st Sunday of the month, April through September, at 2:00pm in our lobby. The seminars are always free and open to the public, although reservations are requested. Parking is available in the circular drive in front of the main building just past the white farmhouse. Additional parking is located on the south side of the building. Tours offered for newcomers and returning guests alike!

April 6th
with Dr. Turner of Animalia Health & Wellness

Acupuncture can contribute significantly to your animal’s health and quality of life. In addition to increasing circulation and stimulating the body’s defense system, acupuncture can also help with skin problems, nervous disorders, arthritis, and more. Dr. Kristal Turner of Animalia Health & Wellness joins us for the first time to discuss the history, benefits, and scientific basis of acupuncture. Dr. Turner received her DVM from Ross University and earned her acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute.

May 4th
Pet First Aid & Emergency Preparedness
with Dr. Katie Smith of Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners

Pets are a special part of the family, so being prepared for when your pet has an emergency is very important. As the warmer months are getting near, your pets will most likely be outside more often, exposing them to things such as heat stroke, snake bites, and more. Dr. Katie Smith of Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners will be joining us to discuss first aid for your pets and how to be prepared for emergency situations such as these that might occur. Katie received her DVM from Louisiana State University and is currently the critical care veterinarian at Blue Pearl.

June 1st
Better with Age – Senior Pets
with Drs. Kunkel and Frevert of Little House Animal Hospital

Pets do become better with age and they are living longer than ever due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits; however, extended lifespans usher in a new set of health related problems. Dr. Kathleen Kunkel of Little House Animal Hospital will discuss feeding and exercise, common illnesses and diseases, and other issues which afflict our older best friends.

July 6th
Therapy Dogs
with Linda Brewer, Vice Chairperson, Therapy ARC

This year, we welcome back Linda Brewer, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Head Screener, for Therapy ARC to share insightful information on what it takes for your pet to become a therapy dog, including the temperament, training, and commitment needed to participate in Therapy ARC – Animals Reaching Clients. Linda has three Pet Partner German Shepherds and teaches puppy and basic obedience classes. She is also a certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Linda has rescued several dogs, cats, and birds and fostered them until they could find new homes – – even if some found hers as their new home.

August 3rd
Pets with Anxiety
with Dr. Elizabeth Shull of Nashville Veterinary Specialists

There are many forms of anxiety your pets can have that may cause a wide variety of behavioral issues.  Separation anxiety, hyperactivity, compulsive behaviors, and aggression are only a few of the problems that occur in pets with anxiety.  Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Elizabeth Shull will be joining us from Nashville Veterinary Specialists to provide information that can help you understand your pet’s anxiety issues and work towards the best treatment for them. Dr. Shull is a board certified veterinary behaviorist and a charter diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is also a board certified veterinary neurologist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Neurology.

September 7th
Cat Behavior
with Pam Johnson-Bennett of Cat Behavior Associates

Joining us again this year is Pam Johnson-Bennett, the host of the television series “Psycho Kitty” seen on Animal Planet in the UK and Nat Geo Wild in Canada, to discuss her trademark “think like a cat” techniques for multiple-cat households, litter box concerns, aggression, and other common feline behavioral issues. Pam is the best-selling author of 7 books on cat behavior, a certified cat behavior consultant and the former VP of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. In addition to her TV series, Pam serves on the American Humane Association’s Forum on Cat Health and Welfare and on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society. She owns Cat Behavior Associates, a private veterinarian-referred behavior practice in Nashville.

A question and answer session will follow each seminar. Refreshments provided.
To reserve your spot for any or all of our seminars, please email GuestServices@Thefarmatnatcheztrace.com or call 615-662-6628.