IWDC 2021 Offers Opportunities, RACE Credits

The live portion of our virtual IWDC 2021 may have ended, but anyone can still attend the virtual conference, which will be available on the conference platform until Jan. 7.

If your interest or operation includes odor-detecting dogs, training dogs, explosive-detecting dogs, breeding, genetics and more, IWDC 2021 is for you. Registration price remains the same at $289 for full access to the three-days of recordings and additional pre-recorded presentations. Student registration is available at half-price as are IWDBA discounted memberships at registration.

Over 200 attendees, from 21 countries and all continents except Antarctica took part, including first-time delegates from Zimbabwe, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. You can still join these canine professionals thanks to advances in digital presentation.

IWDBA 2021 also offers 12.75 RACE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Highlights include:

  • Breakout sessions with Dr. Eldin Leighton and Jane Russenberger spotlighting the important roles of the International Working Dog Registry (IWDR) and its place for owners to add, edit, and view electronically stored records on their dogs. Zoom is required for breakout sessions.
  • Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center of the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Cindy Otto, on the training of scent-detection dogs. “A dog’s nose knows,” said Otto.
  • A talk by Dr. Esther Schalke, a founding member of the Centre for Applied Ethology and Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, Lupologic GmbH, now Kynoscience UG, established in 2009, explaining how dogs are able to detect Covid-19 by scent.
  • Two Texas Tech University Canine Olfaction Lab researchers, Dr. Nathaniel Hall and Dr. Edgar Aviles-Rosa, shed light on improving the training of explosive-detection dogs.

How to access the recorded IWDC 2021 on–line:

STEP 1: Register for the conference

If you have not already registered, do so by visiting https://cvent.me/ZbyEGa.

STEP 2: Login to the Virtual Attendee Hub at https://cvent.me/0KBvNz.. 

Once you click the link above, you will be prompted to enter your name and the email address that you registered with. You will then be sent a verification code to your email and mobile number on file.

STEP 3: Watch the recordings

Access the recordings by clicking Schedule at the top of the screen > On Demand. Please note that under the video you will find a pdf of the speaker’s PowerPoint along with their bio and email should you have any follow-up questions.